In general, I think people who love autumn are a bit strange. To me it seems a negative, downhill time of year, but on a day like today when the sun’s shining, the birds are singing and the garden’s not yet a soggy, decaying mess, I’m prepared to cut autumn some slack. Even more so when I can pop into the garden and still rustle up a small vase of pink lovelies.
In today’s vase are a few Rosa St Swithuns, Salvia Cerro Potosi,
a random (out of focus) Pelargonium,
and plenty of bright pink Flower Carpet roses, as well as three stems of silvery Phlomis italica for foliage.
Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see her spectacular fireworks inspired Monday creation?
I’ve blogged numerous times about the St Helens Duver – the National Trust owned area of heathland opposite where we live – but not recently. (For a while I contributed regularly to a wildflower meme, and you can see the posts by selecting the ‘Wildflower Wednesday’ category).
Sunday’s sunshine, after Saturday’s grey, was such a treat I’m taking you on the usual circuit and sharing a few wild flowers along the way.
These hips are so fabulous I’d be tempted to pick a few, but they’re on a bramble clad bank between the path and the road and therefore completely inaccessible. I’ll just have to admire from a distance.
whilst looking the other way, I spied a number of glowing Iris foetidissima seed heads.
At the bottom of the path, looking back across Bembridge Harbour, you can see over to Brading Haven yacht club. There was plenty of activity there today, but rather them than me.
(I did actually sail a lot in my twenties, including racing back from Lisbon to Southampton, and from Aarhus in Denmark across the North Sea and round the top of Scotland to the Clyde. These days I’d generally rather be on dry land, but seeing the jolly sails on such a beautiful day did start to make me wonder….)
The grassland above is one of the sites of the fantastic drifts of sea thrift Armeria maritima during May, which I’ve blogged about here. There are still a few clinging on,
together with the odd chamomile – I think this is Chamaemelum nobile.
Rounding the corner and onto the beach I saw the dinghies has beaten me there!
And, while I’m diverging from the flowers, just thought I’d share a picture of Nimbus, in honour of his upcoming ninth birthday.
And finally, also nothing to do with flowers, anyone else devastated by tonight’s Strictly outcome?
Today’s ‘End of Month View’ features photos actually taken on Friday as it was such a beautiful day I was compelled to capture it.
This first view is over the statuesque Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’ to Bembridge harbour beyond. Amazing to think that, as a half hardy annual, the Ricinus was just a seed eight months ago!
Walking across the decking there are still blooms on the Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’
The Swing Beds still have a bit of colour, largely from the Salvias, but also the Verbena bonariensis and a few asters and roses
The pergola is luxuriantly draped in Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, but surely the amazing thing about this shot is the colour of the sky!
This Grass Bed photo is one of total chaos, and is in fact is no longer representative as I spent Saturday afternoon pulling out all the spent annuals and rediscovering the Stipa tenuissima at the back, which give the bed its name. Dozens and dozens of Nasturtium seeds fell onto the bed as I was clearing, so next year they’ll be back with a similar vengeance unless I’m very determined.
I finally got my bulb order in last weekend and this bed is destined to be one of the beneficiaries. Last year the vast majority of bulbs planted here were eaten by some critter or other, so I’m hoping next year will be more successful.
it’s already come a long way from this twig (see to the left of this photo from April). I wonder if next year it will flower?
With thanks to Steve, at Glebe House Garden, who now hosts End of Month views.
Although a rather grey day, this was another bucket list garden, and despite it being the OH’s birthday weekend, I was indulged with a visit (although I did have to pay for lunch!)
Hauser and Wirth is a fabulous arts centre near Bruton in Somerset and was created from a number of historic farm buildings a couple of years ago.
Behind the gallery, Piet Oudolf has designed a 1.5 acre perennial meadow. The garden exhibited the classic Oudolf approach to design, relying on contrasting forms and textures for interest, rather than clever colour combinations.
There were numerous planting combinations that were just that bit different, and, as with another Oudolf garden, Scampston Hall (which I visited a couple of years ago), there was a comprehensive plant list, so it was good to be able to identify less obvious plants.
And of course, there were plenty of grasses.