Plenty of dahlias this month after my splurge earlier in the year. Some of these are still in pots, and, not entirely surprisingly, not very happy. I’m trying to keep on top of feeding and watering, but there’s no doubt they’d be happier with their feet in the ground, if only I could find some ground for them….
The one above is D. ‘Tamburo’, and below, another dark one, D. ‘La Recoleta.’
Bright pink, D. Hillcrest Royal
and D. ‘Roxy’ are joined by
peachier Dahlia ‘Burlesque’ (with hiding visitor)
and even more orange, D. ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’
There are still plenty of roses still blooming, including the R. Pink Flower Carpet (which really has been a carpet this year, although looking a little exhausted now),
R. ‘Munstead Wood’,
R. ‘Jubilee Celebration’,
and R. ‘Pat Austin’
Plenty of Pelargoniums are looking good, including this one, bought cheaply last year at the local Car Boot Sale, unfortunately without a name,
and this rather more expensive one, P. Choun Cho, which is in a pot with the dahlia in the first photo above, D. Tamburo.
The annuals grown from seed are all a bit behind as I was so late getting everything planted out, but the following are starting to bloom – Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Black Prince,’
Calendula officinalis ‘Touch Of Red Buff’
self seeded Nasturtium Caribbean Crush (here with Achillea ‘Terracotta’, although not looking very terracotta)
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’
and Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’
Meanwhile the outdoor sweet peas are romping up the netting
but the Winter Sun ones are still flowering in the greenhouse (although now rather badly plagued by greenfly).
Also flowering their socks off in the greenhouse are my two pots of Plumbago.
In the Greenhouse beds, the pink of the Potentilla nepalensis ‘Shogran’ shows up well against the wall.
In these beds too there are both white and blue Agapanthus, grown from seed.
but there are even more in the strawberry bed. Although these were planned to all be blue, they too have turned out to be a mix, so I think once they’ve all finished flowering I’ll have a reshuffle!
In the Mid Century bed one of last year’s Gladioli, G. Black Star, is flowering again – this was also previously discussed here.
In the Swing Beds, there are plenty of pink blooms – Diascia Personata, grown from cuttings from the original plant generously given by Nick at White Cottage Day Lilies, joined by a Penstemon
and Salvia jamensis ‘Stormy Sunrise.’
And to finish a little conundrum. Below is one of two matching Mandevilla bought at Hampton Court to go in pots on the decking together with the Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ in place of the rather sickly looking Clematis. However, despite priding myself on having a pretty good ‘colour’ memory, they aren’t the same pink as the Pelargonium, so now what do I do with them? Probably plant and be damned, as I don’t know where else they’re going to go!
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.