Thanks for hosting Cathy.
I took these photos on Saturday as I knew I’d be out all day Sunday, and not only was it pouring with rain but the wind was blowing at around 50mph making it officially a gale. Consequently some of the photos are rather blurry as, funnily enough, is it was difficult to persuade the blooms stand still.
The number of plants blooming has dropped off dramatically in the last week or so, and the vast majority of my annuals have now flowered themselves to death. The blooms which are still flowering are overwhelmingly pink, a colour largely inherited when we moved in, but which has been further augmented over time, to the point where this post is rather extraordinarily monochrome.
The Rosa Flower Carpet Pink (top) I’ve mentioned numerous times, but it really is an incredible ‘doer’, (although the buds do get rather battered in the rain). Here it is joined by the extraordinary Nerine bowdenii – ridiculous flowers for November!
Another shrub Anisodontea capensis is looking better now than it has all year. It was planted a few years ago and has definitely taken some time to settle in. I grew one at a previous property against a south facing wall and to be honest I think it would prefer that kind of protection, but it does get plenty of light and has now grown to the extent that I’m thinking it could do with a spring pruning.
Another genus of plants hanging on are my Salvias. This one, Salvia Dyson’s Scarlet, was new this year and is still absolutely amazing.
Other Salvias still have blooms, but aren’t in the same league. This one’s Salvia East Friesland
And to finish, a rather incongruous shot of the heat and sun loving Zinnias, looking sad and bedraggled in the November rain.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD. Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?
So it’s September, which has to be Aster time – see Aster Frikartii Monch above. This is my definite favourite and I’m hoping next year my recent cuttings will be filling out the Swing Beds and forming a late purple haze together with the similar coloured Verbena bonariensis.
and Salvia East Friesland
This one a gift from my friend Louise at the beautiful Old Rectory Garden – Rosa Jacques Cartier.
And to finsh, a couple of annuals still looking good – magnificent Molucella
and still very fresh to look at (although now rather collapsed in habit!) Malope.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD. Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone has has blooming now?
I’ve gone for a mad orange and blue theme, with both the Scabious Kingfisher Blue and the Salvia East Friesland new.
Two of the orange plants were existing, the plant at the back left, Zauschneria californica ‘Western Hills’ has been in the greenhouse all winter, and I think in retrospect I should have trimmed back the top growth to encourage it to bush out a bit more. It does look a little spindly, but the flowers are great. The low plant, front left, is the one we brought back from a trip to Madeira over Christmas. It seems to be thriving, but I still don’t know what its called – any clues? And the one at the back right is the gorgeous Geum, ‘Totally Tangerine’. I love the way geum flowers sit on wiry stems, well above the foliage, and I do love the bright colours but have struggled to find a spot for them in the garden. Hopefully having this one in a pot will work. Both the geum and the scabious already seem well settled in and I like the way they wave about in the breeze.
The last component is a new Sedum – Dragon. Looked at closely there is a darker edge to every leaf. I like it poking out of the tall pot like mad hair.
Many of the pots in April’s barrow are still going strong, especially the fuschia and the cineraria, and they’ve now been moved to another area of pots, which has a pink/silver theme. Perhaps I’ll share those on the next Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day,