September Bloomers

Cyclamen hederifolium 002 Wm


Cyclamen hederifolium

There is no doubting that autumn is on the way when the Cyclamen start to appear. Some of these are already producing seed pods and sprouting their ivy-like leaves, which remain all winter.




Many of the old stalwarts have been flowering for months.


Penstemon Garnet 001 Wm


Penstemon Garnet


Astrantia Major Masterwort 001 Wm


Astrantia major


Meconopsis cambrica Welsh Poppy 001 Wm


Meconopsis cambrica, the Welsh Poppy

It springs up everywhere, but I’ve been trying to establish it in a drift on the bank, with mixed success so far. It seems that it decides where it wants to grow, not me.




Two new additions to the garden are starting to establish..



Tricyrtis formosana ‘Pink Freckles’


Chelone Obliqua 001 Wm


Chelone ‘Obliqua’

Also known as ‘Turtle Head’. Not difficult to see why.


Day Lily 001 Wm


Day Lily?

Now this one is a bit of a mystery. It looks like a Day Lily but is only about 12 inches high. And it only started flowering late last month. My best guess is Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’. But very happy to be corrected.


Verbena bonariensis 001 Wm


 Verbena bonariensis

 Still going strong and attracting insects a plenty.




 Other additions this year have been the Japanese anemones.

I hope they don’t turn out to be invasive.


Anemone Hupehensis Praecox 001 Wm


Anemone hupehensis ‘Praecox’


Anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert 001 Wm


 Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’


Anemone Hupehensis Rotkappchen 001 Wm


 Anemone hupehensis ‘Rotkappchen’




The sedums are just starting to open.

I gave them the benefit of a Chelsea Chop in May. As a result they are late, but will hopefully be more compact.


Sedum 001 Wm


Sedum inherited (variety unknown)

 A taste of things to come.


Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other September bloomers from around the world.


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  1. Antoinette September 15, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

    We have the cyclamen too both the white and pink variety and love them! They carpet quite an expanse under a red maple and another acer [both unkown mature trees]. They were a lovely surprise when they appeared the first autumn we lived here.
    This year there are fewer because it has been very dry in July & August.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      I think mine need to bulk up a bit. They were planted last year and still a bit spindly. They too are under acer, although a smaller one closer to the ground. Hence stretching themselves to reach the light.

  2. Denise September 15, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Welsh poppies and penstemons abounding here in Kent, too. The buddleia is still going strong and the French tarragon has bloomed, but I think this is because I was ruthless with cutting back its lemon balm neighbour and it has finally got some sunshine! Lovely cyclamen!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      I have started to collect penstemons. They just go on and on and behave themselves impeccably. You’ve reminded me to take some cuttings of the tarragon.

  3. Cumbrian September 15, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Wish I knew the names of all the plants in our garden.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      It’s easy at the moment as a lot of the plants are relatively new and I have not yet lost the labels!! The stuff I inherited is a different matter altogether.

  4. Pats. September 15, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Do try the larger Autumn crocus, in flower now, and a delicate lavender/lilac colour; the leaves appear earlier in the year and die back before it flowers. You must have a wonderful microclimate to have so much flowering at present, a great bonus!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      I will try some, thanks Pats. Most bulbs get eaten by the mice, but I keep going in the hope that I may find some they do not like!
      We are very sheltered here, on the side of a valley, it must help.

  5. Simone September 15, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    You have a wonderful floral display. A lot of my flowers have finished now – mostly being shredded by the slugs. I would love to have Astrantia Major in my garden along with ‘pink freckles’ – such pretty flowers.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      The slugs are back in force aren’t they. It’s too early to know how they feel about ‘freckles’, but they seem to leave the astrantia alone.. hope you’re feeling better x

  6. Denise September 15, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Any of those beauties could invade my garden and I wouldn’t mind.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      I sort of feel the same Denise, but may well be eating my words by this time next year..

  7. Jo September 15, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    So many things blooming. It’s a time when the garden starts to wind down and lots of things look past their best, but not in your garden. I really must get an astrantia, I say it every time I see one on a blog but still haven’t managed it.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t be without it. It’s long lasting, insects love it and it looks so light and airy in the border.

  8. Pauline September 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    You have plants flowering that were over for me months ago! My Welsh poppies and Astrantias finished such a long time ago and my Japanese anemones have just given up and are looking thoroughly miserable, I don’t think they are going to flower this year unfortunately, but you never know, maybe they just need this extra bit of rain that we were promised for today!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      We certainly got the rain.. 🙁
      I read somewhere that we should be chopping down Astrantia, foliage and all, mid season as soon as it starts to look a bit tired. Then it’s supposed to send up a whole new load of leaves and flowers. I nip off all the flower stems but leave the foliage, because I don’t want a big gap in the border. I do get some new growth, but not as luxuriant as the first time around.

  9. Crafty Gardener September 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    So many lovely blooms still in your garden.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks! It may well be a shorter post next month though..

  10. haggiz September 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    My japanese anemones have finished flowering – they can invade as much as they like, I love them! Love the photo of the cyclamen, especially the curls. Julie x

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      I planted the anemones with a lot of space around them, fingers crossed it will be a while before they become a problem. As invaders go, they beat bindweed!
      Those cyclamen seed pods are lovely aren’t they?

  11. woolythymes September 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    that certainly does look an awful lot like my stella d’or…..but mini!! and cyclamens!! in the garden!!! (I only see them around here in pots to buy at the holidays!!!!) good luck with the Japanese anemones….mine are EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      We can also buy indoor Cyclamen plants around Christmas time, but the ones for the garden are a much hardier variety.
      Those anemones are easy to dig up though, right???? 😉

  12. mermaid at frog hollow September 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Great photos!… I have anemones just starting and various sedums. Fall showed up here in Michigan with temps dropping down to lower 40’s… But it is bringing those later fall blooms out.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Kate and welcome to rusty duck!
      My anemones are newly planted, so I hope they’ll do OK. Getting colder here too now, the trees are just beginning to turn.

  13. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD September 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Your garden looks beautiful. I had that Astrantia at my former garden and just can’t seem to succeed with it in my current garden. It is such a beautiful flower. I try to remember to give my bigger sedums a haircut. I love your term — Chelsea Chop; maybe that name will help me to remember to do it come next year.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda and welcome to rusty duck!
      It’s called that because the time to cut them back is when the Chelsea Flower Show is on in London. It’s a good reminder for me too. 🙂
      For the first time this year I tried it on the asters as well. They are taking AGES to come out, but they do look bushier and seem to have more flowers than in previous years… we shall see!

  14. BadPenny September 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    What delicate blooms. White Cyclamen always remind me of nuns’ head dresses !

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I can see what you mean!!

  15. Mise September 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    My japanese anemones are mightily invasive, but I plan to mow them when I have the heart. You have a fine array of late-flowering blooms.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I should have put them beside the lawn, anything with the audacity to hang but a single leaf over the edge gets mown by Mike as a matter of course.

  16. countrysidetales September 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    The astrantia major is very pretty. Pouring with rain here. NOT a day to be in the garden 🙁

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Absolutely foul here too. Rain is coming in sideways and more forecast for tomorrow. I think I shall join the ladybirds and hibernate.

  17. snowbird September 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful set of pics, your garden must be such a pleasure at the moment.

    I am a huge anemone fan and you sure have some beauties. I also adore that pink freckles, gorgeous it is.xxxx

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks. The garden is getting more of a pleasure as I make some headway with it. Could do without the rain though, I was on a roll!!

  18. Jenny September 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Lovely selection. The tricyrtis formosana is gorgeous!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      It is. Will be interesting to see how it does, over winter especially. Thanks Jenny.

  19. Sarah September 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Your garden is looking so good. Your plant does look very much like the Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’ that we have in our garden. It is a much smaller plant that our other orange day lilies. I wish Welsh poppies would grow in our garden don’t the slugs and snails attack yours?
    Sarah x

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      They don’t seem to, nor the mice. But the poppies have a mind of their own. I scattered the seed where I thought I’d like a nice clump, and they’ve come up anywhere but. Thanks for the ID!

  20. Janie September 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what is better the flowers or the photography!

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janie. Dodging the rain showers this weekend..

  21. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA September 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    I love that cyclamen. Only houseplants in my zone. The curls and foliage are nice too. A very nice photo.
    I don’t think the anemones will be invasive, but if happy I find they do make quite a colony.
    I can grow that toad lily. My autumn crocus not showing yet, maybe in a few weeks.
    Do you get much snow there? No gardening here today, we are working on our wood stockpile for winter.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Winters vary in their severity, some mild and we can have no snow at all. The next winter, several inches of the stuff. Devon is in one of the mildest areas of the country, but we can still go down to -10C or below.

  22. nataliescarberry September 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Wow, you have some lovely “babies.” So glad you shared them. They brightened my day. I think the yellow one you asked about is a Stella D’Oro lily. Blessings, Natalie

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Natalie, identifying something you inherited can be tricky!

  23. elaine September 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Love the curliques on the cyclamen

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Fascinating how they use ants and wasps to spread the seed.

  24. Anna September 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed your September floral show Jessica. I can only echo your comments on the Welsh Poppy – mine came into the garden completed uninvited and I have never been able to get rid of them since 🙂

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      And don’t they come up in the oddest of places?? The one we photographed was growing out of concrete.. no soil in sight.

  25. CherryPie September 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely last bursts of colour to set us up for the autumn and winter months.

    • Jessica September 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      I hope they have survived today’s wind and rain! Glad you had a good time away.

  26. Marian September 16, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I normally see Cyclamen popping up here as well but nothing sofar this year. Very strange…. I didn’t know there was a flower called ‘Welsh Poppy’! Lovely! The Astrantia has long done blooming here. It ‘s something that only blooms once here, in springtime. Love the Anemones! That freckled flower and the Chelone are so exquisite! From what I see, you have a garden that’s still in full bloom. It’s great to have colour in the garden still when grey days appear.

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

      The weather has now gone seriously down hill, so I’m not sure how long the colour will last. The Chelone, after a couple of days of torrential rain is looking a bit sad. Many of my plants are in their first year, the garden is so newly developed. I’m looking forward to seeing it all next season when it will be more established!

  27. Willow September 16, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I could just sit and stare and flowers for hours … our farm is in best best flower bloom right now .
    Love your photos, thanks for the share !

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Willow,
      I need to resume my old habit of going for a walk every morning to see what’s new. We are trying to extend the season a bit, both ends, so we can have flowers for longer in the year. We shall see, made more difficult because bulbs are a bit of a challenge here.

  28. Helene September 16, 2013 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Oh, you have cyclamens already! Mine have only just stopped flowering, in late July, no sign of re-appearing just yet but I sowed some seeds last year and they have appeared as tiny seedlings on my nursery shelf this week. Loved your tricyrtis, I had ‘lemon and lime’ for many years but it disappeared and I miss it, think I will get some new ones. Your Japanese anemones are lovely too, I have a white one self-seeded from another garden so I don’t know the name, but it is pure white and in full flower still, would love to have some other colours. Thanks for the tour around your lovely garden, always a great pleasure to come and visit you 🙂

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Thank you Helene!
      I love the sound of ‘lemon and lime’ tricyrtis and will look it up. I do struggle with Cyclamen here, both the coum and the hederifolium. Perhaps it is too wet for them. I have the one little clump that we photographed and live in hope they will bulk up, as otherwise they are quite sparse. Well done with your seed!!

  29. Em September 16, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    They all look absolutely gorgeous. I’ve only got pink Japanese Anemones but would much prefer the white ones. So useful at this time of year when so little else (up here) is in flower. So true about the Welsh Poppies; I sprinkle the seeds where I want them and they come up everywhere else!

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      I’ve tried moving the poppies, but with that long tap root more oft than not they just curl up and die.

  30. Dorothy September 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers. I have never seen Turtle Head before but what an interesting flower!
    Also the Tricyrtis is so pretty. It has sort of a tropical look about it. It’s still early for cyclamen here, but I look forward to having them in bloom on my front porch. Thank you for sharing your lovely flowers!

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. Tricyrtis does look tropical, I hope it will survive our snow and frost, never grown it before…

  31. Rosie September 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    You take the most beautiful photos of the flowers in your garden! We have lots of both white and pink japanese anemone which do spread each year but not on as huge a scale as the spread of the aquilegias in spring. Other plants still flowering are cosmos which have done really well this year.

    • Jessica September 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      I must get some cosmos next year, they are lovely. Good to know that your anemones have behaved! Thanks Rosie.

  32. wherethejourneytakesme September 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    We have a Welsh Poppy that will insist on growing directly in front of our garage door each year in the tarmac where there is a slight hollow and obviously bits of dirt and leaves collect in this hollow producing the tiniest amount of compost for the poppy to take root in. Of course the ones I specifically planted in the flower bed came to nothing!!

    • Jessica September 17, 2013 at 12:14 am - Reply

      Perhaps this is the trick I have been missing. I have to sow them where there isn’t any soil.

  33. knitsofacto September 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous flowers!

    My Astrantia all gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago, I’m really hoping nothing has got to the roots. But the Cosmos, Pot Marigolds and Hollyhocks are still going strong.

    • Jessica September 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      It should be OK. I hope so, because one of my red ones has just done the same!

  34. My Life In Sweden September 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Wow, so many beautiful flowers! And I am so impressed that you know the names of them too – deserves another wow! 🙂

    • Jessica September 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alex. Just don’t ask me what they all are this time next year… by which time I’ll have lost all the labels! 😉

  35. finlaygrayJohn September 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Astrantia major is just lovely x

    • Jessica September 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      One of my favourites.

  36. Chel C September 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Lovely shots of the last of the late summer colour. My cyclamen has just started with a beautiful deep red but that seems to be it now due to the pruning session we did last weekend before the storm (that never happened). Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

    • Jessica September 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      I think it’s foreshortened for me now too.. on account of the storm (that did happen) 🙁
      You too Chel!

  37. Natalie September 22, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

    YOu take exquisite photos of your lovely flowers. Nice to see we share some varieties, although my turtleheads are pretty much done. I LOVE toad lilies!!

    • Jessica September 22, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie.
      Shortly after we took the pictures we had a storm, so my turtlehead flowers are mostly done for now too. The anemones are still going strong though.. and the toad lily is covered in flowers!

  38. Rosie , Perthshire September 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Oh what a great selection of September flowers especially that beautiful toad lily. In one of my previous gardens I had turtlehead popping up here there and everywhere and vowed that I wouldn’t grow it again. After seeing it feature on the last 3 blogs I’ve visited I wonder if I could try it on my wet clay patch. Maybe the moisture would restrain it?

    • Jessica September 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Oh lord, not another invasive plant! I do choose them.
      Luckily on the bank I’ve got a lot of space to fill. But in a few years I might be regretting it!

  39. Anna B October 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous selection of plants! Who said autumn was dull 🙂

    • Jessica October 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      There’s a lot of colour in autumn, that’s for sure! Thanks Anna.

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