Blooming September


Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

 Isn’t this gorgeous? I’ve been wanting one ever since seeing it on a couple of blogs. Electric purple blue flowers coupled with jet black calyces. I have absolutely no idea where it’s going to go. According to the RHS it can grow up to 2.5 metres! And it’s tender, so it needs the shelter of a south facing wall. But there it was.. on a sales table at a plant fair. The key word here is ‘was’.

Finding a place for it is a challenge to which I must rise. And soon. Before it gets much colder.



Rose ‘Evelyn’

The roses are well into their second flush. They seem more vigorous than in recent years so they must have had a good summer too.



Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ (foreground)



Rose ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

..displaying the full range of her colours, orange on opening fading to pink and gold.



Patio Rose (inherited, variety unknown)

Rather too sugary sweet perhaps, after the demure pink tones in Lady Emma Hamilton above, but this shrub is literally covered in small blooms of exquisite form. It also adds colour to a dark corner of the garden so I have resisted the temptation to shove a fork under it. So far.




..getting redder.



Cyclamen hederifolium



Callistemon, after a rain shower

A second flush for the callistemon too. Its only bloom in early summer was snatched by a squirrel or a bird and deposited up a tree. Good to see it making up for it now.



More flowers for Astrantia ‘Roma’..



.. and Penstemon ‘Snowstorm’

Just as well really as this is the one I demolished by falling off the terrace wall.



Penstemon ‘Plum Jerkin’

By way of recompense I’ve bought it a companion.



Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’

Long on name, short in stature. Another in the series of compact perennials I’ve been seeking out for the terraces.



Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Fruits Carmine’


And to end with one of summer’s favourite scents..



Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocamocha’

Chocolate. You could almost eat it. If the slugs don’t get there first.


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