Tricyrtis formosana ‘Pink Freckles’
Toad Lily. Shot against a wave of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
It’s the turn of the late summer flowers now. It may be hurling it down with rain as I write. And blowing a hoolie. But it’s still late summer. Yes it is. I was always good at denial.
Dahlia ‘Karma Chocolate’
The colours get ever deeper.
I lost this dahlia last year. I could say that I took the advice of the nurseryman (true) who said it would be fine to leave it in the ground over winter. We are in Devon after all. Or I could admit it was laziness that prevented me from digging it up and giving it safe refuge in the shed. Either way, it didn’t make it and this is the replacement. More appropriate seasonal accommodation is on stand by..
There is still colour in the terraces but it’s fading fast now. I do like the contrast (in the foreground) of Verbena rigida against the foliage of Saxifraga ‘Touran Lime Green’. The sharp eyed may have noticed that the back end of the terraces is more open than it was. We’ve been doing a lot more clearing in the wake of the big tree coming down. More on this in posts to come.
Rose ‘Boscobel’, enjoying a strong second flush
The inherited hydrangeas (NoID) have reached the stage at which I love them most. They are starting to fade and darken as they do. So much more refined than the shocking pink that this one started out. I’m torn between leaving the blooms exactly where they are or drying them in a vase. Or could it be that there are just enough of them now to give me the luxury of doing both?
A lace cap hydrangea that started life in shades of blue and has now faded to pink
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
An utterly irresistible new purchase.
Up on the Precipitous Bank, Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ seen through a froth of Anemanthele lessoniana
Echinacea ‘White Swan’
Remember last month my uncontained excitement at the sight of three (THREE!!!) Echinacea blooms? Well it doesn’t stop there. Now I have these. All.. two of them. Whilst readers may be suitably underwhelmed I should point out that not only have they, by some miracle, evaded the attention of marauding molluscs but they were actually grown from seed. I shall enjoy them while I can.
I found the slug to outdo them all yesterday morning. It was six inches long and I’m not kidding. If it hadn’t been for the torrential rain I’d have taken a photo to prove it.
There are more whites too..
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’
And some that should have been white. But weren’t..
Cosmos. Impure. Not that I’m complaining.
Harbingers of autumn.
Next month even I may have to admit that the season has changed.
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other September bloomers from around the world.