Autumn is coming. Colours in the garden are positively glowing now, enhanced by the softer light. Not least the rudbeckia. They deserve a gold star this year ‘cos they’ve been blooming for months. I do hope I can keep them alive over winter. Mulch, garlic spray from first sign of a shoot and a cage to protect them from rabbits and the deer.
Garish pink in summer it may be but my patience is rewarded come September when this inherited mophead hydrangea deepens to rich crimson. Last year I dried some of the blooms and they’re still looking good today.
The builders have finished their work at last. A sneak peek will follow in a future post, and it does look very good, but regrettably they left more than wet plaster in their wake. One of them was coughing and spluttering over everyone and everything last week amid claims of flu. ‘Man flu’ of course. There’s no way he’d have been up and down a ladder with a mortar board of lime skim if he did indeed have proper flu. But in defence of men everywhere, their brand of flu can still be wretched. Of this I can be certain because, perhaps unsurprisingly, I now have it too. Whilst I have resisted the obvious temptation to climb ladders and heft mortar I did manage a brief stroll around the garden with the camera a couple of days ago, before the lurgy took a hold. Bloom Day is Bloom Day after all.
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Pink Freckles’ (Toad Lily)
Some save their blooms for just this time of year and so welcome they are when much else is fading.
Hedychium gardnerianum (Ginger Lily)
And how about this as another gold star performer? Unlike the rudbeckia, its blooms are fleeting but oh so exquisite whilst they are here. The scent would knock your socks off too. It’s all the more remarkable because I moved the plant this Spring. Builders were knocking down that odd bit of wall jutting out from the side of the house. The hedychium occupied just the spot where they’d most likely plant their boots. It hasn’t moved far. All of three feet, if that, to the other side of the path. But oh my, what a difference. It has bloomed more enthusiastically than ever before and a whole six weeks earlier than last year.
Lavandula stoecha (French Lavender)
Wherever I’ve been in the garden lately I’ve been accompanied by bees.
Agastache ‘Purple Haze’
So many rose blooms have been ruined by rain this year. Boscobel has been one of the most determined to keep going.
Rose ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. Only just getting into her stride.
As one phase of the house project comes to an end so the next must start. The exterior of the cottage is being painted now. More upset for blooms. And more big boots. Rose trellises, complete with occupants still in their prime, lean precariously forward and off the wall. As ever this will be a long drawn out job. Given the delicate nature of the roof, specialist help is needed for painting the chimneys so the thatcher will return in the next few weeks. More ladders dug into the face of the bank. I sometimes wonder why plants don’t take a dive underneath the nurseryman’s bench when they see me coming. Talk about drawing the short straw..
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
In the line of fire but happy enough for now. I hope all those buds reach fruition before the ladders return.
Geranium wallichianum ‘Sylvia’s Surprise’
This one featured in last month’s Bloomers but I make no excuses for offering it up again. Since then it has doubled in size. I do love the way it winds itself around and through.
Also in blue.. Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Newly planted this year. With luck she will prove equally exuberant.
Leycesteria formosa, thriving on the woodland edge.
Also known as the Pheasant Berry, after its fruits of which birds are fond. Ptolemy should be pleased.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Unique’
Well, it’s late in the evening as I write and that exhaustively tested remedy for Man Flu, the Hot Toddy, is calling my name. I’ll leave you with a couple of the ever reliable persicarias.
Persicaria ‘Black Field’
A girl’s first persicaria and still her favourite. Just look at that colour.
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of September bloomers from around the world.