If you had asked me earlier in the year, I would have said our garden is at it’s most colourful during the early summer.
Taking a wander round at the weekend, I’ve been surprised by the number of flowers still in bloom this late in the year so took the opportunity to walk about with the camera.
I’ve never been able to grow nasturtiums before and now they have overtaken the strawberry patch and it is still a sea of yellow flowers.
I was given this lovely fuschia by a friend and it is blooming away in the pot while I decide where I want to plant it in the garden. They are such exotic looking blooms.
Hardy geraniums thrive in our heavy clay and happily self-seed all over the garden, so much so that I need to dig some up and divide the plants to avoid them taking over. They are such a good plant as they make a nice mound of greenery that flowers from early May all the way through to autumn. Sometimes I cut them right back in August if they look a bit leggy and try to time it with going away on holiday. By the time we get back, there is usually new growth that stops them looking too bald.
This blue salvia was a new addition to the garden, bought to fill a space in a hurry. We planted three plants in a newly dug space in May and now have a four feet high bush looking perennial that has spikes of purple flowers. Another plant that has been flowering from May until November and my new favourite.
Just outside the back door is a self-seeded Hypericum Androsaemum. It is a plant that was mentioned by Nicolas Culpeper in his 1653 edition of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. The delicate yellow flowers give way to deep red berries. Sometimes, you walk past a plant every day without realising quite how pretty and intricate its flowers are, and marvel that it dates back so far.
This is one of two hydrangeas on the patio. Early blooms are white to pale lime green, maturing to mottled pink which is offset by the leaves also changing colour. It tolerates shade so is a useful plant to have under the pear tree where it reliably flowers year after year.
My blousey pink hydgrangea has surprised me with a last hurrah this week by producing one new beautiful flower as the others are all fading. Although it is late, I might pick a few to dry indoors. It’s a while since I’ve done that but they do look pretty in a basket.
It is not just flowers, there are berries too. This bush is just outside the door and it is fun to watch braver birds fly by to peck the berries. This year there is a really heavy crop of berries. The old saying is that the more berries there are, the harder the winter to come. We will have to wait to see if there is any truth in that!
There is also colour in the changing leaves around the garden. The boston ivy will be bright red in a week or so, the plum trees have gone bright yellow and started to drop, the apple leaves are mottling yellow and green.
It is nice to hang on to colour a little longer before autumn gives way to winter.