Mid-September already, and the garden is still blazing with colour.
Cosmos abound in shades of pink and white, their tall stems swept by the wind, alongside sweet peas in both ornamental and kitchen garden. The three sedums rescued from the original garden, and all now finally restored into the ground, seem to be in different stages of bloom, their colours ranging from the first gentle flush of pink to the brightest depths as the flowers fully emerge.
Nigella seeds scattered mid-summer have made a late appearance among the pale pink larkspurs at the front of the border.
Their gentle blue sets off the sweet candy pink larkspurs and tempers it slightly, taking over where the borage left off.
The wonderful deep purple larkspurs continue to bloom on the outskirts of the clump of leucanthemum, which hang their shrivelled heads sadly. I keep meaning to deadhead these daisies as they are not graceful in their decline.
Two clumps of penstemon have leapt late into bloom. I think that both came from my mum’s garden; both the deep pink above and the cooler shade below have been rather outshadowed by the dizzying heights of the cosmos; next year I shall ensure that they have their own space.
I suspect that I will move one of these plants soon too, now that I have seen them bloom, as they stand too close for such clashing shades, and will fare better apart.
The rudbeckia (R. fulgida var. speciosa) are glorious, blazing against the dark background of the sambucus nigra. I shall certainly increase our range of yellows next year with some helenium and more rudbeckia; they light up the garden.
On the other side of the garden, one of the three cardoons that I raised from seed has put forth unexpected flower buds – another late bloomer. I hope that these emerge before the frosts into the purple splendour that we fell for last summer in the Painswick Rococo gardens, though the buds themselves are rather beautiful already.
The verbena bonariensis raised from seed and finally given reign in the borders is gently flowering on both sides of the garden. Behind these plants, captured from the terrace, the third and most fiery pink sedum blazes in the sunshine in the newest patch of border.
I think that the next month could continue to see a few surprises while the weather holds; one of the half dozen young Japanese anemones that I have placed around the garden is showing its first bud; such coyness from this plant that I hope will be exuberantly throwing up many flowers from next summer through into autumn.
Elsewhere around the garden snapdragons smile in shades from deep velvety red, through soft pinks to pure white. Some annual asters cheer up pots in shades of pink, purple and white; valerian planted along the side of the house is flowering happily alongside purple hyssop and thyme, and there are repeat blooms on the yellow rose, and the rambling pink rose by the drive.
A few other late bloomers are unexpectedly emerging from the wings; I wonder whether they will show their faces in the next month…
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