Mid-October, and the cosmos are still blazing in the borders, accompanied by the hot pink sweet peas which sprawl over the gap where I cut back the leucanthemum.
The electric pink flower-heads of the sedums have mellowed into warm raspberry tones.
By the terrace, Geranium ‘Orion’ continues to send up open blue flowers on long stems, which nestle against the foliage of the cosmos.
A few late spires of Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ echo this hue nearby, striking among the rich pinks of sedum and antirrhinums.
The antirrhinums add vivid splashes of colour to the front of this border.
Above them all, the verbena bonariensis creates a haze of lavender which continues to hum with visitors.
There is a change of mood across the garden, where rudbeckia bring a blaze of sunshine to the garden against the dark leaves of sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’.
After much anticipation, the first umbels of Ergyngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ have begun to turn a soft blue; I look forward to its display next year now that it has found its feet.
There are still one or two late flushes on the roses, and the alpine strawberries continue to flower and produce fruit regardless of the dwindling hours of daylight.
The new young Aster ericoides prostratus ‘Snow Flurry’ is covered in delicate white flowers. I hope to plant this out before the weekend is over and the weather is forecast to deteriorate.
Meanwhile down in the kitchen garden, borage and calendula continue to flower; and the last standing bulbs of fennel shelter beneath their canopy of acid yellow umbrellas.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.