Mid-September, and the borders are still blazing, with many of the same stalwarts continuing to shine, and a few newcomers joining the stage.
Verbena, rudbeckia, geranium, crocosmia, gaura, echinacea, monarda, nicotiana, salvia, buddleia, nepeta, dahlias and many others continue to flower their socks off, while the achillea and phlox are finally fading with a few last flowers.
The first anemones to bloom last month, Robustissima and September Charm, have tailed off in the past couple of days, while the remaining varieties have picked up the gauntlet and are still in full flower. The perfection and simplicity of Honorine Jobert’s lace handkerchief petals make it one of my firm favourites.
The sweet scented white trombones of Acidanthera sway at the front of the long border, floating above the short pink spires of Agastache Raspberry Daiquiri, with gauzy Stipa tenuissima billowing nearby.
Scabious and sedums are some of September’s superstars. The mounds of sedum (Herbstfreude) are blushing pink and are always covered in bees and butterflies.
In this border, claret clusters of the annual Scabious ‘Fire King’ complement the similar toned buttons of the Knautia macedonica which continues to flower further down the garden, and a single ‘red button’ on one of the Pennisetum thunbergii raised from seed this spring dances in the sun.
Another result of this spring’s seed sowing frenzy is the Scabiosa columbaria ssp ochroleuca, whose ivory and green pinheads and delicate cut-leaves take over where the fading Leucanthemum nearby have left off, beside echinacea, penstemons and the last flush of a phlox. Scabiosa Clive Greaves continues to push out pale mauve flowers with frilly petticoats, and the billowing clouds of burgundy and white scabious flowers still blooming in the field border looks suspiciously like the perennial ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’, though its origins elude me at the moment. (Did I sow this perennial variety and forget? Did it spring up unbidden, a gift from the birds? A small pretty scabious began to bloom in this spot late last summer, which I presumed to be from a pack of mixed annual scabious seeds. It could perhaps just be a more precocious offspring of this…? Hmm. )
The magnificent blooms of Clematis ‘Ernest Markham’ are enjoying our September sunshine, between showers, above a jumble of purple and white flowers provided by Monarda Schneewittchen, Geranium Orion and Aster frikartii Mönch.
I’m on an almost daily aster-watch, waiting for the buds to burst open on our other varieties, though that will truly herald the change of seasons so I can wait a little longer yet.
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