A combination of late flowers, drying seedheads and fallen leaves graces our mid-November garden.
Solitary flowers still dance on the long Gaura stems, clusters of Verbena bonariensis continue to bloom, while the sedum heads have turned a dark bruised pink.
Aster lateriflorus Prince, the last aster to come into flower, is covered in hundreds of dainty pink-eyed flowers. Across the garden, Aster turbinellus still looks fresh, although the earlier asters are all but over now.
The annual Nicotiana alata has been spectacular value, sweetly scenting the evening air for months and showing no signs of stopping, while the kitchen garden is still dominated by calendula and borage flowers that I can’t bring myself to clear until they succumb to frost.
Deep purple accents are provided by two identical fuchsias, raised as cuttings from my mother-in-law’s garden, along with Geranium Orion and Salvia nemorosa Caradonna, which have both produced late flushes of flowers.
The lime green foaming flowers of Alchemilla mollis look fresh against the flaming red foliage of Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’. Scabiosa columbaria ssp. ochroleuca is still daubed with ivory flowers, while shots of bright blue and deep plum from Salvia patens and Penstemon Blackbird still anchor the Nicotiana alata in the semi-circular border below the kitchen window.
Magenta flowers on the dahlia we bought at Great Dixter, labelled ‘fake Hillcrest Royal’, still provide a splash of colour. Of our own dahlias, only Twyning’s After Eight continues to bloom now. Soon all will be lifted and stored through the winter.
Cosmos remain undaunted by the cooler weather, and are still covered in buds and blooms.
There are odd flowers all over the garden: various other scabious, knautia, linaria, potentilla, antirrhinums, calamintha, campanula and monarda still pushing out blooms, and even the cardoon which the wind snapped clean at the ankle earlier this year has recovered not only a new set of silvered leaves, but also a dozen fat buds waiting to unfurl.
A pleasing amount of colour for such a quiet season. Thanks to Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day each month.