I had assumed that this would be a post dominated by Autumn leaves rather than flowers, but here I am again, starting a GBBD post with the faithful pot marigolds. Their accompanying tomatoes have long since been relegated to the compost heap, but they are still going strong.
The Dahlias are slowing down, but still providing colour for house and garden. It feels as if I have spent all year trying to capture the dark subtle beauty of ‘Rip City’ – and failing – but it looks as if I’ll get few more goes before getting to grips with lifting and drying the tubers. Incidentally, this will be my first year doing this, so any tips welcome… Sand or compost? Shed or garage? How moist?
Having posted fairly recent pictures of fiery Autumn vine leaves and shimmering Miscanthus, not to mention Autumn drama at Westonbirt Arboretum, I found myself being more drawn to the old stalwarts. For some reason I really fell for this dying ‘Hillcrest Royal’ flower, which reminded me of a Teddy Bear, of all things. And the new flower emerging, despite its bright colour, seemed vaguely sinister. I must have been in a strange mood…
The Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’ has just started flowering. I actually prefer the young purple foliage, and rather regret that by this time of year it has dull green leaves, but that seems a little churlish, as it does add a welcome haze of white at the back of the borders.
Finally, I feel I have to acknowledge the presence of Fuchsias in the garden. I’m not really a fan, but my Father-in-law is, and as part of learning to garden with others, I have added a couple he is fond of. The one above, though, will always have a place in whatever garden I happen to have. Failing that, it will live in a pot. I don’t know what its called, but it is a cutting from a cutting from the Fuchsia my Nan grew in her front garden. I loved my Nan, and loved this Fuchsia as a child, so it gets space because of what it reminds me of rather than for what it is.
I think I need to become a little more selective about what goes in these GBBD posts, but thank you for sticking with me if you have got this far! Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens (Thank you Carol!). Check out her blog for links to other GBBD posts from around the world.
STOP PRESS! When scrabbling around on the patio (don’t ask…) I found a plant label for the mystery Dahlia! I can’t quite read my writing (!), but it appears to be something like ‘Durnham Royal’ – ‘Durham Royal’? Something to go on, anyway…