I am grateful for all the colour we see out of the sitting room window at the moment, because the weather is not exactly “sit outside in the garden in the evening”. The tapestry of colour includes some old favourites and new friends.
This little purple sedum is extremely well behaved, and has lovely dark purple stems and leaves too. When it is in full bloom it will be mobbed by insects.
The current favourites for the pollinators are the Echincacea and this, a scabious called ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’, which I had almost given up on it is so late flowering. I grew it from seed, and I must admit it is slightly more girly pink and frilly than I was anticipating, I thought the colour would be deeper, but it echoes the end-of-season fluffiness of the drumstick alliums rather nicely, and the insect life approves.
My other sedum is usually rather less well behaved, and I was sure I would pay for not getting round to “Chelsea chopping” it but this year it seems fine – probably the weather.
The Japanes anenome ‘robustissima’ is flowering prolifically, and looks wonderful next to the acer and the Eupatorium.
The miscanthus flowers are even more subtle, but add wonderful movement and texture to the border. I love them, and wish I had the skill to capture the beauty of the red-edged leaves.
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is doing really well this year, and the colour is picked up again at the front by a Dahlia growing in a pot, ‘Tangerine Dream’ – a new one to us, but lovely, the small tight globes make wonderful cut flowers.
Most of my dahlias are rather tardy this year, only just bursting in to bloom, but ‘Bishop of Auckland’ and ‘Rip City’ have been flowering away since mid July and are wonderful – though I always find the near-black of ‘Rip City’ very hard to do justice to with my camera.
If the dahlias in the border are playing hard to get, they are accompanied by flowers I never expected to see again.
I never quite got around to lifting the gladioli I planted last year, and given that most of them didn’t flower, and given how cold and wet the winter was, I never dreamt that they would survive. And yet here they are! Not in enough numbers to make it worth cutting them, in fact they look rather daft, growing in ones and twos around the leafy but non-flowering Dahlias, but I grudgingly have to admit that I rather love their outrageous flamboyance, not to mention their survival skills.
Asters are a new aquisition for me, I bought one each of A. frikartii ‘Monch’ and A. divaricatus, largely because of seeing them on so many blogs last year. Both are in pots to make it easy for us to take them with us, both are beautiful.
I intended to add in pictures of some of the plants flowering round the front of the house, which rarely get a look-in, but it is too windy to stand a chance. For more flowers from around the world check out Carol’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post. Happy GBBD!