Strange things are happening in my garden this Autumn, and I know I am not alone in this. The long mild spell has meant that things are flowering for longer, or re-blooming, that in most years would be just a memory by now. It is tempting to use close-ups to present an exagerated version of this. I could show you the Rudbekia ‘Rustic Dwarf Mix’ flowering happily alongside the Achillea ‘Cassis’…
…ask you to admire my lovely water lily…
But that would be to give a rather distorted view. Yes, my rosemary is trying to flower again, and the rose is still covered in buds, which sit side by side with the hips from earlier blooms. Seen from above, though, you can tell that it is very definitely Autumn.
Lots of russets, browns, yellows from grass heads and perennials. They make for a rich combination of colour and texture that is very much of this season, despite the occasional foxglove flower and the fact that there is rather more green to be seen than normal.
The complex pattern formed by the almost serrated leaves of the magnolia, just beginning to turn, and set off by the deep red of the Vitis vinifera purpurea vine, is normal for this time of year, although perhaps the magnolia leaves would be more definitely yellow by now.
The Mahonia x. media ‘Charity’ has been flowering well, and should carry on for another month or so.
The other stalwart of the autumn garden, the fatsia, is flowering prolifically, and I love the contrasting textures of white balls, which go from spiky to almost fluffy, against the large glossy leaves.
A single echinacea flower, lovely though it is, does not have much impact when you stand back, where as the seedheads of its predecessors make a great architectural feature.
But Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is all about celebrating the flowers. Add in that Donna’s Word for Wednesday for tomorrow is actually two words, Texture and Pattern, and since texture is one of my obsessions when it comes to the garden, and I decided to combine the two and celebrate the texture as well as the colour of the little jewels, before the frosts finally arrive and kill off the dahlias. If you hover your mouse over an image you will see the name of the plant, thanks to the “alt” attribute in html which VP recently posted about which is so useful whether you are using a screen reader or not.
Thank you to Carol@May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD again, if you pop over to her site you will be able to see what is blooming in gardens around the world, anomalous or not! And do pop over to Donna’s blog and be inspired by all the posts on Texture and Pattern.