It’s been a while since I was organised enough to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens. I really wanted to join in again this month because it is such a good way of keeping track of how much colour there is in the garden at different times of year. We’re really lucky, today is one of those perfect Autumn days, with warm sunshine and hardly a breath of wind. It was warm enough to eat a late breakfast outside after the adventure of taking the boat round to the harbour, where it will be safe from the winter storms. I think this will become one of the annual rituals marking the changing seasons.
I’ve been concentrating on developing the front garden this year, so no surprise that most of the colour is there, but there are some lovely things giving me little bursts of pleasure in the back garden too.
Flighty very kindly sent me a selection of his favourite marigold seeds, and the last of these is still brightening up the veg patch, as is one of the many self-seeded pansies.
The Persicaria amplexicaulis may be rather awkwardly named, but the flower spires have been brightening up the corner of the back garden under the purple beach tree for months now, and I love it.
Hardest to capture adequately on camera, but giving the most joy, currently, is the Scorpion Vetch (much easier to say than Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’). It flowers from February to April, and is described as “often baring a second flush of flowers in late summer”. Well, mine is absolutely smothered in beautiful pale lemon flowers. It is only frost-hardy, so I really hope I have the hardiness of my garden correct and it survives the coming winter, because even when it isn’t flowering is has the most delightful grey-green evergreen foliage.
Round in the front garden I have mophead hydrangeas in various states of decay.
The Cosmos ‘Purity’, which has been so spectacular all year, is clinging on but the Verbena bonariensis is happily taking over, and entertaining the few brave butterflies still around.
I planted a tamarisk, Tamarix ‘Pink Cascade’, back in Spring, knowing I would love the feathery foliage and red stems but unsure how I would feel about the pale pink flowers. It is still very small, but the few flowers it does have this year are reassuringly stylish, or perhaps I have sunk into the Land of Pink too deeply to realize…
Feel free to skip the rest, but for completeness, here are the other plants currently blooming in my front garden – albeit, in some cases, with a single flower! Click an image for a larger view.