A little late for the very middle of September, but still within the spirit of mid- month, here is a glimpse of the flower garden here this month.
The floweriest borders are the areas we established or revived this Spring, and here the predominant colour garden is purple, in all shades from pale blue through to darkest midnight, from the verbenas, sage, lavender and first flowering asters.
Elsewhere, as I realised as I was photographing for this post, there is plenty of pink, yellow, red and orange too.
The glorious autumn sunshine has really helped the dahlias and they fill the garden with their warmth. All worries about slugs are over and at this point in the growing season it is easy to think of them as easy care perennials, although I am already trying to decide whether to lift them or leave them and heavily mulch. It was such a mild winter last year I got away with leaving them in, but surely this winter will be different.
Much tougher customers are the Japanese anemones-the gallery picture is Konigen Charlotte. They performed well last year too, but the flower size is quite small and I think they are ready to be divided and fed. The same is probably true of the sedums although they are such tough plants they seem to be doing well in spite of being neglected. Both are growing in dry shade under the trees in the south border, one of the hungriest spots in the garden and do far, least renewed.
Back in the summer I bought a little plant of Francoa sonchifolia, the Wedding Flower or Bridal wreath and a new plant to me. The seller told me to treat it like a geum and having done so, it seems to be thriving, carrying a lovely new spike of pink striped flowers. This one is the variety “Pink Giant”. It can be propagated from seed, so hopefully there will be more of these pretty members of the Saxifrage family in due course. It’s shown in the middle of the bottom row of the gallery, a neat little clump of leaves and a graceful spike of flowers.
The roses are enjoying a generous second flush, and the two I planted late, Teasing Georgia and Claire Austin are both thriving despite the long, dry spell we have had.
As good as it is to see the summer perennials still putting on a show, there is no doubt the season is turning. Autumn colours are developing in the leaves and there are plenty of seed pods . This morning I watched a blue tit pecking into the ripe seed heads of the opium poppies. And sadly, the swallows and martins have all gone. The next few weeks bring the golden glory of the leaves and the promise of many hours of garden pleasure as we start on maintenance, and more excitingly, the development of a new area of the garden.