Storm Callum certainly made his presence known last weekend and definitely brought late summer to a close. The Amelanchier has lost all of it’s leaves, large leaved plants were shredded and, although I’ve done a lot of staking through the season, lots of propping up was needed. However, it’s been a calm week weather wise, although very foggy this morning, and the herbaceous plants have rallied well. Too much work this week (shouldn’t complain really) so no gardening time at all. Work today as well (so photos taken yesterday evening) but come tomorrow I shall be out there ALL day. Can’t wait! There’s a bit of a theme to start this weeks Six – late appearing flowers.
1. Having waited all summer for Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’ to flower I was finally able to feature it a couple of weeks ago. My plants now seem to be very confused as, despite the common name being Morning Glory, the flowers are now opening in the afternoon and flowering in to the evening. This photo was taken at about 6.15pm yesterday (Friday).
2. Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’ is a late flowering perennial and the first flowers appeared about ten days ago. It’s another name-changer and used to be Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’. Despite being in a sheltered part of the garden it was battered by Callum but has bounced back really well. It’s growing in a fairly shady and dry area and seems to be very happy. It’s supposed to like a moist spot but I haven’t told it this.
3. Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’ grew really well last year and I overwintered some cuttings. Although the new plants have grown well there weren’t many flowers in the summer as the dreaded Capsid Bug did a lot of damage. Flowers are finally appearing en masse and one plant has reached an incredible size and is going for border domination. It’s over five foot wide now. The rate of growth that some plants achieve in one season is amazing. The time of year affects the flower colour of Hotlips, apparently; red earlier in the season, red and white in July and August and pure white in the autumn. I seem to have all three at the moment.
4. There are several Heucheras in the garden and I bought this one a few weeks ago to add to the collection. It is a large leaved variety and I have the perfect spot for it – once I’ve moved the current occupant. It’s labelled as ‘Fire Alarm’ but that doesn’t seem to be correct. Pictures of Fire Alarm on line don’t seem to have the green margins. Can anyone identify it?
5. As mentioned in a previous Six a couple of Ricinus communis have reached great heights this year. This one is now well over seven foot tall and is flowering well but the leaves suffered last weekend. I don’t think that the seeds will have time to ripen, sadly. The flowers are under-stated and only last a day but the seed pods are great. I’ve managed to save seeds from another plant, the inner seedcase ‘explodes’ to release the seeds.
6. Like most grasses Miscanthus varieties are reliably dependable. This is ‘Silberfeder’ and it has grown slowly over the years and looks wonderful with the sun shining through it. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
That’s another week gone! I hope you have the time and the weather to get outdoors this weekend. Then check out the other Sixes this evening at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/