Two storms and a lot of rain have taken their toll on the garden over the last couple of weeks and there’s a lot of sorting out to do this weekend. Every time I went out to take some pictures yesterday it seemed to pour with rain so this mornings pictures show a lovely sunny garden.
- It seems sad in a way but summer has definitely ended in the garden but the richer colours of autumn are slowly taking over.’Emily Mackenzie’ is a later flowering Crocosmia, isn’t too rampant , isn’t too tall so doesn’t flop over and is one of my favourites. I love the dark markings inside the flower. With lots of time at home at the start of the herbaceous growing season I was able to put lots of stakes in the border and the plants have, on the whole, stood up to the recent weather well
- Several of the Michaelmas Daisies are showing their colours now. ‘King George has been building for a couple of weeks. I don’t usually have to stake this lower growing variety and the weather has split the centre, sadly.
- The Japanese Anemones seemed to start flowering earlier than ever this year. Has anyone else found that a lot of herbaceous plants are a lot taller than usual? I grow this one to cover the stems of Clematis ‘Alionushka’ but it is taller than the five foot fence panel behind.
- The patio area was particularly hit by the very high winds earlier this week. Although I took the large basket of Begonias down the plants were destroyed so I’ve cut them down low and put the basket in a corner to die back. Then I’ll overwinter the corms again. Other Begonias in the mixed pots were also badly damaged, as were some Dahlias. I think the later have time to recover, thankfully. Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ hasn’t been affected too badly though.
- I’ve had this grass for quite a long time now but it has never done very well. Last year I moved it to the front of the long border and it’s now very happy. The picture doesn’t do it justice – I find it hard to photograph grasses.
- A casualty of the wind, this now prostrate Achillea looks quite good with the Geranium.
The weather looks a lot calmer for the Bank Holiday weekend and I intend to spend as much of it as I can in the garden, making up for time lost to the weather. I’ve some ferns to pot on for my new fern wall and I’m hoping that the Non-Gardener might build the next set of shelves to put them on soon! I hope that the weather is kind to you and your garden, it’s still the safest place to be. Thanks to our host for enabling us to peek into each others gardens. Check in at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/