I am running the risk of sounding like a broken record by saying how great our weather has been but there you have it, I've said it again! I does seem wrong somehow to be expressing how pleased I am with it following recent events in a country that is so dear to my heart.
Come October/November time we have usually had our first flurries of snow and more than our fair share of frosts but not this year. There has been no snow and only a couple of mornings that temperatures have dropped. Up until Saturday, last, a minor frost was all we had experience. The frost on Saturday however lasted the whole day and brought many things to their knees. Sunday was spent clearing heaps of mush - it was garden bin day yesterday so I wanted to clear out as much as I could. Very few deciduous shrubs have dropped their leaves yet, I hope they hang around a little longer - it would be nice if they could join in Foliage Follow Up.
For the first time in my garden I have Mahonia flowers - planted in the Autumn of 2011, it's taken a while but finally got there. The promised scent????? I can't smell a thing!
|Mahonia x media Charity|
|Astrantia Snow Star|
I bought a tray of plug Chrysanthemum late summer 2012 - I know not what possessed me to buy them in this colour! I must of had a plan but it was so long ago I can't remember what my intentions were. They add a bit of cheer so for now they have a reprieve.
|A single plug|
The Wedgewood Rose - I'm sure the frost will have done for those buds! This rose has featured in every bloom day post since June.
A lingering flower remains on Astilbe Red Sentinel
There are of course some plants that just don't read the gardening books and irrespective of the time of year will want to throw up an odd flower or two.
Cirsium rivulare - 3rd time flowering this year. This year I've learned a lot about the way some of my perennials grow and flower. It just goes to show if you can live with the scruffy look or a gap in the border for a week or two then it's worthwhile chopping them back so the garden benefits from a second flush of flowers. I doubt these flowers will ever open but they look equally nice in bud.
A drop in temperatures and a bit more moisture in the air revived Primula Francisca.
I couldn't resist this cheeky little shot - had it not been for the wind the other night, there would have been Gladioli in bloom for this November post. Sadly that was not to be!
Now Pansies are usually not my thing - I was out shopping for a specific sized container in which to grow some species Narcissus - I was gifted a rather nice pot but as it has no drainage holes I needed on that would slot in. The only suitable one I could find was sold complete with Pansies already in flower. Rather than dispose of them I've decided to give them a go in the front garden.
I've also found a little self seeded one growing up through the Cotoneaster. The flowers really are tiny, the Cotoneaster berries are bigger! I haven't the heart to pull it out. Some slug will be grateful for the feed!
Lastly for this bloom day is a pretty little Saxifraga I bought last week. I say with all good intentions that last weekend's trip to the GC will likely be the last of the year but please don't quote me.
|Saxifraga Blackberry Apple Pie|
It's a dark miserable day here in Edinburgh - I hope the weather is a bit better where you are. The fire is on and I'm off now to read what others have posted on this Bloom Day. You can join me over at May Dream Gardens if you like. Have a nice weekend everyone.