|Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent|
Sedums around the garden are only just coming into bloom. Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent is also blooming again, as is a scrambling blue hardy geranium. The white Stachys has been in bloom for months now. I want to divide this single specimen in spring and replace the rather disappointing white flowering Nepeta. I find it odd that both the blue and pink flowered varieties do well yet the white one has not done nearly as well.
|Sedums: spectabile, Purple Emperor, Coca Cola, Autumn Charm|
Chocolate, Red Globe and Gooseberry Fool
My pots of Agapanthus are still going strong. They have truly excelled themselves in spite of the rotten summer. The white flowering variety is almost as tall as I am at 5ft. I am having trouble showing them off at their best because they are not completely erect and their spread is well in excess of 6ft. We are struggling past them on the back step! In the middle my rescue pot has well in excess of 30 blooms and A. africanus has thrown up some more stems. All good in the Agapanthus department this year. They'll soon be tucked away for winter.
|A variety of Agapanthus growing in pots|
The Japanese anemones are just getting into gear. Many buds on most with only the first bloom to open on each plant. Except A. Ruffled Swan, which has been blooming for a few weeks now. I had my doubts as to it's identity since the first few blooms were singles but now are semi-double as I expect them to be. Nepeta grandiflora Dusk to Dawn with the ever sprawling Potentilla nepalensis Miss Willmott are still blooming this September. I never did get round to cutting back the Sanguisorba foliage - a shame because it really spoils this wee corner.
|Anemone x hybrida: Ruffled Swan, Andrea Atkinson, September Charm and Pamina|
|Fuchsia magellanica Alba, Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky and Choisya ternata White Dazzler|
|Cotinus coggygria Dusky Maiden|
|Left to Right:|
Crocosmia Lucifer, Geum totally Tangerine, Ligulara Desdemona, Persicaria JS Caliente, Helianthus Lemon Queen
Cynara cardunculus and Helenium Moerheim Beauty
As autumn approaches, evidence of this is all around the garden now, the Asters are still tight in bud. I note that the powdery mildew is yet to become an issue this year. Meanwhile, at the top end of the shady bed, flowering for the first time this small clump of Aconitum I planted back in March. It's been a long wait to enjoy these blooms. The early flowering varieties are long gone and am pleased to have introduced these into the garden. Aconitums are one of my favourites despite their notoriety.
The Heptacodium miconioides is another that is full of unopened flower buds. It will be a race against time as to whether or not those buds open before the first frost, it usually is and can be a hit or a miss as to whether it will bloom or not. I was quite surprised to see the first bloom of the witch hazel out this September. It does leave me scratching my head though - those ribbons should be more orange than they are yellow. My garden really is at sixes and sevens. I have a Hellebore, a Pulsatilla, an spring flowering Clematis and the Pyracantha all deciding to bloom right now.