Firstly, apologies to Carol over at May Dream Gardens for joining rather late this month. It's been a busy week at chez Angie!
Just coming into bloom for this month's bloom day post, is the Heptacodium miconioides. A scented late flowering shrub. Every year there is a race to see which comes first. The pretty white flowers or the first frost. It was a almost a photo finish this year. The first blooms opened fully the day before our first frost.
Witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena continues to open yet more flowers too. Little sign of autumn from the leaves though.
The hardy fuchsia, F. magellanica alba, still puts on a good display too.
The shady bed is a bit tired looking if you get up close and personal but from a distance it doesn't look too bad. The blackened Kirengeshoma in the centre of this bed showing obvious signs of the frost. Anemone Andrea Atkinson is still blooming though and the Mahonia at the back is just about to come into bloom. My first job when this border has died back, or more correctly, when I get in there with my secateurs, is to do something about that ugly old trellising on the fence.
Beneath the Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky, Anemone trullifolia has come into bloom again.
The pot of Agapanthus africanus Blue draws the eyes from the large gap left when I cut down the Helenium in the top border. Perennial sunflowers, Persicaria and Geum are still working hard to provide sustenance for the pollinators.
The view from below is equally floriferous! These plants are teaming with pollinators.
If you can excuse baby Olli's laundry hanging on the line - this is the view looking to the top of the garden through the arch.
This late flowering Monkshood is another still going strong this month. The stems from Persicaria Red Dragon mingles up through these plants.
|Aconitum carmichaelii wilsonii Spatlese|
Making my way down to the side garden, most of the Colchicums have succumb to last week's rain but this small clump of C. agrippinum is still upright. I enjoyed a solitary bloom last year, this year there are three. Last year's bedding Primula will flower again this year. They've obviously enjoyed the cooler summer.
Cyclamen around the garden are at various stages, this small clump of white flowering C. hederifolium is happy beneath the purple leafed maple. I like the contrast between the purple leaf of the maple and the silver and white of the Cyclamen.
|silver leafed Cyclamen hederifolium|
I don't grow many Asters - they suffer dreadfully from powdery mildew here and I've gradually removed most of them from the garden. However, the few I have left have done well this year. The extremely slow growing Acer shirasawanum well into autumnal mode now.
Out to the front garden, there are still many blooms. In the far corner, the Rudbeckia, Alstromeria and Rosa Graham Thomas bloom. Ignore the variegated Sedum, it needs removing. Cotinus Grace, another shrub that is now showing signs of autumn.
Other roses blooming right now in the front garden: R. The Lark Ascending, Teasing Georgia, Port Sunlight, The Lady of Shallot and Fighting Temeraire.
And as you can see, the roses are not the only plants still looking good in the front garden this October. I really am pleased with just how many plants are still going strong.
I hope you are enjoying your October blooms as much as I am enjoying mine. Thanks for reading and have a good week!