Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – September 2012
I swear, I went away to Wales for a few days and came back to a completely different garden! In those few days Autumn has crept in… Perhaps I was kidding myself before and turning a blind eye to the subtle changes? I haven’t been doing a great deal in the garden over the past few weeks thanks to still having a nasty cough from the cold. I managed to weed a border of Couch grass and now have space for some of the many, many bulbs I have – 630 to be precise. Some will go to my parents, and the others will quickly go, especially as I often plant the smaller bulbs such as Crocus in groups of 10; it’s the Narcissi, Tulips and Camassia that will take more time to plant.
Surprisingly, the ground was actually quite dry?! In some places I struggled to get the fork/hand trowel in to dig it up!
At the moment we have three main bloomers: Sedum, Rudbeckia and Aster. There are some other hanger-oners such as Persicaria, Verbena, Gaura, Roses and Scabious but they are not at their best now like the former three species.
Well, I might as well get this photo party started!
I’m really pleased with the Rudbeckia this year, and actually, the Coneflower has done well. I’ve had this plant for a few years now and only just planted it; I’ve always had poor luck with coneflowers as they never come back so I’m hoping this survives because I do love its long, thin petals.
Over autumn I really need to get to work moving various plants and giving them the chance to get some roots down before winter arrives. So far I’ve held off moving the Astilbes into the front until I plant the Skimmia bush. This will hopefully open things up for the small shrub Rowan to flourish as it’s being drowned a little. Then, I want to move some of the Thistles but may have to wait until early next year as they’re still blooming and get rid of a couple of the Shasta Daisies (they’re too leggy and I don’t need so many!)
The Persicara has been a real stalwart this year, blooming for what feels like ages! Shame it’s getting a little too large for its space though… but I’m not sure there’s anywhere else it could go.
So far there are no signs of blooms on this grass either; last year it had very pretty blooms/seeds, I wonder if the rain has affected this and the Miscanthus. However, its splashes of red are very pretty and I think it too would be better suited to a more prominent position than it currently has.
The upper tier is in a ‘white phase’ at the moment, now the Veronicastrum and Aconitum have finished blooming and before another flush from Gertrude Jekyll and a purple Aster starts blooming… I hadn’t planned this if I’m honest, but actually having a muted palette is probably for the best!
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