Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 2012
Pretty much more of the same for this month, except a few more Asters have come into bloom; the up-side has to be that I don’t think there’s anything that has stopped blooming.
OK, so the Cosmos are on their last leg which is odd because normally they bloom into November and even December. But we do still have other blooms such as Sedum, Rudbeckia, Erysimum and Persicaria.
The delicate purple bells of Campanula are a nice addition to the late garden.
A little more twee than I normally have, but with the poor summer I needed something to cheer up the door steps. The Petunias haven’t done well, but the Lobelia at least look nice still. And I bought a new Viola hanging basket ready to replace the basket I have.
Oh course, at this time of year the colour isn’t only coming from blooms. There’s plenty of colour also from the plants; but I won’t dwell on the foliage, as I need to save the photos for the foliage day next week!
Over the past week there’s been quite a dramatic change in the garden and autumn has definitely arrived chez Liz. There’s no denying any more that the garden is dying. Thankfully there are still some Asters to bloom, however I cannot see them easily after moving them last year!
All the colour seems to be in one area – the right border. With the Erysimum which never seems to stop blooming. At. All.
It is joined by Rudbeckia and Geum in the background. Meanwhile Asters bloom in various parts of the garden, and the Persicaria, another impressive bloomer is producing new blooms.
The first blooms from the Autumn Cherry. I hope it doesn’t forego blooming next spring like it did this year.
Nigella still hasn’t realised it’s Autumn, and I have a nice little patch of them blooming along the path as you come to the house. Also along the path are the Ammi and these unknown, chrysanthemum-looking blooms.
There are still a few jobs I need to go around the garden; mainly dressing the borders with a fine mulch or compost to protect the less hardy plants (I’ve an awful feeling we’re in for a bad winter to add to our shocking ‘summer’). I’m not one for protecting plants, but I don’t want to risk losing the Verbenas and various grasses that would normally survive, but cannot tolerate extremes. Plus, a nice layer of mulch looks much more attractive than bare soil.
Chrysanthemums still haven’t opened… I hope they bloom before they’re hit back too hard! I have bought and planted my Paperwhite Narcissi… Here’s hoping they bloom at Christmas this year and not in November. A white rose is blooming again; in fact I’m surprised my ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’ hasn’t bloomed for a few months now. I think I’ll keep this white rose on the front wall, and remove one of the weaker roses with poor repeat blooming and no scent. The colder weather makes the buds on the rose turn pink, but once it opens they will be white/cream.
Erysimum have begun to bloom again, and I do really like how they start a reddish orange and fade to purple. Plus, the golden leaves of my little Oak; which I suspect a Jay or Squirrel planted for me! They don’t grow very quickly, do they? I know they take a couple of hundred years to maturity, but c’mon this is 3 years old!
Just in the bottom right corner of the last shot you can see the Forget-me-nots already growing for next year. I have quite a few around, and will probably steal more off my parents in spring but I am glad I have some at least!
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