As the days shorten, it’s now a race to get photos and enjoy the last of the good weather; temperatures are set to halve in the next few days and I’m guessing the plants will quickly begin to die soon after.
This weekend I picked up a new hanging basket and pot for the front door steps to see me through winter. I’m still itching to buy more bulbs, but I can’t. There’s no point. And I just hope I haven’t lost any/many over the last year.
We’ve had a new house alarm fitted as ours has been playing up – we thought it was fixed as no one had said anything to us for the past month. Then last weekend my neighbour mentioned to Pete that it still goes off every day. For the past month??!!!! And not a single person said anything??!!! Grrrr. So yes we bought a new one and have put it up today, most of the day was spent setting it up and of course meant my other plans were scrapped. It’s been a lovely day though, especially when in the sun.
The new pot has Cyclamen and viola, and should last months, my others with Salvia hot lips, bidens, Nicotiana, Coreopsis, Nemesia and Verbena are doing well, but I think will be gone by the end of the month.
The purple Aster are finally showing signs of opening… I hope they don’t mind the cool weather that’s coming. Chrysanthemum is also almost open, however my other plant in the back garden looks like it won’t be blooming yet again. Time to get rid me thinks. Also, it was a surprise to spot a Cinnabar caterpillar! I haven’t seen any in weeks, I hope it pupates soon.
Is it sad that Honesty is at its most beautiful in death? I’m not sure. I find the flowers quite insignificant when blooming and prefer the purple of sweet rocket instead.
Harlow Carr is blooming for me, yay! I’m disappointed with my others; Tess of the D’urbervilles for example would ordinarily have had a few flushes. Flat-topped Aster is now going to seed, it doesn’t hold onto his seed heads well so they will quickly be blown away.
Meanwhile Cosmos has come into its own with more blooms now than it’s managed all summer! A lovely, low-level splash of pink near the front of the border.
The old Petunia hanging basket has been taken down and replaced with a winter basket. I’ve left it hanging on the gate, where actually it looks rather lovely back-lit by the sun. Once the plants have totally died – they’re very straggly – I’m going to replace them with violas.
Finally, the white Asters in the front garden are flowering a little more profusely, and I love that the white Salvia, although quite late to start blooming is still going so late on. Even where there are no blooms, the plants are still a lovely shade of green and don’t seem to suffer from the same problems as the others i.e. being eaten by caterpillars.
Hopefully next week won’t be too hard on the garden… I can live in denial.