Six on Saturday | Mid August Edition

I was looking back in my garden note-book to see what was flowering this time last year to compare with this month. The garden seems a little less colourful as several plants have finished flowering early and I lost quite a few in spring from the snowfalls (including a couple of Osteospermum, two Chocolate Cosmos, several Fuchsias, lavender and an Arctotis).

Anyway, here are six plants currently flowering in my garden. Some old, some new!

  1. Persicaria officinalis ‘Darjeeling red’ though it looks quite pink to me, I think the red refers to the stems. This is a new plant and in the ‘bee and butterfly bed’ and I am hoping it will spread nicely over the edge.
  2. Another new one specially purchased for this new bed is Lobelia ‘Hadspen Purple’. I had intended to pick up a Penstemon, but somehow this ended up in my basket. I love the really rich purple velvety flowers and fortunately so do the bees.
  3. Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) also known as ‘Raspberries and Cream’ displays ‘frothy’ clusters of tiny, pink flowers on top of long, reddish stems from July to September. Butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral like it as do lots of other insects. It is a wild flower and likes to be near water.
  4. Another wild flower also growing in the same area as the one above is Water Mint. It grows in several places in this garden, but I like the flowers it produces at this time of year – so do the butterflies (possibly the Meadow Brown in this case). It has hairy, oval, toothed leaves that appear in whorls around the reddish stems and produces dense clusters of lilac-pink flowers at the ends of its stems between July and October. Its leaves can be used in the same way as other mints, flavouring cooking and drinks.
  5. The third plant that is in the same part of the garden as those above is the very pretty Japanese Anemone. Which makes me think that there must have been a pond here at some stage. So many of these plants love to be beside water.
  6. And finally, a thug. Jasmine officinale ‘Clotted Cream’ which has been planted alongside the fence at the side of my conservatory. Unfortunately it grows like crazy and although I cut it right down last year it soon spurted into life again. I tried to keep tying in the stems as they grew, but it became impossible. As the flowers are at the end of these whips I have not cut it back, but will do so next month. The perfume is subtle and in the evening very nice, but the foliage far outweighs the flowers. I wonder if it needs some kind of pergola structure so that the stems can grow above, rather than hanging down. I have to do something about it because it is driving me mad! Any advice is very welcome.

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  1. Sue says:

    Plenty of pink for Becky in Septmber, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ha! Yes indeed. I have to wonder about all this pink as it is not my colour of choice.

      1. Sue says:

        Nor mine!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Have you seen the car I posted for you yet?

        2. Sue says:

          No….I must be sleepwalking When did you post it?

        3. Heyjude says:

          Last night on Travel Words. Seems to be causing a lot of excitement 😁

        4. Sue says:

          Oh, I must go looking

    2. restlessjo says:

      You pinched my reply, Mrs. Judd 🙂 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        Teehee – the race goes to the swift, Mrs Bradley!

  2. beetleypete says:

    They all look lovely to me, (and colourful) Jude. The Lobelia is especially attractive.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      That Lobelia is majestic. Such a rich colour.

  3. Lovely collection of pinks for this time of year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Strange how I have so many pinks in my garden as I am not a ‘pink’ person.

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Another lovely group of flowers, Jude. The lobelia is quite different from the lobelia I’m used to which isn’t nearly as upright. I do like that Hemp Agrimony, and ‘frothy’ is the perfect description.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The Hemp Agrimony can also be used as a dye when it has turned to seed. I find it to be quite an untidy plant though.

  5. Ali says:

    That Lobelia is stunning! You still have a lovely selection, beautifully photographed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Carefully selected Ali. it feels like we have moved into autumn already.

  6. Jim Stephens says:

    As I recall, the flowers of the Persicaria go darker as they age, so you get a mix of pink and red. Pink is far from being a single colour and some shades I like much more than others.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very true Jim. In any case it goes well with the purples.

  7. A lovely six, some of my favourites. The lobelia is a beauty, just lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. I am glad I mistook it for the Penstemon I was really intending to buy!

  8. Paddy says:

    That’s a neat idea to have a bee & butterfly bed – I just call mine the “flowery bit”, but is yours living up to its name and attracting the right things to the plants?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well it is a new bed (there will be a post about it during the week) so not much flowering there at the moment, but bees have been seen. Butterflies less so.

  9. restlessjo says:

    I don’t much like Penstemon, Jude, so I’m happy with your lobelia. Is it quite a tall variety? They had them at Yorkshire Lavender and I was very admiring. For what it’s worth, Mick thinks you may have pruned your jasmine at the wrong time but I assured him you would have done it late September/October, after flowering. And yes, preferably grown on a frame. 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Jo, I didn’t just prune the jasmine, I cut the damn thing right down to the ground! But it started to produce shoots again last summer. Until May time it was quite nicely growing up the fence and trellis, but then WHAM! The flowers all seem to be at the end of the shoots, but if I had cut it earlier would this have created more flowers, or less? I’d dig it out, but the roots are too deep and difficult for me to get to 😦

      1. restlessjo says:

        The expert is reading Google for a clue 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Good luck with that! 😀

        2. restlessjo says:

          I’ll let you know the verdict sometime in the next 7 years. 🙂 🙂

      2. restlessjo says:

        He says it’s your own fault- you should only prune in thirds 😦 😦 Never ask an ‘expert’!

        1. Heyjude says:

          So what does the ‘expert’ suggest now? Cut all back to the fence and then take one out of three stems? But won’t the ones I leave just get even bigger next year? I am confused…

        2. restlessjo says:

          No. Wait till it finishes flowering then cut it back to a ‘manageable’ shape. Next year cut it back by a third (of the whole- not individual stems). We had a similar problem with a clematis montana. The garden doctor is sorry 😦

        3. Heyjude says:

          He doesn’t fancy a holiday in Cornwall does he?

  10. Su Leslie says:

    I’m still open-mouthed at “garden note-book’, Jude. I am beginning to understand why your gardening knowledge is so impressive (and these shots are pretty damn lovely too).

    1. Heyjude says:

      Only reason for the notebook is that I had no idea what was planted in this garden when I moved in so I recorded everything that appeared for the first year!

      1. Su Leslie says:

        I think it’s a brilliant idea. 😀

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