I have had a look around the garden to see what is still in flower, though probably won’t be for much longer as it has been colder this week including a frost on Wednesday morning. As you can see from the header my ‘Tresco Purple’ Osteospermum and the Erigeron karvinskianus are still flowering away in the sunny wall, but let’s have a look at another six in the garden.
- Camellia. Unknown name, but a pretty double white flower in February usually. Now full of buds. Last year I brought into the conservatory in February because of the snow, where it flowered for ages and didn’t suffer from the wet which turns the flowers a horrid brown. I might do the same this winter too as it is still in a container.
- Gaura / Lindheimer’s beeblossom (G. lindheimeri ) is still flowering away. I know I should cut it back after flowering and I know it doesn’t like to be wet, so I am hoping that by being in a raised bed and having some mulch around its roots will get it through the winter. Mine is a pretty pink one.
- Another flower still blooming is the Calendula / Marigold. Self-seeded and totally the wrong colour for my Bee and Butterfly bed, this was badly damaged in the recent gales, but the stems that survived are still going strong.
- Not in flower, but I couldn’t help noticing how pretty the marbled leaves of this Cyclamen is. Planted under the Kilmarnock Willow which is still hanging on to a few leaves, I hope that this plant will spread.
- I bought this ‘Cornish Pixie’ a Fuchsia microphylla from the Eden Project in the spring. It is supposed to grow to only 20 cm so I planted it into my Belfast sink. It might be moved if it survives the winter. It has been flowering happily ever since I bought it and still is.
- Finally the Penstemon again. After a disastrous start in the warm weather when the flowers lasted only a few days before dying, it has been in permanent flower. Some of the clumps have already finished and will need cutting back, but I shall wait until spring to do that as last year I lost a couple of well established clumps to the cold. These are not reliably hardy and also dislike wet soil so I am keeping my fingers crossed. Two new plants which I bought in late summer have already died down.
So that’s my six this week. Have a lovely week and if you fancy visiting a few more gardens then pop over to the Prop and you’ll find tons of links in the comments. I won’t be posting much on this blog for a few weeks, but you can see me on the Travel blog (people who know me know that I avoid this time of year as best as I can and resurface in January). I shall wish all you good people a lovely time doing whatever it is you do during this season and I will see you all next year.
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