Another week of wind and showers and intermittent sunshine. Temperatures dipping dramatically in the evening so the woodburner has come back into use. I try not to switch on the central heating until the last possible moment as we have oil here in the countryside not gas, and it can be expensive to run. Definitely autumnal now. The tops of the surrounding hills are brown as the bracken dies, but the rest of the countryside is still green.
So what, if anything, is still looking good in the garden.
(1) There are patches of colour around, but some you have to go looking for as in these Calendula officinalis, (the pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold or Scotch marigold) which are flowering happily in one of the raised beds. The herb bed actually, because calendula was historically used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Calendula oil is used in some beauty products and you can sprinkle the colourful petals into a salad. These were sown in June directly into the bed after I removed a dead Rosemary plant.
(2) Close to the herb bed I have several herb pots containing mint. This is Ginger Mint (Mentha arvensis) and I love the way this particular one flowers with little balls of blue at each of the leaf nodes.
(3) Another plant that can be considered a herb is St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). This one seems to pop up all over my garden, but is easy enough to remove from where it isn’t wanted. At this time of year the black and red berries are nice to see.
(4) A few of my Hebe (Shrubby Veronica) plants are having a second flush of flowers too. I need to cut them back a bit now by about a third, so I wish they would actually stop flowering! These shrubs from New Zealand love it here. They usually flower in the summer months. There are many different species and colours and I rather fancy one of the darker leaf varieties and I am considering some of the dwarf varieties for containers in the courtyard next year.
(5) This hardy Fuchsia is also having a second wind after I removed the sprawling Buddleia in the summer. I have no idea what type it is, but it is a large shrub so possibly a magellanica . Again once it stops flowering I will cut it back for the winter and then cut right back in spring to try and encourage a more bushy plant.
(6) And last, but not least, are a couple of pots of Violas which somehow jumped into my shopping trolley. I will plant them on top of the tulip pots once I brave the chill to get my bulbs planted. Late this year, but I haven’t bought many bulbs as I am experimenting with the ones I bought last year and left in their pots to see if they re-appear.
Life is full of uncertainties right now, but gardens still offer some respite from the bad news. I have lots to do still in clearing beds of decaying plants and cutting back the Jasmine, but the French Open (tennis) has had me glued to the TV this week so I am hoping there will be some clement weather during the week to come.
(The header photo to the left is a watercolour effect of the sunset last night)
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