Well it might be the end of summer, but at least we are going out in a blaze of glory. The best weather in weeks! Sadly Cornwall has the highest rate of coronavirus infections in the country (from practically zero at the end of May), though saying that the figures are somewhat skewed as they are based on the normal population of the county and not the larger influx of visitors. Until those visitors go home though I am keeping well away from the hotspots (i.e. beach and towns). I am happy enough to spend a few hours in my own garden as there is plenty to do – yanking out bindweed accounts for much of it – dead-heading, cutting back overgrown perennials, pruning the trees. I still can’t do anything too strenuous which is annoying as the weather has been perfect for doing a bit of digging and this Bee & Butterfly bed (below) definitely needs some attention!
(1) Hylotelephium telephium ‘Xenox Yellow’ is a new plant this year from Sarah Raven. Sedums are fabulous for this time of year, flowering into the autumn months and bee magnets. An unusual colour form with peach-apricot flowers offset by dark plum foliage, this sedum is low-growing. I fancied this one with its different colour and it does look rather good next to a Carex of similar shades.
(2) Sisyrinchium ‘E.K. Balls’ is a sweet little alpine plant with straight thin leaves with purple flowers. I have this growing in my Belfast (Butler?) sink, but I am going to remove it and put it in the new gravelled area. I want to make the sink into a water feature next spring. Hopefully it will do OK in the ground as long as I plant it with lots of grit.
(3) Penstemon. No name as this came from a cutting off a neighbour back in 2015. It’s not a colour I would choose now, being a sort of coral pink, but it is the best flowering of all my penstemons and the bees love to crawl inside those tubular bells. Now almost at the end of its flowering after weeks of providing colour and nectar.
(4) Crinodendron hookerianum tree – this has been featured in spring when the tree drips with interesting bell-shaped pendant flowers like little red lanterns, but this is the first time I have seen so many seed heads on it. I like this photo – they look like a pair of pearl earrings!
(5) White Agapanthus. Yay! Last year a couple of the blue ones flowered and this year I have two white ones, one with slightly larger flowers than the other. Only one spike on each plant, but I am more than happy to see them.
(6) Another sign that autumn is coming is this photo of clematis seed heads – these from Nelly Moser (who incidentally has produced a couple more flowers at the same time).
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Your bee and butterfly bed is wonderful! Well done.
Thank you. More bees than butterflies I’m afraid.
Good plan to avoid the crowds Jude but glad to hear the weather is cooperating with summer’s end. Loved the “pearl earrings”!!!
Thanks Tina. I am looking forward to getting out a bit more soon.
The Crinodendron photo is stunning. It’s not a tree often seen around here – the wrong soil. Why is it that the flowers that we’re not so keen on are the ones that do the best.
I’ve just ordered some blue penstemon. I hope they do as well as these coral pink ones.
Love your garden images, Jude. The Purple EK Balls, the fascinating “pearl earrings” and the white agapanthus – I rarely see white. A lovely gallery and I envy your identification skills. 🙂🌺
Ah, thanks Jane. As for ID – I keep a record of everything I buy!
Crinodendron hookerianum’s fruit and seeds are quite fascinating.
What an interesting six you have shared – I could put up with a coral penstemon too if it flowered all summer! I have no idea why mine are so reluctant to flower. Hadn’t heard about Cornwall being the current Covid hotspot – no wonder you are reluctant to go out 😔
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