It’s an exciting time of the year. Spring bulbs are starting to arrive. On the list this year are new varieties of Muscari (Night Eyes and Mount Hood) some of which are destined for an urn at the bottom of the garden, Anemones (St Brigid and Hollandia), species tulips (Persian Pearl and Sylvestris which are going to be planted in the ground by the Zen Patio) and some Purple Lady tulips that will go into the zinc container. Oh and some irises (Eyecatcher and mixed Dutch irises). I shall have to get on with the planting before the end of the month, though the tulips can wait until October.
Meanwhile still hanging on in the garden:
(1) September is all about Japanese Anemones and Asters. My Asters have yet to flower, though they are in bud. My Japanese Anemone ‘Pamina’ is flowering profusely this year with very deep pink double flowers and gorgeous contrasting yellow stamens. From the odd tiny flowers at the beginning of the month it is now looking very good. Especially when seen next to Rosa Graham Thomas which is flowering again.
(2) The lovely Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’.
(3) Another look at my Zinnias. Several more in flower now and the bees love them. Unfortunately so does something else (slugs, snails, earwigs…) still it has been a joy to actually see them flower at all this year.
(4) In spring I planted three new clematis. ‘Night Veil’ flowered well in the summer months, but the other purple one ‘ASTRA NOVA’ failed to grow well and hasn’t produced a single flower. I hope it improves next year. But this Clematis tangutica ‘Lambton Park’ with its bright yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers which are followed by beautiful silky seed-heads has scrambled up the white rose on the fence. It is supposed to have a coconut perfume, but I can’t get close enough to determine whether it has or not. Another plant that is not easy to photograph.
I planted several new plants in the new gravel area of the garden including:
(5) One of the two new grasses that I bought in May this year from Beth Chatto nursery is Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (Feather reed-grass) which makes arching mounds of freshly striped green and white grassy leaves topped with feathery plumes in late summer.
(6) And growing next to the two grasses is Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ which is doing a grand job of floating around the feathery plumes. I once grew the pink version in my Bee & Buttefly bed, but it sprawled everywhere and when I cut it back, failed to grow again. I prefer this version, but it may be short-lived in my wet winter soil.
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I enjoyed your six, Jude. Pamina is such a striking colour, isn’t? As is the yelliw of Graham Thomas – my Poet’s Wife and The Pilgrim have been such wishy-washy yellow this year. I am expecting an email from Peter Nyssen any time now to say my bulb order is on its way!
Pamina is lovely, just a shame I planted it at the back of the garden. Still it encourages me to wander down there to check out what is going on. I seem to have placed an order with SR too – more tulips!
Is it one of the taller varieties? Tulips bulbs don’t seem so bad, as they can be left much later than all the others – oh, and mine almost exclusively go in pots, whichmakes planting of course very much easier!!
It’s a young plant (couple of years?) so I’m not sure about the eventual height. Not very tall at the moment, certainly a lot shorter than the pink one I have. Wild Swan is still very short. My tulips go in pots too! But I might need a couple of new ones.
I will certainly look into it. Isn’t Wild Swan meant to be a short variety? I have one of her near relations
Wild Swan is certainly much shorter and also it is still a small clump.
I’m really fond of zinnia but havent ever had much luck with them, I will definitely try again next year. All your new bulbs sound wonderful, it is such a great act of faith planting a bulb, something to look forward to after the dark season. Lovely photos. 🙂
I haven’t had much success with my summer bulbs, now wondering whether to leave them in the pots, or remove and replant in spring. Ixia, Sparaxis and Freesia. The freesias were the only ones to flower.
Wonderful colour still and lots to look forward to too
As always the most beautiful of blossoms coloring your world Jude. Do you have color all year round?
That is a lovely selection this week. The Anemone is such a vibrant colour.
Yes, that one is a beauty. And covered with honey bees which was nice to see.
The pictures are pleasant. It is an amazing post.
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