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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