Torrential rain, thunder and lightning and gales kept me out of the garden at the beginning of the week, but on Thursday the sun shone again and the sky was blue though the temperature had dropped 6 degrees from a mild 17.5°C to a mere 11°C. Only one more week of BST to enjoy before the clocks go back and darkness descends at 5pm. Meanwhile the autumn colours deepen as shown on the Virginia Creeper on the front of the house. I really need to get someone in to clear the gutters and cut back the climbing hydrangea too.
(1) It’s a time of year when textures and patterns become more noticeable. First up is this Heuchera ‘Coralberry’ which also provides warm colour.
(2) Another beautifully patterned leaf is this hardy Cyclamen coum which resides under the Kilmarnock willow tree. The flowers have now disappeared, but the rounded heart-shaped leaves form a lovely carpet.
(3) Still adding colour to the beds is Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’, though this particular clump grows from the Cornish hedge in the ‘Wild’ part of the garden. As you can see there are lots of flower buds.
(4) More purple comes from several Verbena bonariensis plants that self-seeded around the gravel garden (and in pots), late to flower it is still looking good, swaying in the rather strong breeze. Last year Goldfinches descended on the large plant I had and devoured much of the seed so I was more than thrilled to see some seedlings appear in the summer.
(5) The only plant that really shows good autumn colour is the Bittersweet vine which turns from green to a lovely buttery yellow before the winds finish it off. Sadly mine is a male plant so does not produce those lovely berries I was hoping for.
(6) Finally, a view from the gravel garden towards the Zen patio. This photo was taken before the recent storm which has reduced the number of flowers on the Gaura. The ox-eye daisies are still going strong though.
Several of the tender plants such as pelargoniums, echeverias, aeoniums, agave and Crassula ovata (jade plant) have been brought indoors before the heavy rain. Pots of bulbs popped underneath tables and benches. If the weather remains dry over the weekend I have several jobs to complete – cutting down the jasmine and pulling out the sweetpeas and pruning back Nelly Moser clematis as she has gone a bit wild.
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