Normal August weather resumed this week – lovely Cornish rain! Though to be fair most of it fell in the early hours with the rest of the days being hung over with glowering clouds and muggy air. I’ve been doing a lot of cutting back/chopping down this week and it was hard work in the heat! Still loads to do, but time out to capture some of the late summer beauty in the garden.
First up is my Gladiolus murielae / Abyssinian gladiolus with its lovely sword-like leaves. Regular visitors may remember my long lament about these bulbs as they have been very reluctant to flower. Last year I removed the bulbs from their containers after the leaves died down and repotted them in fresh compost. I kept the same amount of bulbs in each pot (10) and left them outside all winter instead of bringing them into the conservatory. They were slightly sheltered under a bench. This year I placed them back on the patio in full sun and, well, just look…
In the background you will see the pink of the Japanese anemones. I have three varieties, but these are the common pink ones which I inherited. Despite digging out a lot last autumn there seems to be more than ever this year. Slightly shorter and some were slightly crisped a couple of weeks ago. ‘Pamina’ is the darker pink which is a double flower and lives in one of the raised beds. She’ll need a new home once I clear that bed.
Mixed results from my Fuchsias this year. I brought them into the garden from the shady courtyard as they weren’t doing very well there. I cut them all back hard early in the spring and continued to cut back each stem for a few months to try and make them bushier. This means they are late to flower. The largest one (which I think is a Fuchsia magellanica) is the only one planted into the ground and isn’t as floriferous as last year, but still full of buds, so hopefully more flowers to come in the autumn.
Talking of the courtyard, this summer’s bedding has been SunPatiens Compact Magenta and SunPatiens Compact White and two very similar trailing begonias – Begonia Rivulet White Ellegance and Begonia Truffle Cream.
Another stalwart of my garden is this salmon-pink Penstemon which usually flowers for months, but has been a bit reluctant this year. I have noticed before that it quickly goes to seed in hot dry weather. Time to take some more cuttings.
My final selection this week is one that almost every gardener will have for autumn colour – a sedum. Or should I say Hylotelephium. This one is ‘Xenox Yellow’ slightly more unusual than the pink ones. Because my soil is richer and heavier it grows taller and falls out from the centre. Still that doesn’t appear to bother the bees.
Hopefully the weather will be dry but less humid next week so I can have another bash at attacking that bamboo! Meanwhile I shall be enjoying a break over the Bank Holiday weekend visiting some of my children and grandchildren. It is so nice to have the car back!
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