I would prefer to have called my vase ‘Summer Breeze’ like Cathy’s at Wordsandherbs. Unfortunately, it has been blowing a hoolie this week and this vase looks very autumnal. I am sure we will have plenty of summer to come once Bertha has finished with us . I hope so anyway.
I have used the lovely orange hips of Rosa glauca. I think I like this rose at this time of the year better than in early summer. It has pretty single pink flowers but I think the hips look great with the glaucous blue leaves. The berries are from my black elderflower: Sambucus nigra. The leaves lose much of their blackness in late summer but I love the pink flowers in early summer and then the berries. The yellow flowers are from the bronze fennel: Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’.
After all I have said about not liking Daylilies I have to admit that I have a great pool of this orange one under some trees which lights up the area. I didn’t plant them but I am glad they are there . The name is: Hemerocallis fulva ‘Flore pleno.
If you grow seeds of crocosmias you get some interesting offspring if you have several varieties in the garden. This is a Crocosmia ‘Emily Mckenzie’ seedling which has almost finished flowering but the orange flowers have crimson markings at the centre which reflect the markings on the Hemerocallis.
The big red and white dahlia is one of the children I grew from a lovely dark red ‘Bishop of Llandaff.’ Some of his offspring were a beautiful dark red, but this one is a bit strange, I don’t know what the other parent was, I haven’t any white ones in the garden. I really don’t know what the Bish has been up to; he should be ashamed of himself.
The pale peach Hollyhock is not really a hollyhock at all, it is my very special xAlcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’. I will tell you all about it another day. Right now I have to go out with my saw. Bertha has blown my favourite apple tree over. It is at a very strange angle and blocking the path.
Thank you to Cathy at ramblinginthegarden for hosting this fun meme.