I almost forgot. This is the time of the month when garden bloggers prowl around their gardens and find what they have in bloom.
We will start with something a little unusual.
This is Colquhounia coccinea var. vestita. It needs a really warm, sunny spot. It comes from grasslands in the Himalayas. I don’t know how hardy it is because last year we had a really mild winter. It did get cut back to the ground but it grew back again. It probably won’t cope with a really hard winter. It has soft, silvery leaves and very eye-catching orange flowers.
We still have an abundance of daisies but I am not going to show you yet more rudbeckias and Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ although they are still going strong. But I love Michaelmas daisies and here are a few more which are out now. I love this Aster nova- angliae– ‘Purple Dome’. I have just learnt from Jason at gardenininthecity blog that we have to call them Symphyotrichum now. Oh dear.
‘Purple Dome’ is a good name for it because it does make a nice neat dome.
I love the small flowered Asters and ‘Le Vasterival’ is just coming out now. I love it.
This lovely hybrid is named after the beautiful garden of the late Princess Sturdza near Dieppe in France. It is one of my favourites.
I have a pink Aster which has been flowering for some time now. It is Aster novae-angliae ‘Harrington’s Pink’. Sorry I can’t get my head round the new name yet. I just remember that it is something ‘trichum’. It has certainly tricked me.
You can just see the Aster behind the orange leaves of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise.’ I was a bit anxious about this plant getting its autumn colour so early but Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden assures me that hers has too.
This is another daisy with dusky pink flowers, it is Aster amellus ‘ Brilliant’.
And one more daisy flower . I love this red Coreopsis.’Red Shift’. It is well named because the colour does change as the season goes on and it changes from yellow to red.
The backs of the flowers are a golden yellow.
Whilst we are looking at red flowers my dark red Dahlias are continuing to delight me. Next year I must try growing some different ones, but I have been trying to get dahlias as near to black as possible.
The blues of September come in some glorious shades. Everybody finds true blue irresistible.
Salvia patens is a gorgeous colour. It is not supposed to be reliably hardy but I have had mine for years.
I have a nice clump of Salvia uliginosa which gets bigger every year. I always think of it as the ‘Ugly Nose’ Salvia. It has blue flowers which bloom for ages. Soon the yellow flowered Clematis tangutica will be setting it off nicely.
The first gentians are coming out. This is a nameless one which I bought at the farm shop for £2.99 the other day. Obviously I had to have it.
Penstemons are still going strong but my favourite pink flower at the moment is the late flowering Dianthus rupicola. It ia a large, tall growing pink which comes from Sicily.
Whilst this Dianthus flowers late in the season, Hesperantha coccinea ‘Pink Princess’ flowers very early, long before any of the others appear.
it is the most delicate, palest pink. I think it is sometimes called ‘Wilfred H. Bryant’. Hesperantha is of course, what we have to call Schizostylis now, which is annoying if you have only just learnt how to spell it.
Who can resist lovely colchicums? They don’t last long, some of them are already over. They are a nuisance in the Spring with their out-sized leaves, but you forgive them when they pop up now in ever bigger clumps.
I love the white flowers of Colchicum autumnale ‘Album’. It is not as pure white as Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’, but it is easier to find.Whilst we are talking about pure, white flowers, take a look at this prickly poppy: Argemone grandiflora. I love it.
We all have lots of pink Cyclamen hederifolium in bloom now. The white one is so lovely too.
Like everyone else I grow lots of Sedums because they are so useful at this time of the year and attract butterflies. My favourite, which you don’t see very often, is the bright coloured’ Red cauli’.
And now I am going to finish with my favourite plant in bloom at the moment. It really needs a post all to itself. It is so beautiful that I can’t stop staring at it. I expect I will be showing it again because it is so gorgeous. But here is a glimpse of it. Drum roll please for the Guernsey lily: Nerine sarniensis.
Thank you to Carol at maydreamgardens for hosting this popular meme. If you pop over there you can find out what people around the world are enjoying in their gardens at the moment.