My Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post was rather hurried this month and I missed out some beautiful flowers which deserved to be included. For example I forgot to include most of my lovely salvias. One of my favourites is the bright pink Salvia microphylla ‘Wild Water Melon.’ It has large bright pink flowers with a pouched lower lip.
I have quite a few new ones this year which kind friends have given to me as cuttings. This one Salvia greggiii Nachtvlinden’ is the deepest purple. The name is Dutch for moth.
I love the two-tone pink on this one but I don’t know its name.
Salvias are easy from cuttings so it is always a good idea to keep some going as an insurance policy Some of them like ‘Water Melon’ have survived for a few years in my garden. But I know that they might not survive a really cold winter. Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ has proved hardy for three years now. You can see how it got its name.
I’m not sure of the name of this next one but it seems to be hardy too.
The tall growing perennial Salvia uliginosa flowers until the first frost. I mentioned it in my last post and called it Lobelia uliginosa. Oh dear, whatever was I thinking? I changed it quickly but nevertheless quite a few people saw it. But nobody said a word. I don’t know whether nobody noticed or whether everyone was too polite to mention it. So sorry, it is certainly a Salvia and a lovely tall, sky -blue one. I love it when the yellow Clematis tangutica comes out and scrambles around behind it.
I showed a few Asters or should I say Symphyotrichum last time. Here are a couple more fabourites.
The one above is Aster cordifolius ‘Photograph’ with lots of little lavender coloured flowers. I love it and grow it, as you see here, with Chrysanthemum ‘Dixter Orange’.
In the next photograph Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ grows with Diascia and Rudbeckia. Behind is a yellow shrubby Potentilla which I would never have planted but I don’t mind it at this time of the year.
Still in this bed there is a lovely blue Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Black Knight’. It is not black of course but it is a very dark blue. I grow it with the pure white Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’.It is probably not an ideal partner as the Caryopteris can take drought and the Anemone can’t, but they seem to be all right together so far.
For the back of my wide border I have a very invasive, tall Helianthus which a friend gave me with the warning that it would take over if given the chance. I like it and grow it with the tall Veronia crinita ‘Mammuth’. I am going to beg some of my daughter’s tall blue Echinops to add to the group.
Pretty in pink at the moment I have a lovely late flowering Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine’. It is a really dark colour and has very short petals. Many of the new hybrids don’t survive the winter but Echinacea purpurea usually does.
I have bought a new Hydrangea called Hydrangea paniculata ‘Silver Dollar’. It is similar to my son’s ‘Limelight’ but pure white rather than greenish.
I have planted it near to the lovely, hardy Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana.
The roses are having the best September flowering that I can remember. Here is just one. The delicate, pink Rosa ‘Jacqueline du Pre’ I love its pretty pink, yellow tipped stamens.
You can see by all the raindrops that we have had rain at last. A thunderstorm came raging in yesterday and this probably marks the end of the summer. Never mind, Autumn is good too, specially with so many late summer flowers to enjoy. Even the husk of earlier flowers can be attractive. This is what remains of my Peaonia suffruticosa flower.
It has been a great year for butterflies. Yesterday while it was still very warm and sunny I managed to get a shot of this lovely Comma. It seems a good way to say goodbye to the summer.