This post started life as an End of Month View and now we are so far into September, I have changed the title and put in some more up to date photos. In fact I like September; the light is crisper and the colours seem richer. So although Summer has fled, let’s celebrate September and all its riches.
First of all I would like to feature the Winter garden which I created this year, showing the process on EOMV. Several blogger suggested annuals to keep it looking interesting throughout the Summer, so this is what I did. Thank you very much for the suggestion, I have enjoyed these flowers for picking as well, as to make the Winter Garden interesting in Summer.
The easiest were the seeds I just scattered, such as Elscholzia californica, Candytuft ‘Fairy Mix’, Linaria maroccana ‘Sweeties’ and the poppy, Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’. These have all finished now and I never did show you how pretty the Ladybird Poppy is; such a pop of long-lasting colour and I love the contrast of the black and red.
The poppies have finished, but the jolly old marigolds just go on and on. I pick them all the time, but they produce an endless supply of flowers.
In the greenhouse I grew Cosmos sulphureus ‘Bright Lights’, zinnias and cleomes. This is my first year growing zinnias, after reading so many bloggers extolling their virtues. Mine have been very slow to come into bloom, but they are lovely and I am astonished how long each flower lasts. I grew mixed colours.
The giant sunflowers are a bit of fun. My daughter holds an annual competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. There is a party and a trophy is awarded to the winner. I thought I would go for big flowers as well as height. I have never grown these monsters before and I had no idea how much staking would be involved in keeping them upright. They really need scaffolding. My tallest is 10 foot 6 inches, so I hope I am in with a chance of winning. My horticultural reputation hangs in the balance.
I am really enjoying the dahlias growing in the winter garden too.
‘Cafe au lait’ has ridiculously over-sized heads, but it is such an unusual colour. I love the bright red ‘Nescio’; if you are going to have a red flower then it should be a bright red and there is nothing wishy-washy about ‘Nescio’. Actually, I prefer the more delicate charm of Dahlia merkii which is a species dahlia.
For my dark red ones, I started off a few years ago with ‘The Bishop of Llandaff’ which was the dahlia people thought it was alright to introduce into their gardens without incurring the scorn of the taste police. The dark red leaves seemed to make it ok somehow, at a time when dahlias were still considered vulgar. I grew on some seeds of the Bishop and I found some with darker flowers. Each year I grow a few seeds of the darkest ones and now I have several which are almost black. I also have one with stripes on the petals which I showed you in another post.
Against the fence I have another species Dahlia coccinea. I like its bright orange flowers and pretty foliage. It grows quite tall so it needs good staking.
Highlights in the front garden are the Hibiscus which Ivan Dickings gave me. Ivan used to be the very talented chief propagator for Notcutts. I am not sure if he named this Hibiscus. It is a gorgeous colour.
I have already featured several times the huge Alcathaea suffretescens ‘Parkallee’ on this blog. Next to it I have Clematis viticella ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ which will climb into it next year. This year I had to cut the clematis right back just when it was in full flow when we had the house painted.
I love this Hollyhock relation so much; it gets bigger and better each year. I now have two more Alcalthaeas. One is the sister plant which is pink. It is called ‘Park Rondell’.
I also have x Alcalthaea suffrutescens ”Poetry’ which is very similar.
These two plants are still young and I will have to wait a while for them to be as impressive as ‘Parkallee.’
I love agapanthus and I have lots of them in various colours. Most of them have finished now, but this one growing with the Fascicularia bicolor is hanging on. The Fascicularia is just starting to get its bright red rosette. As the season goes on the leaves grow redder. The strappy leaves on the left are Libertia grandiflora which has lovely white flowers earlier in the Summer.
Nearby a large headed Agapanthus looks good with the strappy leaves of a Fucraea. On the wall is Jasminum officinale ‘Clotted Cream’.
New Echinacea hybrids are always a disappointment, vanishing without trace after their first season. Good old Echinacea purpurea hybrids hang around and seed about too. These are growing near lovely Rosa ‘Perle d’Or ‘ which is blooming as well as it was in June.
Red Hot Pokers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, even though some of them come in tasteful lemon or green. This one is called ‘Brimstone’.
I like the picture these pokers make with the seed heads of veronicastrum, a dainty thalictrum and a dark yellow solidago.
Of course September is the start of the Michaelmas Daises. My favourite, Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ has been in bloom for ages and just goes on and on.
Here is a mosaic of some of the other blooms making the September garden special. The last blue flower is unlabelled because I cannot think what it is. Any suggestions?
What are you enjoying in the garden this September?