The garden is winding down now and we have had a little frost. There are quite a few roses about but I don’t particularly want to look at them in November. Having said that, these dainty little ‘Perle d’Or’ blooms are still very pretty.
What I love at the moment are the chrysanthemums. I used to hate them and I am still not keen on the big mopheads, but now I love the vibrant colours of the daisy flowered ones. What else is blooming so cheerfully in the garden right now? My favourite is Chrysanthemum ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’. The flowers are orangey-red but the reverse of the petals are bronze.
Maybe brown flowers are an acquired taste but I love Chrysanthemum ‘Marjolein Brown’. I forgot to take a photo of it and now it is getting dark, so this is one I took last year.
If that is too dull for you how about the vibrant colour of ‘Mrs. Jessie Cooper’?
It makes a nice bit of colour alongside nerines and the last flowers of Salvia ‘Water Melon’.
I love the old fashioned ones too, ‘The Emperor of China’ is a very old one but it is such a pretty shade of pink and the leaves turn red in autumn. It reminds me of my childhood.
Another old one is ‘Mary Stoker’, it is always reliable and has pretty daisy flowers.
I have a Chrysanthemum called ‘Suffolk Pink’ because it was found in a Suffolk garden.
I will show you just one more as you are probably all saying ‘enough with the chrysanthemums’.
Most of the Michaelmas daisies are over now but ‘Lady in Black’ is still pretty.
My other late flowering Michaelmas Daisy, Aster ‘Monte Cassino’ has spread all over and its little white stars are always welcome. I know it’s now called ‘Symphio-thingy’ but I can”t be bothered with that at the moment. The taxonomists can say what they like it will always be an aster to me. And a very lovely one too.
The little violet stars of Tulbaghia violacea always take me by surprise blooming so late in the year. This is a South African bulbous plant with strap -like leaves which smell of onion.
And I have tall growing Dianthus rupicola from Sicily which always blooms in October and November.
Another late bloomer is the cute little thistle type plant with dear little fuzzy flowers which are beloved by bees. It looks like a mini knapweed and the ends of the petals are curly.
I am not interested in summer stragglers in November and neither do I want to look at winter flowers which are making an early appearance. So when I talk about snowdrops I mean the ones which bloom in November as they are supposed to do. Galanthus reginae-olgae is in flower in October and Galanthus ‘Barnes’ is in bloom now. And I forgot to take a photograph so here is one I took last year.
I have already shown you all my nerines and salvias in the greenhouse but there are other pretty things in bloom in the other greenhouse.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carole at Maydreamgardens blog. It is great to see what gardeners round the world are enjoying in their gardens each month.
And Symphiotrichum is the name for asters. Unless they are called something quite different, as some of them are. Anyway, they are not really called, ‘ symphio-thingy’.