Category Archives: Flowering in October

Not the usual colours of Autumn?

The late seasonal warmth in the air has given rise to a second flush of flowers from these Iris germanica, which look fab against the backdrop of bright pink Dahlias

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We still have these Verbascum bombyciferum flowering  between the deep red/purple Amaranthus ‘Red -hopi dye’ and white Dahlias

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Weigela florida is having a second flush after mainly flowering in late  Spring

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as is this sweet smelling Lilac

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The Hypericum is still producing these lovely bright yellow flowers – very welcome against their evergreen foliage

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And finally it is worth sowing Sweet peas late in the season as we still have these flowering over our archway

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Herbaceous border versus Mixed border

Firstly, the feature photo was taken on my way to work this week… just saying 😉

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and Euonymus alatus spends the whole year in the background until NOW!  Woohoo, now we can see you. It is situated in my mixed shrub and herbaceous border for Autumn colour and this following photo is the rest of that border:

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There is Sedum spectabile, Hebe, Miscanthus, a Rose, Salvia, Willow, Hydrangea, Dahlias (Thomas A Edison, Karma chocolate and Hillcrest royal) and a Phormium. Still Looking good and packing a punch.

Alternatively in another garden, a mainly herbaceous area of the garden:

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Well it still looks ok but most of the leaves are raggedy, some plants have toppled over and I decided not to delay the inevitable…

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Yes,  it is now on the compost. This is what we cut down:

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Aquilegia (I think we have cut this back at least 3 times already this year)

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Polyganatum biflorum or Soloman’s seal

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Macleaya microcarpa

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Iris, yellow flag

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Hemerocallis (Day Lilies)

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Asters – Still flowering but blown over in the wind so some are now in a vase with white Dahlias

All have been cut back to ground level. What we have left:

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The adorable Arum italicum

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and lots of tiny Digitalis pururea (foxglove seedlings)

which we will leave until they are big enough to transplant around the area.

In another part of the garden we also cut back the Hosta leaves:

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All very therapeutic if you ask me.

Back to the deep brown beautiful earth again.

My heart is singing.