The slow downward spiral into autumn continues, slowly this week, a little quicker next week if the forecast is accurate. Soon it will be Camellia season, which always keeps me busy through the winter months. I have buds on new plants that I cannot wait to see in flower.
Still lots of colour around though, in fact it’s been a great year for our Fuchsias in particular and they are mostly still dripping with flowers. Not that I’ve included any in my six. What have we got then:
Cosmos atrosanguineus. Chocolate Cosmos, that I took a cutting of about a year ago. I thought I’d lost it this spring but it eventually showed above ground and it has finally opened a couple of flowers. A good photo challenge is chocolate cosmos. I think I’d give myself about six out of ten.
Dahlia ‘Polly Peachum’. Dahlias are great for pure colour but I think the ones I like best are those that combine two strong and contrasting, even clashing, colours. They have a vibrancy about them that really works for me. Pink and orange in this one. What it is doing still languishing in a pot at this stage of the season I have no idea.
Back in June I was whingeing about one of my neighbours boxing me off to replace a length of boundary hedge with a fence. I did a post about it on June 23, including the first of these two pictures. The second shows it now. Much of the greenery is in pots, Fuchsias, Impatiens, Bomarea and Ipomaea. I have Fuchsia ‘Lady in Black’ at one end, in the ground. Another will be going in at the other end. Then I’ll plant a couple of clematis and augment it with annual climbers in pots. On the other side of the path Fuchsias will do summer, following on from masses of primroses in spring. I am astonished at the growth, the soil looked like impoverished subsoil.
Hesperantha mysteriosa. I have had a large pot of pink Scarborough lily, Cyrtanthus elatus ‘Pink Diamond’, for many years. A couple of days ago I noticed a cuckoo in the nest, in the shape of a very slender and small flowered Hesperantha. I have absolutely no idea where it has come from or what exactly it is.
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars are something we get one or two of on our Fuchsias most years. This year I’ve seen four or five. Their natural food would be willowherb, which is in the same family as Fuchsia, Onagraceae. If one was on an especially treasured plant I might carefully move it onto another variety but generally I leave them to it. I’m glad to have such creatures in the garden. They’ve all disappeared now, this one was photographed on Tuesday.
Plectranthus argentatus is a wonderful foliage plant but it does eventually get around to flowering. I don’t wish to damn with faint praise, so I’ll keep schtum. It’s up against some stiff competition in Salvia ‘Amistad’.
Bulb order number three arrived yesterday, Crocuses and Scillas. Only one more to come. I need to get seed orders sorted. Could probably do with some lousy weather to force me inside. I could tidy my desk if I got desperate enough.
For the umpteenth time this summer they’ve just said we might get thunderstorms today. Hasn’t happened yet, perhaps todays the day. The garden won’t mind though I’m less keen myself. It’d give me a chance to read everyone elses SoS posts, links to which will be in The Propagator’s comments section.