I took a few pictures yesterday but didn’t write this on Friday evening as I usually do, so I went out again this morning with the sun just high enough to catch a few things in the garden. There’s a whiff of winding down, flowers going over, foliage starting to look tatty. Most of the strong colours, oranges, reds and golds, seem appropriate and blend in well, which makes the odd jarring thing stand out the more. I have a couple of pots of red and white begonias that just aren’t right at all. Anyhow, Saturday again, The Propagator has no doubt done his Pied Piper thing, bringing into line we sixers from around the planet. Here are mine.
Talking of Begonias, we have a fair old collection in the conservatory, flowering their socks off or leafing their socks off, according to flavour. I don’t really know why we seem to be planting out various tender varieties as bedding then keeping the bedding varieties inside. Might have a rethink on that next year.
Astilbe. It seemed like a good idea at the time to spread the flowering season of our boggy bed by includinga couple of late flowering Astilbes. When the majority flower, the impact is slightly reduced by there being a couple of spots with no flower, now they’re flowering somewhat forlornly amongst the dead flower heads of the earlier lot. This one is such a good one though, replacing it with another earlier flowerer would be hard.
Nasturtiums. For the first time in half a century I’m growing Nasturtiums, and they are bright and cheerful and I love them. But, but, but, they attract butterflies, the wrong sort of butterflies. In theory the caterpillars will provide food for birds, but I’ve seen no evidence of that. In theory the caterpillars will eat the rather lush foliage so the flowers are better displayed, but they’re eating the flowers too.
Helenium. This must have had a name with it at some point, probably stuck on the side of the pot. ‘Ruby Tuesday’ looks like a serious contender but I don’t really know. It’s compact almost to the point of being lumpen, but I can’t complain about the amount of flower.
Begonia luxurians. One of the things that is shown to great advantage by the early sun is this begonia. I wish I could say that it’s positioning was the result of careful study but it was just a happy accident. Potting it for the winter gets harder every year.
That top corner again, I did a before/after comparison picture back in July but that view is now blocked by a rampant dahlia. This is what it looks like now. I’ve repeated the July 10th shot below.
Right, must get this posted and get on. I have a leaky pond to fix, not mine fortunately.