Monday, 15 October 2007

Garden Bloom Day October 2007

Another month has passed quickly by and it is time once again to post on what is currently in flower in my garden. I am not alone in my posting today and to see what is in flower in other gardens visit May Dreams Gardens and browse the comments on Carol’s Garden Bloom Day post for October. My garden is looking seasonally autumnal as the photos below show.

Photos above from top: Acers showing beautiful leaf colours, Acer seed capsules, Japanese Anemones, Sea Holly and Polygala.

The Japanese Anemones have continued to display their beautiful white flowers and are looking stunning with the changes in foliage colour with the plants that surround them. The Sea Holly is now starting to show signs of fading and the small tubular creamy white and lemon flowers of the Polygala were a surprise to see at this time of year.


Photos above from top: Gunnera flower spike, Golden Hop, Stonecrop Sedum, Ophiopogon planiscpus ‘Nigrescens’ berries and growing through Saxifraga variagata (London Pride).

My Gunnera has had a couple of flower spikes for a few months now but soon I will have to consider cutting down its large leaves and pushing them through the spike to protect for it to survive another year. The golden hop is laden with hops at the moment but it’s foliage is starting to show signs of it too coming to the end of the season. In the next two weeks I will have that pruned back to the ground.

London Pride is looking particularly colourful at the moment and I love to see my grasses grow through it - in particular the Ophiopogon which has berries developing in other clumps in my garden. Another surprise, whilst taking my photos, was the single stem of red growth on my Peiris – this growth usually comes during Spring.


Photos above from top: Sedum Rose Carpet in hanging basket, Clematis ‘Silver Moon’, Brunnera 'Jack Frost', Nepata ‘Walkers Low’, Borage blue and white.

Sedum ‘Rose Carpet’ has been looking great in my hanging basket although I had hoped to see butterflies and bees covering it. At the moment my garden has a range of very interesting colours from the wide variety of greens and autumnal colours. However, it is still holding on to some delicate summer colours with the other plants in the photo selection above.


Photos above from top: Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulus, Calendula, Alpine Aster, Verbena Bonariensis and Cerise Pink Impatiens.

Cotoneaster berries add to the splashes of intense colour still seen dotted in small bursts in my garden. These colours are slowly slipping away with each flower finishing but I don’t mind this transition at all. I have a predominately foliage garden so now it is time for me to appreciate these backbone plants of my garden. I enjoy seeing the structure of my garden in the autumn and winter months.


Photos above from top: Cirsium rivulare "Atropurpureum" and Penstemon ‘Etna’.

I am delighted to be able to show the first flowers of the second flush on my Cirsium which I cut back completely to the ground after it finished flowering during the summer. Last year I had one single flower spike flowering in December so this year I am hoping for many more second time around!

Finally, I am finishing with a photo of the moment as I publish this post. It shows my favourite part of the garden today. There are only a few flowering stems left on my penstemon and in a few days all the beautiful leaves of the Acer will lie crumpled underneath. I hope you are enjoying your garden at the moment as much as I am thoroughly enjoying mine!

The photos above were taken in my garden on September14th 2007, with the exception of the last two full sized photos which were taken on September 15th 2007.

10 comments:

A wildlife gardener said...

My post which I did on Saturday (when I had more time) is really for today...as it shows what's in bloom just now.

I love your little video of the bluetits inspecting the new nestbox, Shirl! Their colours are wonderful. I felt so happy watching them...they looked so fragile and vulnerable, yet raring to go.

Everything in your garden is a treat...a feast for the eyes really. I love so many of your plants. you have a great variety of colour and texture. Well done, Shirl:)

Barbara said...

I just agree to the comment of a wildlife gardener, your pictures are really delightful and a feast for the eyes. Though you speak of having mostly a foliage garden, there is a large amount of beautiful flowers too. I'm still interested in the gunnera but up to now I didn't dare to plant it in my garden. I saw it for the first time some years ago in Ireland and I suddenly felt in love with it. But when I heard it isn't winterhardy.....but now, you write that you cover the plant with its leaves, I guess this should also be possible here in Switzerland. Well, we do have sometimes temperatures around - 15 ° C and a lot of snow. How is it about your winters? How cold does it get in Scotland?
Have a nice and sunny week (we do have it!)!
Barbara

shirl said...

Hi again, Wildlife Gardener :-)

Thanks, I have just visited your post and WOW what a truly beautiful post it is!

As we were cleaning our Nestbox my memories of this nesting year went to our first visitors. The biggest treat was that we were watching ‘Live’ at the time as we heard noises through the PC speakers. I am certain this was the pair would used our box and yes, they did look so fragile :-)

Thank-you for all your kind comments :-D I have enjoyed growing and experimenting with plants for many years – in gardens of family and friends too. It is only now with chat to other gardeners that I am remembering so many other plants that I have grown at some stage in my garden. I just love plants :-D

shirl said...

Hi again, Barbara :-)

Thank-you so much for your kind comments :-D I suppose I have added more ‘flowers’ in the last two or three years and I always surprise myself when I have a few for GBBD!

Ah the Gunnera…. I hoped someone would ask me about that one day :-D I plan to post on it in the future. For the moment I will tell you that I do not have it growing in water or in full fun :-)

As for winter temps here in Scotland we have had it as cold as -15 C but not every winter. I will research our average temps and add it to my post on the Gunnera next month. At this moment it has just started to rain here (glad I took most photos yesterday) and the temp is 14.5 ° C. The rest of our week looks better but despite sunshine the temps are not expected to be any higher. Enjoy your sunny week :-D

Layanee said...

Shirl: Beautiful post on bloom day with so much color! I envy you your gunnera but perhaps in a few years I will be able to grow it! Global warming and all. Gardeners take advantage of nature, after all!

shirl said...

Hi there, Layanee

Thank-you! I'm going over to visit yours now :-D

Yes, who knows what we will be able to grow in our gardens in the future!

Pam/Digging said...

Shirl, your garden looks delightfully autumnal. I covet your Japanese maple and anemones. People do grow Japanese maples here in Austin, but the soil conditions aren't ideal, and the trees often struggle. If I ever decide to baby one along, I hope it looks as beautiful in fall as yours does.

Carol said...

Shirl, your garden is so diverse. I'm sure there is something to see no matter where you look. No wonder it is a delight to the birds, and to us when we see your pictures. Thanks for joining us again for GBBD.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Your garden still looks very nice. You're right, we do have a lot of plants in common; not surprising really as we are practically neighbours. ;-) Great pics!

shirl said...

Hi again, Pam, Carol and Yolanda and hello Connie :-)

Pam – thank-you. I have really enjoyed my Japanese Anemones this year as many of the younger plants are now in flower. The Japanese Maples here are best suited to partial shade and sheltered positions. Winds and sunshine can burn their leaves and they shrivel and fall. I hope you do manage to grow one as they have such beautiful frames even without leaves :-D

Carol – thank-you I have always liked a range of different plants although many I cannot grow in my garden for a variety of reasons. When different types of birds and wildlife started visiting I began to enjoy them just as much as the plants and I have very much enjoyed sharing my photos. Thank-you for organising GBBD :-D

Yolanda – thank-you it has been nice to exchange chat about our common visiting birds just as much as the plants. I love taking the pics :-D

Connie – Welcome and thank-you, I love taking photos of my plants through all their stages. I will be honest and say I particularly enjoy taking photos of the decay in plants as the pass their best. I agree – they have such beauty then too :-D