I spent last night trying to think up tag lines for a copywriting job, so am a bit later than usual for this week’s post. Writing about gardening is more spontaneous and fun than the paid stuff! SO, I have made inroads into autumnal bulb planting, and the narcissi, muscari and Dutch iris have all gone in. There’s a real sense of relief – bulb planting comes with a sense of pressure and deadlines. Still quite a few to go, and am waiting for my tulip bulbs to arrive from The Netherlands. The good news is that when I run out of space, I can colonise the allotment – Roberto has given me an extra patch where he says I’m welcome to grow flowers. This is what makes gardeners happy – give me land, lots of land. Onto this week’s first item:
1 Cotinus Royal Purple is magnificent in its autumn colour, which is just coming through, and I think the brick house wall makes a good backdrop. It’s growing to tree size now, but I don’t mind, it has great impact.
2 Pennisetum ‘Hameln’. We’ve had a couple of dewy mornings when the sun highlights every single drop hanging off every leaf and seedhead, this was one of them. Autumn can be so magical.
3 Aster. I’ve got the variety name somewhere, but you get the idea. This one is late to flower after getting the Chelsea Chop, which has done nothing to reign it in. The addition of the gravel path last spring has improved things greatly as it always looked so messy flopping onto the grass. Now it’s slightly less messy.
4 Tithonia ‘Torch’ has been pretty incredible, sometimes you can’t believe all this flowering comes from a few little seeds you sowed in spring. The only problem with this plant is that its flowers face upwards and being tall, you don’t always get them at eye-level. A few windy days have meant that the plant has flopped but in a good way, with all the flowers now turning their sunny faces to me.
5 Miscanthus with Dahlia ‘Bora bora’. Everything in the west-facing vibrant border has a bit of lean towards the best of the sun. In this case, the lovely Miscanthus plumes are framing the never-tiring Bora-bora.
6 Helianthus (Perennial sunflower). I’m so glad I put these into the border this year, they have flowered for weeks in a cheerful lemony-yellow and they are very popular with the bees.
That’s all for this week’s Six, here’s a link to many more if you fancy a peek at other gardens. I need to keep up the momentum with bulb planting and also check in at the allotment. I gave Roberto, the chap who runs the plot, some garlic cloves to plant from my own harvest this summer, and I need to go and get some weeding done. My own garden needs weeding too for that matter, there’s still plenty to be done before the cold sets in. Hope everyone has a good weekend and happy gardening for those so-inclined.