The fuchsia on the left (‘Swingtime”) has amused me this summer, as the flowers always look as if they are bursting out of their shiny red waistcoats – you can see the shape of the inner petals bulging under the red outer petals of the bud second from the left. It’s been a really floriferous variety too, so there have been a whole army of red waistcoats – the Bennett sisters would have loved them!
I am sure the acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) above right had put up a flower spike earlier in the year, but I just noticed this one today – may or not be the same one as it is tucked at the back of a border against the fence. Having a closer look, I found the lower part of the flowers (or perhaps they are sepals?) were quite prickly and I was also intrigued by the swelling seeds inside the flowers – or are they actually the ovaries? I may have had a Grade 1 Biology O-Level but that was quite a few years ago and it still doesn’t equip you with a detailed knowledge or the idiosyncrasies of every species! Whilst inspecting the acanthus I took the opportunity of plucking leaf and flower samples from the adjacent artemisia as I am hoping someone can identify it. The leaves are really silvery earlier in the year and form a low clump until growth begins in earnest pushing its full height up to 3ft or so. Over to you ….
We are still experiencing sunshine between the greyer and damper episodes and this combination felt just right for planting out some of the young plants that ended up in my new nursery beds, as well as moving a few ill-placed plants. Sown from seed, Aquilegia ‘Green Apples’, Pennisetum thunbergia, Campanula punctata and Polemonium linifolium all moved to their new homes, along with some dierama I had from Hayloft a few weeks ago, their respite in the nursery bed rather than remaining confined to pots seemingly paying off as they all seem sturdy plants although still small.
Although the weather HAS ‘turned’ (meaning more clothes, like the garden’s cardigan) it is quiet comforting in a way – we have been there before, done it before and know what to expect. The dampness, the darker night, the leaves falling – it comes round every year and brings with it so many other pleasures, like the changing colours, the late flowering blooms, picking tomatoes and making chutney, wearing that cardigan again for the first time in months…. No, I shall not grumble about it at all.