Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Still Going Strong

CIMG2234What’s still going strong? The two big aluminium ice cream containers with the bargain Aldi plants certainly are, having flowered continuously for nearly 4 months and with only an occasional dead heading of the petunias – these have far and away been the best of the summer pots this year, although there is still a tolerable amount of colour in some of the others.

Elsewhere around the garden are isolated spots of colour against the green which has taken on a new freshness since the cooler and damper weather there has been of late. Most of the colour, seemingly inevitably, is in the hot borders, the hotter colours tending to come into their own in late summer. Clockwise from top left are Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ against Rudbeckia fulgida, Tagetes ‘Paprika’ and Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’, heliomeris and thunbergia. The heliomeris is a trial for Which? Gardening, and although I have tried several times growing thunbergia from seed I have only ever produced one plant – this is not it though, although these orange ones are my favourite and were a late reject from the local garden centre.

GBBD.Sept13On the white spectrum, in the hedge border near the house Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ has been brilliant this year, really repaying the effort of getting rid of the D****’s P***** to make space for the new border; I have moved a clump of white Japanese anemones to the same border but they have not re-established yet and it is the parent clump that is showing off at the side of the woodland edge border:

whitesThere are a few pinks around still, the odd geranium and penstemon, this nicely establishing clump of phlox (with minute evidence of colour on the adjacent aster) and the unassuming but reliable spikes of pink on this very ordinary persicaria in the woodland edge border:

These aren’t the only flowers in my garden today, but along with the Cyclamen hederifolium I have written about recently and shown again below they are perhaps the ones giving me greatest pleasure at the moment, although I have forgotten to photo two late flowers on Clematis ‘Buckland Beauty’ which should really have been included, along with the ‘Pink Perpetué’ roses by the front door. If you click on the link to Carol’s blog at May Dreams Gardens you will find links to other garden bloggers’ blogs where you can see what is blooming today in their gardens – thanks to Carol for making this possible.


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17 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Still Going Strong

  1. rusty duck says:

    Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ is absolutely gorgeous!
    Are the anemones difficult to move? I’ve just planted some new ones and everyone is now telling me they spread like mad. Yikes!!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi – I don’t think of them as invasive, but when you try and dig them out to move (or remove!) them their roots are quite deep and strong and it’s easy to leave bits behind although if they are not amongst other plants it would be easier to get every bit out. They are so reliable – and feel like a real harbinger of autumn!

  2. Annette says:

    The container planting has really come on very well, Cathy. The Heliomeris is a delight, exactly the colour I like, citrus yellow. My Tagetes in the potager have self-seeded all over and the new plants actually seem a lot stronger than their parents.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – I didn’t notice the markings on the heliomeris until I uploaded the picture, very pretty. It’s not a flower I had come across before till I trialled them. I would be happy for these tagetes (‘Paprika’)to self-seed but I grew them last year too and there was no sign of them of doing so, but it’s something I will sow every year as I like them so much.

  3. Pauline says:

    Your container planting is super, I’m impressed! You have lots of other colour in your garden, its looking really good, the rain came just in time! I’m so envious of your japanese anemones, mine have just given up the ghost, no buds even this year!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – the ice cream tubs were the best of them though and they have not all been as successful. From what people say I am surprised your anemones have let you down – my main clump has been totally neglected but is stunning now and the place I moved it from keeps putting up a new shoot every year and I keep digging them out!

  4. Anna says:

    I enjoyed your September blooms Cathy. I’ve not come across heliomeris before – the flower has a most attractive shape. Off to do some research forthwith 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – see reply to Annette’s comment re heliomeris. I wasn’t struck at first, but as the season has gone on I too am finding them quite attractive

  5. I enjoyed the variety of color in your garden. And I can admire anyone who can make “bargain Aldi” plants grow.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alana – the plants were a bargain as they came from Aldi which is a cut price UK supermarket, now gaining popularity as people realise their products are of excellent quality. Apart from normal supermarket stuff they have random weekly bargains, which often include plants – the plants are excellent quality when they first appear in the shop, but probably don’t get watered so the quality can tail off after a few days. They tend to have named varieties, which is something I especially like.

  6. Your garden is still in such great shape. The stress of an early fall has started to take it’s toll on my garden so I appreciate a little bit of beautiful right now.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Charlie – no sign of recent leaf fall although we did start to lose a few during the earlier hot spell and the damper cooler weather has injected some new life into the garden

  7. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Very nice containers, I always seem to have mixed success with pots and it’s a bit of a gamble. Sometimes like with this, they’re lovely and seem to stay gorgeous for months.

    I always struggle with Anemones, and have planted quite a few over the years. I have some flowering in the front that I recently planted (had been suffering for months in pots on the decking) so I can’t really count them but I need to go check on my whites I had last year – last I looked they had leaves but I don’t remember seeing any buds and they’ve never yet made it over 30cm tall. Someone at the bottom of our road always has a beautiful ‘wall’ of them and I’m so, so jealous 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Liz – I am beginning to feel a bit puzzled about my anemones when I read these comments about other people’s! Mine are probably about 4ft high or taller, and they were very unceremoniously dug out of what was becoming one of the hot borders and just dumped in a hole next to the water butt at the end of the woodland edge border because I didn’t have anywhere else to put them! Oh, and there is a rat run next to them too! Perhaps you can dig yours up and move them with you to your new house when it all comes about and then find they flourish!

      • Liz says:

        I’ve tried Anemones in a few places around the garden and never had much luck. First I tried the Aster border which is very fertile because it’s quite new and I put down lots of fresh compost and some other improver I can’t remember the name of now. So most other plants I’ve put in there have grown huge – the first year I had a Nicotiana easily over 5 feet high! Also, the Persicaria this year is over shoulder height. So I tried the upper tier instead, which is sunny but has more shade thanks to tall Asters and Willows. Here they’ve come back, but are tiny. Finally I have two newbies in the front that are around 30cm but they were stunted by my tardiness and it being a hot/dry summer.

  8. So much blooming still in your garden…mine are fading fast.

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