Pink Paper Roses and Perfect Peppers

rose.pepperWhen the ‘Pink Perpetué’ in the raised bed outside the front door has its second flush, for some reason the blooms always look dry and papery – this picture doesn’t quite capture the completely different appearance – perhaps because the bed is very dry after the summer? It faces almost due east so always gets any morning sun that there is. An interesting and pretty phenomenon. Also pretty and very practical are these delightful little orange peppers, all from one plant and which had no problem ripening. There is another batch due from a second plant, and a similar number of long red peppers, still very green.

Rambling at leisure today, peeping and prodding, picking and photographing, I have been aware of isolated second flushes of flowers, like this Geranium phaeum in the woodland edge border, Astrantia ‘Buckland’ and an unnamed echinops:

2ndflushAppearing out of the blue, but a dazzling red, is this schizostylis, probably a refugee from my Mum’s garden, which popped up at the edge of the rose garden in a spot that was previously part of another border. It will need a new home, but I am unsure whether to decamp it to the hot border, or one of the main borders – I certainly don’t remember them being quite as startlingly red before so this is quite a shock to the system. Also dazzling, but like a multi-coloured kaleidoscope, is Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, identified by a friendly blogger when it reappeared last year; it hibernates until mid summer before producing leaves which quickly turn red, accompanied by these contrasting blue flowers. How pretty is that?


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6 Responses to Pink Paper Roses and Perfect Peppers

  1. Christina says:

    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is lovely and might even do well for me if it hibernates during summer, the combination of the foliage and flowers is very striking.

    • Cathy says:

      I have checked in the RHS book and it doesn’t actually say that it keeps a low profile until later in the year, but mine definitely does as I thought it had disappeared earlier on – I don’t remember it being as pretty as this last year though!

  2. Like you I’m seeing a few isolated 2nd flushed of flowers, it’s nice to get a bit extra from our plants. Each year Ceratostigma catches my attention and I always mean to give it a go. Maybe next year!

    • Cathy says:

      I can’t remember when I got the Ceratostigma – it just seemed to appear last year and I certainly haven’t had to nurture it so it must be pretty trouble free 😉

  3. rusty duck says:

    There’s still plenty happening isn’t there?
    I bought a pink schizostylis last autumn. Didn’t hold out much hope for it returning (mice) but it’s doing great again this year!

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