When 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:
Appearing 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?