The nibbled ‘Procyon’ dahlia that featured rather sadly last week has been joined by the sudden opening over the mild weekend of a second bud, currently perfect in its entirety – the comparative picture is rather deceptive, as this flower is about two thirds of the original size of the first one, the mother plant possibly running out of steam already? Also taking me by surprise is a fully open flower on Dahlia ‘Orange Nugget’ in the right hand hot border – its first bud appeared in August, but was nibbled before it could open. Again the picture is deceptive as the flower is smaller than its two-toned cousin – classed as a ‘decorative’ dahlia I believe, but aren’t they all?!
More second chances are evident in the roses, with the lead effect pot on the paved area resplendent again with a lovely flush of ‘Munstead Wood’, still accompanied by geraniums (pelargoniums , I mean) of the same colour (could I overwinter these, can you tell me?), ‘Zépherine Drouhin’ in the rose garden itself (with ‘Blush Noisette’ against the fences in the background) and ‘Pink Perpetué’ outside the front door. All very lovely: