Clearing spent foliage from the right hand hot border yesterday makes it even more obvious that the border isn’t even lukewarm, let alone half hot – the foliage of Vitis vinifera ’Purpurea’ is now dark red and there is a solitary nasturtium in view and a couple of splashes of red from the now reinvigorated red salvias in the baskets but that is all, other than some soggy orange dahlia and a young Rudbeckia fulgida out of shot. Earlier in season there was Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, some hemerocallis and a fairly new kniphofia – oh, and Aquilegia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ too, all tall contributors to the supposed heat. The border desperately needs some more colour throughout the season (although I am sticking to taller specimens as smaller ones would be swamped) and in the absence of choice in the appropriate colour palette for perennials I shall be poring over seed catalogues for the first time in many years looking for red, orange and (a few) yellow annuals.
The left hand side is looking decidedly warmer, with rudbeckia, geum, dahlias, inula, crocosmia, tagetes and nasturtium still going strong and overlooked by the crab apple ‘Golden Hornet’, all set off nicely by the brick wall behind. Still room for improvement here though!
Some parts of the UK have gales forecast for tomorrow evening, although I think the Midlands may escape the worst of them. It has been decidedly breezier in the last day or two though and the wind had conveniently tidied up the piles of leaves I had roughly swept up yesterday, making it easier to collect them up today. In the stone circle by the blue & white borders the wind had made an equally good job of collecting up stray amelanchier leaves, depositing them in a rich red and russet swathe – aren’t they beautiful?