… every border was as floriferous at the end of September, or any other month for that matter, as these two cutting beds! Sadly, this is not the case and of course never will be so perhaps I can be forgiven for drooling over their current bounteousness, courtesy of dahlias, cosmos, antirrhinum and rudbeckia, all absolute ‘musts’ for next year. I am now sufficiently confident of cosmos and dahlias, including the ‘bedding’ dahlias I have grown from seed (which I will try retaining for another year, lifting them with the others), but am also thrilled with the performance of Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ and Antirrhinum ‘Admiral’s Purple’ both of which have flowered non-stop for months. The prominent dahlias seen here are ‘Twyning’s After Eight’ and a red 3rd year seedling from Bishop’s Children, but they are only two of seven of the larger dahlias in these beds.
I took photographs for this post yesterday but have not had time to write an EOMV post until today, a day of nonstop rain and the first completely rainy day for months…seriously. It has not been heavy, just persistent, but we are forecast a dry day tomorrow and generally a dry week, I believe, and it is certainly much cooler, with overnight temperatures in the greenhouses are regularly dropping to single figures – but hopefully frost is still a distant prospect although it has recently been mentioned for some more remote parts of the UK.
Taking stock is now a regular part of my rambles – what to move, remove or take in hand. Three of the main borders had an overhaul last autumn, with plants being temporarily removed, detritus cleared and labels checked before garden-worthy specimens were put back along with a barrowful or two of homemade compost. It will be the turn of the fourth main bed and the three bold borders, the latter in particular needing a big reassessment. I have all but decided to remove the crocosmia from the latter beds as it has consistently underperformed, and underperforming crocosmia is unattractive and a waste of space. I split the clumps a season or two ago but they have not improved so I may now split them again and put them in pots so they can be removed on a whim if they still sulk. I also intend to look at these borders as a whole and actually ‘plan’ some worthwhile additions for next year, rather than continue with the general hotch-potch that they and my other borders have become.
Meanwhile, have a look at the slideshow below to see how the rest of the garden is fairing at this turning point in the year, and do have a look at Helen The Patient Gardener’s blog where you fill find links to other gardens at the end of September. Thank you to Helen for hosting this meme.