I am trying to squeeze in a post to join with Chloris and her ‘top blooms’ meme but not only will it be fairly brief but the blooms will be more of a ‘middle-of-the-road’ calibre than top-notch. But that’s how it is, and I like to keep some sort of a record from month to month, starting with Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day before moving on to independent posts, and now joining with Chloris.
Above we have stalwart September bloomer, Sedum (now telephium, but I always have to look it up as it does not yet trip off the tongue) ‘Purple Emperor’, contrasting nicely with Carex ‘Bronco’, and below is just one of my many persicaria, all stalwarts, P ‘Inverleith’.
Not the best picture, but it would be unfair not to show the main concentration of dahlias again as they will reliably continue flowering through September unless we have an unusually early frost:
Still doing amazing things in the cutting beds are these clary sage. S horminum ‘Oxford Blue’ and ‘Pink Sundae’; I am sure they haven’t flowered for as long as this before:
Statice is a new favourite for the cutting beds as well as the borders, like the clary sage providing a shot of brightness for months on end. This one is Limonium ‘Purple Attraction (L ‘Rose Light’ has not done as well), shown with Ammi visnaga, which seemed to take ages to flower but is now providing regular pickings for posies:
New to me this year is Physostegia virginiana, a recent acquisition along with Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, both now flowering generously; I hope they both get through the winter satisfactorily. I don’t know why I have never grown the physostegia before, because it is a pretty plant.
Very seasonal is Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’, grown from seed sown in July 2018; a great plant for the back of the border but sadly, I find, short-lived:
When the first Cyclamen hederifolium appear you know that autumn is on its way, and here they are in full flower, naked of their pretty marbled leaves:
Similarly naked are Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ which needed a special ramble to check up on and, yes, they are flowering, but this year hiding their modesty with a surfeit of Geum rivale leaves. A severe culling is needed of the latter, but rigorous deadheading would have been more beneficial. At least the colchicum will have some protection from the weather…
That’s my not-very-inspiring ten for this month, but if you visit our host you will always find something to inspire you – thanks, Chloris.