…And Pinks

Quickly rambling round the garden today with my camera, taking photos of what is blooming during November, I realised that the majority of these late blooms are pink – no reds and yellows and oranges here, other than foliage, apart from a few remaining apricot blooms on Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton (above). The remaining late roses are certainly pink, with ‘Harlow Carr’ and ‘Nathalie Nypel’s (below), and a handful of blooms of ‘Rural England’ high up in the apple trees:

I need to look at the settings on my semi-automatic Canon Ixus camera as I think I must have accidentally adjusted something, as a lot of recent photos are looking washed out – I am no expert, but shall wade through the instructions and see what mistake I have made! In the meantime, here are some more pinks, clockwise from top left: Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink’, Salvia ‘Neon’, first bloom of Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’, seed-sown Knautia macedonica and long-flowering Erodium manescavii:

The argyranthemum is in one of a  number of pots, some of which are now refilled with winter and spring bedding, like the polyanthus and self-seeded violas below, alongside others with belted summer flowering nemesia, verbena and petunias:

Clearly not all these are pink, and we also have that glorious single stem of Penstemon ‘Czar’ that I featured recently, along with new stalwart Oreganum ‘Rosenkuppel’, wishy-washy pale purple of Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ and late blooms of Clematis ‘Margot Koster’ and one of many persicaria still flowering (this is ‘Blackfield’):

Finally, down in the entrance border are three autumn-flowering snowdrops, this one being Galanthus ‘Barnes’…

…and lastly down to the Coop, where I have been striving to build up a collection of plants that bring interest throughout the year and where accordingly there should be something in bloom every month of the year. Brightening up this mild November are a number of streptocarpus, a pot of cyclamen, a number of pelargonium not yet cut back for their winter rest, and the two large and lanky fantasy chrysanthemums – plus that glorious ‘green’ smell that you only seem to find in a, well, greenhouse:

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9 Responses to …And Pinks

  1. Heyjude says:

    I was surprised to see two blooms on my Gertrude Jekyll rose today! As for your photos have you changed the exposure setting? They look over exposed. I just use my camera on auto settings most of the time only changing to manual focus when I use the macro lens.

    • Cathy says:

      I guessed it would be about the exposure as when I half-depress the button the scene immediately looked lighter and the screen said + two thirds – but it was knowing how to rectify it! I have just dipped into the instructions and got it sorted – whoohoo! Very simple to do and an easy thing to do accidentally, but I now I know how to do it I can perhaps use it to advantage in the future! Thanks for confirming the problem, as it triggered me doing something about it!

  2. Ah! that ‘green’ smell ……….. it brought back memories of a dear Great Grandfather. Those chrysanths are magical and reminded me of Japan. Yes pinks (and red berries) in my garden too.

  3. I love those spiky chrysanths…

  4. pbmgarden says:

    The streptocarpus is beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      All new to me this year, but this one has been flowering from April or so, having started as a plug plant. There are about 3 others flowering nw too, but not as generously

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