By this time of year I’m afraid I have nothing new to share with The Propagator and my fellow SOS-ers.
Well, nothing new per se that is. What is different about the late September garden is the tone, feel and look.
I have just stepped out into our chilly back garden to take these new shots of things I’ve shown before; now a bit floppier, fuller, going brown around the edges but determined to have a last fling.
1. I can’t express the beauty of this pinky white rose which we can see from our French windows which is still flowering like it’s June. This photo doesn’t really do it justice and it’s loveliness is set off by the blue ceanothus behind. Underneath is looking a bit bare so I need to get my thinking cap on for some ground cover here.
2. I love following the life cycle of this fern which I’m guessing is Matteuccia struthiopteris, from its first unfurling fronds to these giant green fronds which will soon turn to brown.
3. I bought this little Echeveria ‘Duchess of Nuremberg’ from the gardens at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall last year. Since then I have to confess I have treated her mean but despite drought, rain and frost she has just about survived. I will find a sheltered spot for her this winter.
4. This rather glorious holly (woven through with jasmine) provides shade at the end of our garden. This photo reminds me it is time to book in our trees for their annual trim.
5. Autumnal steps – with nasturtiums, strawberry plants and fading hydrangeas. The middle two pots are waiting to be planted up with bulbs.
6. Orange flop – no it’s not a new pudding, it’s my favourite two new plants of this year (Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early’ and Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’) still looking gorgeous even if they do look like they’ve partied a bit too hard.
Don’t forget to drop in on The Prop and his followers for more September beauty.