The garden now feels as though it is at its peak, an abundance of foliage and floriferousness. Another month and it will be fraying around the edges, before settling back down for a last burst of Autumnal glory.
It is also the time of year when I feel guilty about all the things I haven’t done, despite having the best of intentions earlier in the year. The weeds are rampant, the lawn is bare and I haven’t planted half as much as I intended. Still I will focus on minor victories.
- Buddleia bush
I know they are commonplace, but I love our Buddleia davidii, sometimes known as the butterfly bush. I have not seen many butterflies in the garden this year, with the exception of a few cabbage whites, so I am hoping now that it has come into flower it will attract some.
2. Dwarf apple tree
Last year this little tree only produced one apple. This year it has gone a little crazy. Apple experts out there, should I remove some of the apples now or will the tree do this for itself?
3. Rose arch
I already featured our rose arch in a recent six, but it has really come into its own now and has benefited from a heavy pruning earlier in the year. I have no idea of the variety – can anyone out there hazard a guess?
I planted these gladioli before we installed raised beds in our front garden, grown from corms bought at the Chelsea Flower Show. They survived the upheaval and continue to push through in all their dazzling splendour (please ignore the bindweed climbing up sunflower stems). I am planning to cut them for a vase this week.
There are many things in our garden I can’t claim credit for including this beautiful blue Perovskia, which pushes through our Daphne, blocking the path in style (as well as the view of our neighbour’s building work and the bins!)
6. Santolina and steps
I bought this little cotton lavender plant for 50p from Geoff Stonebanks’s lovely garden at Driftwood near us then planted it in a corner and forgot about it. This year it has put out some lovely yellow flowers reaching south for the sun. I know some people grow it just for its silvery foliage, but I am rather fond of these jolly pompoms.
As ever I am joining in with The Propagator, who invites us to feature six things from our gardens each weekend. I don’t know where my blog would be without him and his marvellous Six on Saturday meme, so do check him and his followers out.