This Globe thistle (Echinops ritro) should be well and truly dormant during the winter months, not trying to flower! Maybe it will have second thoughts after today’s frost!
‘High Hopes’ is a climbing rose in my garden. Not sure this should be flowering in November, but I am enjoying the memory of the summer garden and a rare glimpse of the sun!
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James Matthew Barrie
This is a beautiful climbing rose in a delicate shade of pink that is currently repeat flowering in the garden. It doesn’t have much fragrance to speak of, but makes up for that with its beauty and shape.
Also photographed at the beginning of summer here and at the end of the season here.
The garden has still got plenty of colour even though it’s the first day of October! These hardy fuchsias will flower until the first frosts. Such a worthwhile addition to any garden, they flower their hearts out all summer long with no attention whatsoever.
Both the yellow lantern-like flowers and the fluffy seed heads of this clematis make it well worth growing. It is very easy to grow and a vigorous climber – useful for climbing up trees and large shrubs. The seed heads will remain on the plant throughout the winter and I will cut the whole plant down to the ground in the spring.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm is a hardy perennial which has been flowering for weeks and is such a cheerful sight in the garden at the moment and which the butterflies find very attractive!
Oenothera lindheimeri, (formerly Gaura lindheimeri) and commonly known as Lindheimer’s beeblossom or Indian feather, is a delicate but tough little flower with a long flowering season which doesn’t mind our clay soil!
This lovely little geum has been in flower since Spring (see here flowering in April) and is still going strong – even the seed heads are pretty. I was particularly pleased with the planting combo against the thalictrum.
Sedum flowers are the bees must-have food at the moment! The flowers are not even fully out and the bees are crawling all over them. Sedums are a wonderful plant to have in the garden, as they have so much to offer for three quarters of the year. The young lush shoots in the spring, the beautiful flowers, followed by the seed heads which look superb covered in frost.
The nicotianas are a riot of colour at the moment and as evening draws near, the smell they emit is divine!
I grew these from seed – actually they were in a packet labelled busy lizzie, but I could tell they weren’t! I have way more than I need, but they have made such an impact on the garden.