GBBD October 2010: Fading Beauty
It was more of a challenge to find nice blooms for GBBD this month. Lots of the plants are beginning to look tired and a little worn around the edges but there are still some blooming their socks off. The Rudbeckia above is very bright and I am actually struggling to find the right spot for it, its definitely in the wrong spot at the moment colour wise but I am planning to replant the border it is in soon so hopefully it will look more at home soon.
The real glamour queens of the garden at the moment are the Dahlias. I can’t understand why more people don’t grow them. Chat Noir has been flowering its socks off since at least August if not mid July and is covered in flowers. Others that are looking great at the moment are Honka, a species Dahlia (below top) and Swan Lake (below bottom).
Admittedly I have some dahlias which aren’t performing so well but I will get rid of those this winter and try something else next year and then keep the ones that perform well. I lift my Dahlia’s each year as I have quite clay soil and it can get very soggy in winter. I just dry them out and remove any rotten bits of the tubers and then stacked them in seed trays with a little compost to help retain moisture and store them in the garage. It seems to work well.
I have finally managed to get a reasonable photo of my Eupatorium. It has proved to be a very troublesome plant to photograph for some reason but I am pleased that in its first year it has put up two good flower stems. Hopefully it will start to thrive on the bank with the surrounding grasses.
I am really pleased with this Kniphofia. It is one of a bunch of seedlings I have grown from a packet of mixed Kniphofia seeds. I was surprised to find it as I had muddled it up with some Cyperus glaber seedlings and it appeared in a boggy part of the garden doing better than the other Kniphofia seedlings. I like the colouring as its not as harsh as some Kniphofias.
I have also finally managed to get a photo of the Persicaria flowers which have been eluding me for months. I am really pleased with this plant and thinking of getting another one maybe a darker red or a white if it exists.
These are the best of the blooms this month, I doubt there will be much at all to show you next month.
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