Taking the photographs for this post were quite challenging. I had forgotten that GBBD was coming up at the weekend so it meant that I had to take photographs either before or after work today. This only actually gives about a 10 minute window of opportunity in the morning when the light is almost good enough before I go to work as when I get home from work it is dark. And of course 10 minutes in the morning is very valuable when you are trying to get out to work so these photographs were literally taken on the run, wearing inappropriate shoes and a suit!
The garden looks quite colourful but that is generally the yellows and reds of the falling leaves. However a quick scoot around identified that some of the daisies are still flowering well. The Bidens and Rudbeckia (in photos above) are flowering well. Some of the Asters and annual Rudbeckia are still in flower but to be honest are looking a little sorry for themselves.
The Abelia is starting to flower. I do think this is such an under-rated shrub. It sits quietly all Summer providing structure and a backdrop to the perennials and now as the colour is fading it starts to flower and has a wonderful scent. I would have taken the photo from the other side but it meant wading through the border in heels!
I have one Cosmos plant that has flowered well this year, the rest have been something and nothing and this is the second year. I suspect I am letting them get too leggy before they are planted out and then they never really recover. I will try again next year and hopefully now the allotment has gone I won’t get behind with planting out seedlings.
And finally the Lobelia tupa has been flowering for weeks and weeks. In my opinion another overlooked perennial. It has wonderful glaucous foliage and then these wonderful flower-heads. It is easy from seed but takes a while to re-appear in the Spring. Mine grows very happily on clay based soil which gets very wet in the winter. I would recommend it very highly.
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