Looking back to last September’s GBBD post I seem to be showing the same plants with one of two additions. I don’t have many Asters to show as they haven’t quite opened their blooms yet and with the grey days we have had recently I think they may take a few more days yet. One of the new additions is Crocosmia Emily MacKenzie which I have tried to grow before and lost so fingers crossed this time. I really like the flared flowers with the darker markings inside.
September wouldn’t be September without me showing you Kirengeshoma palmata which is the star of my garden at this time of year. As I have said probably too many time before the flowers remind me of butter curls.
An unknown Rudbeckia continues to glow in the border. This is self-seeded from who knows where although my suspicion is that the birds may have had something to do with it.
Although I find the Aster umbellatus difficult to photograph due to the small flowers I do think it is a very underrated plant. It adds good height to the border without needing staking even in my garden and the insects seem to love it.
The Dahlias are all still flowering well and have done much better in individual pots this year than in the border. I have only included the one above, Classic Rosamund, as the others have all appeared on the blog in the last month or so. Classic Rosamund has only recently opened and I really like the composition of the flower which in my opinion is more interesting than the popular simple Bishop flowers but not as over the top as the cactus flowers.
I do like white Japanese Anemones although I must be in a minority as they don’t seem to appear very often in gardens or the media. I know they have a habit of running but I like the purity of the colour and the way they can really light up a dark corner.
Finally one of my new Japanese Anemones, Queen Charlotte. I bought three for the Cottage Border: Lady Emily, Prince Heinrich and Queen Charlotte. I have planted them in order of seniority along the border so I can remember which is which with Lady Emily closest to the steps – so far it seems to be working but who knows if I will remember this time next year!
Those are my floral highlights for September 2014. For more floral highlights visit Carol over at May Dream Gardens who has hosted this monthly meme for more years than I, and no doubt she, care to remember