Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Sept 2018


The Tithonia are the stars of the Big Border at the moment.  I am really pleased with them having grown them from seed.  They were planting out just before the heat wave and then just sat there until the heatwave broke.  They have quickly put on growth and are now flowering their socks off.  I may just grow them again next year.

I’m also really pleased with the Knipofia ‘Popsicle’ which were added this year.  They are now on their second batch of flowers which is a real bonus and not a feature of my other Knipofia.

I am also incredibly thrilled with this Nerine.  I don’t know its name but the colour is so vibrant and fabulous.

The Japanese Anemones are as reliable as ever and provide a nice elegant backdrop to the rest of the plants.

But it’s not all fabulous, the Kirengeshoma palmata have suffered this year.  The leaves have crispy edges and the flowers have been very slow in opening and appear washed out compared to previous year.

I do like this aster but for the life of me I can’t remember its name or even buying it.  If anyone can identify it I would be grateful.

Coming back to the orange theme the Grevillea victoriae has just started to flower which is good news as it shows the shrub is doing well.  It has started to really shot now and the flowers are finally higher up the plant than previously when they seemed to be hugging the ground.

Thalictrum delavayi was a surprise to find at the back of the woodland border, it seems very late to me but I’m not complaining.

And to end I thought I would include a few more bulbs as I do love bulbs. So here are two Tulbaghia; the one above is Tulbaghia violacea ‘Alba’ and the one below is an unknown Tulbaghia bought from a plant sale a while ago.

I hope you enjoyed my floral highlights for September.  If you are Glen over at I hope you don’t decide to steal this post like you did last months – we shall see.

thanks as ever to Carol at May Dreams for hosting this lovely meme.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2016


I’m amazed at how much colour there is in the garden at the moment, especially as there seemed to be very little back in August.  Of course some of the colour is courtesy of the autumn leaves and various berries but there is still a significant floral contribution. This hydrangea is one of those supermarket finds from a year or so ago which to be honest I had forgotten about until I got to the top of the garden today and spotted it.  Such a lovely combination of dark leaves and flower – I think I need to find a better location to show it off better.

Salvia involucrata boutin
Salvia involucrata boutin

Part of the reason I struggle to get to the top of the garden is this Salvia which is going for world domination – its huge.  So much so that I have left it in situ the last few winters with just a mulch to protect it roots.

Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'
Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’

I actually prefer Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ as the flowers are more delicate and I like the two-tone effect which brings a special light to the border.

Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'
Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’

Although the majority of the asters have been moved to the front garden there are still a few adding to the colour in the back garden.  I think Lady in Black is my favourite aster, it has wonderful dark stems and whatever the weather it remains upright, just wafting around in the wind.

Symphytrochium novea-angliae 'St Michaels'
Symphytrochium novae-angliae ‘St Michaels’

Symphytrochium novae-angliae ‘St Michaels’ is a good strong purple and I like the larger daisy flowers; I also like it as it is named after a local hospice.  This is also doing well in the RHS trial of Symphytrochium novae-angliae which I am acting as recorder for at the local Old Court Nursery.


I do like Japanese Anemones, this pale pink one is a new addition to the garden and lightens a very green border.

Kirengeshoma palmata
Kirengeshoma palmata

The Japanese Anemone is adjacent to the Kirengeshoma palmata – that pink and yellow combination abhorred by many but to be honest I quite like; well if it’s the right pink and the right yellow.

Colchicum 'Dick Trotter'
Colchicum ‘Dick Trotter’

The second group of Colchicums are flowering.  I bought the corms for these at the Malvern Autumn Show last month.  I do think Colchicums are underrated, yes they have large leaves but they bring so much colour to the garden at this time of year.

Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium

As well as Colchicums there are Cyclamen hederifoliums flowering around the garden.  I particularly like this group and the way they appear to be lining up behind the leaves.


Another discovery in the depth of the back of the garden – a begonia of some sort bought from a charity plant sale, which seems to be thriving.  I love the way the flowers add pin pricks of colour amongst the foliage.


Finally, high up above the back planting the Abutilon is flowering.  I can’t remember the variety but I do like the way the flowers look like they are made out of silk and velvet.

Thanks to Carol over at May Dream Gardens for hosting the GBBD meme each month.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2014

2014_08130028logo Here we are at the end of August and I have been lamenting the lack of colour in my garden.  I have been more interested in foliage in the last year and I wondered whether this has had a negative impact on the floral display however looking at these photographs it is clear there is plenty of colour but much is in the cooler tones rather than in the rich colours that are common at this time of year.  I think I need to add some brighter tones to the borders so I will be seeing what I can find at the local nurseries over the coming weeks.


I have a few Asters but I am struggling to work out which is which as the poor plants have been moved so many times over the last two years.  I will have to ask my friend Helen Picton to identify them.  However I do know the small-flowered white one above is Aster umbellatus – the flowers create a sort of white hazy above the rest of the planting.


Keeping the unintentional cool theme going in the Big Border, along with the Asters, is this herbaceous clematis.  I bought it last year but for the life of me I cannot find the label this evening  but I love the softness of the blue which reminds me of wedgewood china.

2014_08130023logoThe liatris is looking wonderful at the moment in fact this is the best it has ever been and it seems to be thriving in its new location in the Big Border so much so that I think I will try to bulk it up or buy some additional plants to make more impact. There are some Rudbeckia about to open in this area which should really zing up the border.

On the patio the colours get stronger with the Dahlias really stealing the show.  However, I seem to have a number of deep burgundy ones and I think I could do with some other colours to add a contrast. Below we have Con Amore, Juliet, Jowey Mirelle and Chat Noir

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In the front garden is my new Crocosmia Sunglow which I hope to plant out this weekend.  I do like the orangey yellow Crocosmias more so than the bright red ones.

2014_08130012 I’m not sure which Crocosmia this is as I have had it for years.  It has wonderful bronze foliage and is a mass of flowers. 2014_08130005 Finally I will leave you with a Japanese Anemone.  I have had these plants for ever and they are currently located in the shady corner of the front garden in front of a bamboo.  They seem to be doing well here and there is plenty of space for them to spread out so they may well get to stay put!


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Garden Blogger Bloom Day – September 2013


I like September as the heat of the summer is over and aside from many other nice things it’s when some of my favourite flowers bloom.  This year I have grown Chrysanthemums for the first time.  I am probably one of those unusual people who actually likes  Chrysanthemums, not the dumpy ones you buy from DIT stores and garages but the tall elegant stems.  I hope they make a come back like Dahlias have and having grown them this year I was surprised how easy they were.  I can’t tell you what the one above is as the label is buried under the foliage.


Japanese Anemones are always a sign that summer is on the wane and these thrive in my garden.  Strangely though the pink ones I bought a couple of years ago have disappeared so many they aren’t as robust as the white ones.


Kirengeshoma palmata is another elegant plant that just isn’t grown enough.  My specimen grows in a shady border adjacent to the patio so I can see it from the living room even when it gets too wet or chilly for me to garden.


My Asters have had a tough year due to me moving them around for the workshop project.  I have lost all the labels in the process so I have no idea which one this is but I like the delicate flowers.


I am increasingly going off bright yellow in the garden but I do like this Rudbeckia which arrived of its own accord a few years back.  I suspect it seeded from some wild bird seed.  However, it arrived I prefer the flowers of this perennial plant to the annuals that I have grown for years.

2013_09140022logoI am also very chuffed with my Kniphofia, I think it is Toffee Nose, and unlike the Asters the change of location seems to have done it a power of good as it has never had so many blooms on it nor for such a long period of time.  Of course the warm summer may  have helped so we shall see.

There are also lots of Dahlias and Zinnias still flowering.  As well as Pelargoniums which are still hanging on along with a few annuals.  The cyclamen have started to flower now as well which is a sure sign that the season has turned.


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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2013


It is definitely high, or some might say late, summer as the Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ has started to flower.  I have to say I am surprised as it has been so dry this year and I thought the Ligularia would struggle.  Admittedly the display isn’t has stunning as other years but it is still good.


The Japanese Anemones have started to flower, again another late summer flower.  I love this plant especially at dusk when the flowers shine out from the shade.


The Dahlias are all flowering – having shown a few previously I thought I would include  this one as it is a rather nice colour.  This is a Bishop’s Children seedling grown last year and I think it is a keeper.

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I am particularly pleased with these Zinnias.  I have tried to grow them in previous years but either they haven’t germinated well or the plants haven’t been happy wherever I have planted them.  This year I was late sowing them and they are in a fairly shady location which I think helped them when it was so hot a month ago.  Zinnias may just creep on to the list for next year although I was adamant that I wasn’t growing annuals next year.


I love this Thalictrum, I think it is Thalictrum album and it flowers several weeks later than the other Thalictrums I have.  It is also a lot shorter which I like.


One of my new Echinacea which the bees have been loving.  I think I have decided where to plant them so they might be lucky and get their feet in the ground this weekend.


One of my very favourite flowers at this time of year, Lobelia tupa.  I know I have shown it before but I just can’t help myself.


Flowers have started to appear on the slope which is a real result considering the poor things were unceremoniously moved earlier in the year.  Amazingly, considering I wasn’t sure what plant was what so early in the year the slope isn’t looking too bad.  The Liatris spicata above is a real star and the spike of flowers makes a nice contrast to all the daisy style flowers.


The new Monardas are beginning to look good and attracting bees which is good as the Digitalis ferruginea next to it is just going over.

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Finally, a couple of Pelargonium flowers.  Surprisingly, these flowers are on the same plant.  Not two plants in the same pot but the same plant which has two strong stems one with pale pink flowers and one with the brighter  pink flower – very strange indeed.

These are the floral  highlights in the garden today.  There are also more Dahlias, Rudbeckia, Cosmos, Phlox flowering their socks off.

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GBBD – Sept 2009


Its interesting that although there appears to be alot of colour in the garden at the moment it is coming from fewer plants than in previous months.  One of my favourites at this time of year is the Japanese Anemone.  They really sparkling in the twilight and are quite a nice foil to other flowers such as Lobelia Tupa.


Another favourite is this Cimicifuga racemosa ‘Atropurpurea’ which has a wonderful scent.


Alot of colour is coming from these Rudbeckia Marmalade.  They are annual Rudbeckias.  Whist they are very attractive I dont like them as much as the Rudbeckia Cappacino I grew last year.


I’m pleased with this dainty Kniphofia called Toffee Nosed.  Hopefully now it has settled into its new home it will start to bulk up and I will get more than one flower.


I was late in sowing my calendula this year and then slow in planting them out so they are only just now getting going which is a shame as they will have a short flowering season.  I liked this flower as it looked rather shy!


The Sedums are proving to be very popular with the insects at the moment, although they didnt stay still long enough to feature in the photo above.  I think the Sedums are such good doers that we dont really notice how much colour they are contributing in their own subtle way.Copy (2) of 2009_08130020.

The real star of the show at the moment is my Dahlia Chat Noir which has been flowering for at least a month and is still full of buds.

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