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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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More