It seems I have a growing collection of Agapanthus in the garden more by luck than design. It probably is because I have a weakness for all bulbs and at this time of year its seems to be either Agapanthus or Crocosmia. Over recent years they have been moved to the big border which is in full sun, slopes and has a large quantity of gravel in, so good drainage.
Most of my Agapanthus are anonymous, but I am pretty sure that the one above is Agapanthus ‘Alan Street’. I need to liberate it a bit as it has been overshadowed by something else and the stems are quite bendy.
I have included one of Echinacea partly because I am pleased that it seems to have established itself now coming back for a number of years but also because I think it is interesting the impact the drought has had on the flower formation. I have a number of plants where the flowers and stems are just short this year presumably because they haven’t had enough moisture.
I also seem to have started to collect Knipofia; I like the contrast their vertical spires bring to other flowers. I used to despise their gaudy flowers and tended towards the more subtle varieties such as Knipofia ‘Toffee Nose’ which has finished flowering this year. But this year I have added a couple of the Knipofia ‘Popsical’ as they are excellent for pick up the orange of the Crocosmia and tying the border together.
Also new to the garden this year are a couple of Agastache. Again the Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ helps to pull the border together with the Kniphofia and Crocosmia and the Anemanthele lessioniana.
I’ve also added a couple of Agastache ‘Black Adder’ to provide a contrast to the oranges.
So these are my August floral highlights. Thanks to Carol for hosting this meme – check out her blog for more GBBD posts
Today, St Swithin Day, has been dry so I am very hopeful that the tedious rain will be behind us. I don’t actually mind the cooler weather but it is getting frustrating not being able to get jobs done and enjoy the garden. I thought I would start with a smily sunshine plant – Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’.
I, and the pollinators, am really enjoying the Cephalaria gigantea or Gaint Scabious. It is ridiculously tall up to 6ft so it was some thing of a struggle to take the photograph.
Whilst I do like the large Alliums I am becoming more and more fond of the smaller varieties such as Allium cernuum above. They are much shorter and don’t get blown over like the globemasters etc.
A new acquisition this year Hydrangea serrata Shojo. It has a much more delicate flower than the mophead hydrangeas and really lights up a dark and shady corner at the top of the garden.
The Achillea are looking great and very popular with the pollinators. The only downside of them is that they keep flopping everywhere and I haven’t worked out the best way of supporting them.
The Brodiaea has also been flatten by the rain but they are still shining out from the border and increase year on year.
Finally aKniphofia; I have no idea of the variety as it was grown from a mixed packet of seeds but I particularly like the colouring of this one.
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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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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..
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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