Early Autumn in the Front Garden

When I posted at the end of September I included a photo of the front garden, which I rarely post pictures of.  One of my readers suggested that I post more often on the front garden as it looks interesting so here you go.  It is timely as the planting in the front garden was designed to peak at this time of year. If you look carefully there is a gravel path in a curve through the garden.  It is rarely used as the only place it actually goes is to the side access to the back garden but it does give me access to the planting. I created the front garden space just over two years ago.  It was previously mainly lawn and unloved.  So the lawn came up and I planted the space mainly with late summer/early autumn perennials which were being rehoused from the back garden. There are several different asters here as well as rudbeckia and sedum – I’m not sure about the yellow rudbeckia and the red mauve sedums together but it’s a passing phase.
The grasses are Calmagrostis ‘Overdam’.  There are is also some Fennel and Euphorbia in the border which give more interest earlier in the year.   The structure is provided a Phormium; two Sorbus – one Sorbus aucuparia  and Sorbus pseudohupehenis ‘Pink Pagoda; a birch; and two Grevilleas – Canberra Gem and Grevillea victoriae.  The space is surrounded by beech and laurel hedges.
So that’s my front garden – hope you enjoyed the whistle top tour  

In a Vase on Monday – Late Summer Glow

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My vase this week contains some late summer perennials which are looking good in the garden at the moment.  I have to admit to being a little mean when I cut flowers in the garden.  I really hate diminishing the display and many of my plants are  to young to produce lots of blooms.

This week’s bunch contains some perennial Rudbeckia which arrived in the garden, possibly via bird seed.  One of the pale pinky red echinacea, a larger flowered Aster whose name is long-lost (I much ask Helen Picton which it is), two types of Crocosmia – one of which could well be ‘Sunglow’, an unknown Persicaria, Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ and some Thalictrum – probably delavayi.  It seems the lesson to learn here is I need to keep better notes of what is what!

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There is nothing to tell you about the vase as I am sure I have used it before for this post.  It is one I bought in my early teens when on holiday in Venice and I have used it ever since.  It is the perfect vase with a narrow neck which flares at the top thus keeping the stems together but allowing the flowers to spread out.

So this are the colours of my garden at the beginning of September.  For more vases pop over the Cathy’s at Rambling in the Garden

In a Vase on Monday – Daisies


I have been very remiss in participating in recent months in Cathy’s Monday meme – In a Vase on Monday. Life has been so busy at work and at home that it was one thing too many.  Anyway, the various things that have been challenging seem to be moving in a positive direction towards a resolution and I have felt the weights that have weighed me down lifting.  Today, I start two weeks annual leave so I thought I would celebrate by joining in again with the meme.


As I have said before when posting on this meme I have no preconceptions that I have any flower arranging abilities beyond the picking and plonking in a vase.  I wanted to showcase the echinaceas and rudbeckias growing in the garden.  Sadly on going to cut the rudbeckias I realised that my lack of time in the garden recently meant that all the annual rudbeckias were growing horizontally and then curving upwards which makes flower arranging, even of the plonking kind, a but of a challenge.  Anyway, I have done my best and I have also included a couple of zinnias although I think they are a little lost and would probably have been better in a zinnia only combo.

So that’s my vase this week and I am going to try very hard to keep up with the meme now.

For other vases on this sunny Monday pop over to Cathy’s

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow


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Lysichiton americanus

Narcissus ‘Sophies Choice
Narcissus ‘Sophies Choice

Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussey’
Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussey’

kirengeshoma palmata
kirengeshoma palmata

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is Yellow and being a gardener yellow obviously means flowers so here are some yellow highlights from the garden this year.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – 15th November 2012

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.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit  Carol at May Dream Gardens

GBBD Post – August 2011

What a thrill just in time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day my passion-flower has flowered.  This variety is Passionflower Perfumed Passion and I can confirm that it certainly does have a good perfume.  This is a tender plant and is in the greenhouse but there is quite a bit in flower in the garden.

I have three Echinacea now and they seem to do alright on the slope border.  In fact the slope is becoming more of the ‘daisy’ border and I think as part of the big autumn makeover I will actively build on this and move more daisy type flowers to the slope.  They seem to do particularly well, especially asters, as they have to ability to move with the wind which does wipe along the top of the garden.  I have grasses intermingled with them and it is beginning to look good

I bought this Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’ at RHS Tatton Flower Show last month and I am really pleased with it.  I love the contrast between the bright yellow flower and the red stems and purple red foliage.

I bought this Coreopsis to fill a gap at the front of the border.  It is a beautiful plant and very popular with the bee population.  I need to check on how hardy it might be and whether I need to protect it over the winter

My Anglica giga is looking stunning.  I am annoyed that I didn’t remember to sow seed for next year’s plants back in the spring so I have made a note in the now trustee garden notebook to remember to sow them next spring.

More daisy flowers, this time a Rudbeckia.  I don’t remember planting this but I have two of these plants and they are quite impressive growing over 5ft tall but I will have to move them as they are both in the wrong place.  The one above is right in front of my Lobelia Tupa clump which is not a great combination.

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights is going strong.  This one won’t be moving to the Daisy/Slope border as it is a stiffer plant and I think it will be better as late summer interest in the newly planned Cottage Garden/early summer border.  I wonder if I will have carried out all these plans this time next year!!

Just to prove that I have non daisy type flowers in my garden here is Scabiosa Burgundy Bonnets.  Another very popular insect plant.

Those are some of my August highlights.  I have had a look back at last August’s GBBD post and whilst some of the plants are the same, the photos show that the borders are much fuller this year than last.  I have been looking at the garden and thinking it looked awful but actually having looked back it isn’t as bad as I thought but I will still be carrying out my plans.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit May Dream Gardens

GBBD Sept 2009


There is still some colour in the garden most of it hot, like this Fuschia Thalia which has really come into its own in the last week.  I was about to move it into the greenhouse but am risking it outdoors abit longer.


The annnual Rudbeckias are still flowering away and seem to have a limitless supple of new buds waiting in the wings.  I take bunches of them into work to cheer up my office and they are lasting up to two weeks in water which I think is excellent.  The white flower just out of the shot is Dahlia Honka which I have written about before and which has been a real treat.


I think this is Helianthus Lemon Queen.  I know there is mixed opinion on it and that some people find it to be abit of a thug but I really like it.  I will be relocating this in the spring to a better position probably with the grasses I am planning to plant for a late summer border.


I discovered this Welsh Poppy flowering today.  It must have been confused by the warm weather we have had recently but I thought it looked rather sweet nestled between the Japanese Painted Fern and a grass.


Whilst the flowers add colour and a certain dynamism to the garden it is the fading perennials that really interest me at the moment.  I love the way that as the leaves fade and decay the details of the veins etc become more defined.

For more Garden Blooger Bloom Day posts visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens

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.

For more Garden Bloggers Bloom Day posts visit Carol at May Dreams