Autumn is fast approaching, though at the moment we’re currently having a lovely warm spell of weather – so this week’s six is a tiny taster of the colours that we should be starting to see in a few weeks time. There’s reds, oranges, yellows, golds, and hints of purple. If autumn is this colourful then I’ll be smiling.
Temperatures from Wednesday on have been in the mid-twenties (my daughters who live in warmer lands tell me that’s cold) but for us, it’s about as high as we like it. My memories of 35-40C temperatures on visits to my girls are deeply etched into my memory. For all of you in the south who’ve been struggling with temperatures in the thirties this week, you have my sympathies.
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara’
I absolutely love the fabulous textural qualities and the colours of these flowers, strong but soft. They’re currently adding a much-needed splash of colour to the garden at a time when other plants are starting to fade. They were grown from seed, and have been flowering for a couple of weeks or more – I’m desperately hoping they continue to flower into autumn.
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
Moerheim Beauty has been awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society and it’s easy to see why. The only fault with this plant is where I’ve placed it in the border. It’s at the front and is too tall for that position. Our very knowledgeable Six on Saturday host, Mr Propagator says “If you divide it in the spring to the smallest plantlets you’ll get 15-20 plants out of that one”. I’m not sure where I’d put that many plants, but if successful, I can gift some away, so I will give it a try.
Dahlia Art Deco
This is a gorgeous short Dahlia, that grows just (40-50cm) 16-20” in height. It’s new in the garden this year and growing in a pot in a sunny spot. It’s much shorter than the stated 40cm but I hope that next year it will grow a little bit taller.
Overall, the dahlias aren’t performing as well as they did last year, in fact, many of the plants are in this position. I’m blaming the cold, wet and June and July that we had here, and the general lack of light. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but the plants have had the same or more care this year than they did in 2019. But there’s time yet for them to put on a good performance.
If you want a little bit of razzamatazz in your border – Art Deco won’t disappoint.
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Marmalade’
Grown from seed, this rudbeckia is a rich golden yellow and a bright, cheerful flower that I haven’t grown in the past. I wonder why it took me all this time to find it…
This is a dahlia without a name, given to me a couple of years ago by one of my sisters. She did tell me the name of it, but I didn’t write it down and now neither of us can quite remember it. It’s a lovely dahlia, with large dinner plate size flowers that bloom reliably every year.
Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’
I bought six Geum plug plants earlier in the year and they arrived at the end of a bank holiday weekend having spent about 5 days in the mail. They were quite sad little specimens, and I doubted that they would survive, but nature took control and soon the plants were thriving. So far, only the two Lady Stratheden plants have flowered, and although they are few, I’m pretty sure that there’s going to be plenty of them next year. The other four are all healthy and flowers should make an appearance next spring.
That’s my contribution for this sunny August Saturday. Wherever you are in the world, enjoy your garden this weekend, and don’t forget to check out everyone else’s Six on Saturday! Follow the link below and stay safe.
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To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world, just take six photographs and post them to Twitter and/or your blog each Saturday. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up.
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated