Our overnight temperatures dropped to 3C & 4C during the past few nights, and tonight is forecast to be a very cold 1C (33.8F). Brrr… I hope the dahlias can cope with this, it’s still September and I’d like to have them flowering in the garden for a few more weeks yet. I checked on D. ‘Chat Noir’ on Thursday evening when I went out to close up the greenhouse and I was so excited to see it covered in masses of buds – some ready to open. Just imagine what a display that would be if they were to open together…I can dream, can’t I?
This week, we have been treated to loads of gloriously sunny days and, in sheltered spots, it’s been warm too. I paid the nursery another visit (more below), sowed some Ammi visnaga seeds, and husband and I have been busy digging holes for plunge pots in the border revamp. More about that another time.
The garden is home to a number of heucheras plus one heucherella. At this time of the year, some will begin to look a tiny bit tired, but my much loved H. ‘Marmalade’ is currently looking absolutely fabulous. I never tire of gazing at the lovely range of colours on this plant, though in time it will succumb to the weather that the next few months will most likely throw at it. I would like to have this in a pot as well as in the ground, but I don’t want to divide it as it still has a bit of growing to do. Instead, I might get a new plant and put this one in a pot – just on its own.
What colour of pot would you choose for H. ‘Marmalade’ – terracotta, cream, black perhaps…? All ideas welcome!
Wisteria sinensis ‘Prematura’ Tree
The standard Wisteria is blooming for a second time this year, and the perfume is heavenly. It doesn’t have long flowers only little purple floral balls. I don’t mind that they’re not long racemes – I’m perfectly happy to have these surprise flowers in late September alongside a few fat buds so that I can enjoy the fabulous, overwhelming fragrance. I’ve had this tree for around 4 years and this is the first time it’s given me a second flush of flowers.
Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’ and Forget-me-nots.
The forget-me-nots have grown where the seeds have fallen, and the three small heucheras were planted about six, maybe seven or eight weeks ago. I’ve lost track of time this year. The forget-me-nots will overwhelm the small heucheras, so I’ll transfer some of them to a different border.
The underside of the pretty heuchera leaves are deep burgundy, and the tops, as with all heucheras, vary in colour, with the older leaves taking on a green-grey tone while the younger leaves have a distinct magenta touch. I expect this will change in summer and as the plants mature – whatever way they go, they’re very attractive edge of border plants.
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ is partially shown in the background.
Rosa Valentine Heart
The roses are loving this good spell of weather, and although their leaves are starting to look messy, buds are opening to some lovely blooms.
It’s not only the roses and the wisteria that are enjoying the sunshine, this astrantia has also produced a great second flush of flowers. The flowers look just as good as they did earlier in the year, the only tell-tale sign of autumn is the yellow in the leaves.
Nursery Visit No. 2
I left the house yesterday just after 9am and around 30 minutes later I was at the nursery. It was a lovely countryside drive, on a beautiful calm, sunny morning with hardly any traffic on the road. I got home just after 12 noon, with a little haul that will fill a few gaps at various times next year.
Here’s what I brought home:
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’
Aquilegia ‘Ruby Port’
Helleborus ‘Double Ellen Red’ and ‘Double Ellen Pink’
Fuchsia ‘Alice Hoffman’
Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
Salvia × sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ x 2
Astrantia – which should have been ‘Venice’, but I took home ‘Sunningdale Variegated’. I hunted through the stock to find one with some nice fresh growth and probably picked the only wrong plant in the section – I should learn to check labels – I’ve made the same mistake in the past.
Almost forgot – one Heritage Pot Mint Green 41cm. Also in the September sale. 😊
It looks as though we’re going to have a sunny day here today with a maximum temperature of 13C (55.4F), and a cold northerly wind. It’s time for me to don multiple cosy layers before setting foot in the garden. Have a happy gardening weekend everyone, take care and stay safe.
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