The warm September and early October weather has been appreciated, by me and by the plants, especially the roses. They’re not all looking good, some have succumbed to the advancing season and others to the effects of black spot, which has been awful this year. There are a few that are looking great, and although they’ve been shown on the blog in the past, I can’t let the season pass without allowing them another weekend in the limelight.
The warmer weather also brought back the aphids and I’ve been trying to squish as many as possible when I see them, but it’s turning cold now, and hopefully, that will finish them off because my gardening gloves have been getting into a terrible mess. Yuck.
So without any further ado, here’s my selection for this weekend.
There are four Bonicas in the garden, and they’ve all been very generous with their large clusters of beautiful flowers throughout the summer. The clusters of buds are becoming fewer now, but they still have much to give and I think they’ll be putting on a good display for a few weeks yet.
Rosa ‘Princess Anne’
This rose is another that caught my eye this week. Gorgeous Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ is still in a pot, but I’ll have to move her to a border early next year as she’s getting quite tall. Her current location is in one of the more sheltered, sunny spots in the garden and I’m fairly sure that helps to account for the number of flowers and buds she is carrying.
Heuchera ‘Peach Flambe’
I planted three Heuchera ‘Peach Flambe’ earlier in the year, one in a border and two into pots. They’re all looking good at the moment and the colours are perfect for autumn. It’s easy to see why it was named ‘Peach Flambe’ as some of the leaves have very lovely peachy tones. The plants are all quite young, but by next year they should be thickening up and spreading a little.
This little unnamed variety has grown and flowered well this year. I much prefer taller varieties of dahlias, but the patio sized plants have their place in a garden too. The flowers have fine magenta veining in the petals giving them the appearance of a soft pink flush.
Dahlia ‘Daisy Duke’ revisited
Daisy was lifted from the ground when we started stripping out the border that she was planted in. She was firmly tied up to prevent her stems from being snapped while she sat at the side of the greenhouse. She’s now been released from her bonds and in planted a 20-litre plunge pot in the border but in a different spot. Once the tops of the plants have been frosted, the dahlia and pot will be lifted out of the soil, then at some point in November, tulip bulbs will be planted into the pot and slipped (hope it’s that easy!) into the vacant hole. For the moment, she’s settled into her new place in the border and despite being tied tightly for weeks, she’s looking pretty good.
Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’
Today I have a fence to paint, or to be more accurate – I will be helping to paint a fence! We’ve had a lot of heavy downpours during the past few days so I’m hoping that the wood will be dry enough to allow us to paint. Whatever you are planning to do, have fun, take care and stay safe.
ABOUT SIX ON SATURDAY
To join with other garden enthusiasts from around the world, and see how they garden, 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