Ellen, Francis and next to arrive Gerda: I write this blog for you. Ellen and Francis have deluged the garden with rain, blown down my neighbour’s fence panel – again, flattened the ageing sweet pea wigwam and pushed everything else this way and that. It feels more like November rather than the last days of summer. When will Gerda arrive? Let’s hope there’s a break for a while as this week’s brief respites have not coincided with my gardening time. I need to do some end of summer sorting out. Here’s six from a battered garden.
Low growing enough to be safe from the winds, these black and white dianthus grew from seed sent by Fred in France. They are only now beginning to flower in some profusion so I hope there are a few more warm days to come to keep them going. Thanks Fred.
I am not a great grower of dahlias but I do have one or two. This one was a rogue in a batch of other dahlias that have since been passed on to a better home. I kept this one because it is simpler and smaller. The dinner plate dahlias are not for me.
I cannot quite remember which variety of cosmos this is, it could be ‘Sensation Mixed’. It’s just come into flower and has been trampled by the fallen sweet pea wigwam. There is some sorting out to be done but I think the cosmos can be salvaged.
The coneflowers have twirled themselves around in the wind, just about remaining standing. They deserve a sunnier spot and I hope to oblige in this autumn’s re-think.
Now as you know gardeners are not known for complaining: the weather is always reliable, everything grows well, pest damage is limited and all is generally well in the world but occasionally things don’t deliver and the odd sigh can be heard among the shrubberies. So it is with the autumn raspberries, Lovely to see them fruiting but the volume looks to be well down on last year. Mustn’t grumble though, it’s good to have them.
My main lavender plant finished flowering some weeks ago, but in a different corner this one keeps on going. A little bit of summer remains.
There’s a rather beautiful dahlia in the Prop’s six for the week. Am I tempted? Somewhat! I hope you find time to take a look. All the links to other sixes are posted there throughout the day. I’m hoping for calmer weather and then a few jobs can be done. The alchemilla mollis is going over and I have some green manure seeds to be sown.