This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 14 September 2012

Mid September Blooms

It's nearing mid-September; the weather is cooler and leaves are beginning to fall. We're  a week away from the official start of Autumn and already there's a noticeable difference with less daylight. However, there's still a fair bit of colour in the garden and the veg is still producing. Here's a little overview of what's in flower.

Left: Hydrangea shrub.
Above: Sedum Autumn Joy, seen through a Carex bronze coloured grass. These plants need divided and will split in the middle, therefore I've put a stick in to try to provide some support. Below: Canterbury Bells (Hardy Biennial) - I'm still deadheading and it's still producing.
Above: Nigella 'Persian Jewels Mixed' (Love in a mist), (Hardy Annual), pictured with Curly Scarlet Kale. Grown from seed, this is one of the tiniest flowers I've ever seen. To take this photo I am very close up to this flower. Has anyone else had success growing this plant? I hope it survives the Winter and grows bigger, or maybe it will self seed?
Scarlett Emperor bean is nice in flower - and I'm getting a bean harvest!
Above: Nasturtium 'Dwarf Alaska Mixed Colours' - a lovely plant and easy to grow from seed.
Below: Tom Thumb fuschia - dies down in Winter and comes up every Spring.
Above: Phlox.
Below: Crocosmia.
Above: Crocosmia Lucifer (red one) and an orange coloured  crocosmia.
Below: Crocosmia and Sedum are so easy to divide I've ended up with some in most areas of the garden.

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  1. I grew love in a mist once, but my soil was horrible, and it did not survive the winter. Yours looks very healthy and beautiful. They are so unique. I have never tried Tom Thumb Fuschia, but would love to, as Fuschia is one of my favorites. Did you start it from seed? I will have to look at my seed mags.
    ...and always, such a beautiful garden. Just lovely!

    1. I'm not too sure about growing it from seed. I bought it at a garden club plant sale for very little quite a number of years ago.

  2. Hydrangea is my favorite of all flowering plants - I simply love the way they change color and stay abloom all through the summer.

  3. You've still got such a lot in flower. A lovely coloured nasturtium, makes a change from all the orange varieties.

  4. Your blooms are so pretty! The phlox may be even prettier than they were when I was there a few weeks ago!

  5. How reminds me of some of the things I saw in Helen Dillon's garden.

  6. That crocosmia is wonderful. I usually only see close up shots of this plant, but I love the wide shot. I may have to see if I can add some of these to my garden. But my very favorite has to be the nasturtium. Not so much the flower, but that variegated foliage! Striking!

  7. Fantastic range of flowers still blooming, although like us you are probably having a much better autumn than summer. I did notice lots of hydrangias this year in gardens and parks.I love the deep blue and purple colours.

  8. I am for the first time on your blog and made a walk round your garden which is really beautiful and the surroundings are gorgeous.
    I have sown the Canterbury Bells this summer, so I hope for a nice display next year. If you don't mind I'm your new follower.

  9. Bravo for the bean harvest! Perhaps with your eye for colour you should try one of the bi-colour Runner Beans next year (e.g. Painted Lady)?

  10. I agree with Jo that you still have so much in flower - my garden is past its sell-by date now. Love the foliage with the Nasturtium gorgeous

  11. Seeing the spent bloom on your Canterbury Bells has reminded me that I used to dead-head them when I grew them many years ago. I'd forgotten about that. Really must grow some again.