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?
Below:
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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13 comments:

  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!

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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)?

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  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

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  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.

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