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

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Late Summer brings Fab Flowers

The flower beds are looking very cheerful this time of year with their late summer colour...

Grown from seed a few years ago, I have three lavender plants (bottom left in photo), two of which are still flowering strong (one has been cut back). They were slow to grow from seed (cuttings would probably be the quicker way to grow). They're one of most pleasantly scented plants I can think of, and the bees love them.

The yellow flowering Rudbeckia Goldsturm was purchased at a plant clearance sale and improves with age each year.

This white agapanthus is in its 2nd year. Last year I had two large flower heads, and this year there is only one - every year is different in the garden!!!

Hydrangea 'Magical Moonlight' is planted in a mixed cottage-style herbaceous border and seems to improve each year. The blooms aren't quite as big as their capability so my challenge each year is to get these long white hydrangea heads bigger and better! 

Echinacea Purpurea / Coneflower is still the plant of the week (if not the plant of late Summer). Its flowers look fantastic and they seem to keep coming.
 What are your favourite flowers this time of year?

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  1. I find it really difficult to pick out favourite flowers one minute I would say one thing and the next minute something quite different I am on the lookout for some good read perennials that flower in late summer to add to my red and yellow border any suggestions?

  2. Your flowers are as lovely as your vegetables. All my favorites here, too.

  3. Beautiful flowers, especially your coneflowers

  4. That blue, white and yellow is a lovely colour combination. I divided my Ridbeckia Goldsturm plant last Autumn and made three more plants, but none of them have done very well, nor has the parent plant. I suppose it has just been "a bad year" for Rudbeckia in my garden! You don't seem to have had this problem.

  5. Ahh they are lovely photographs. I'm really enjoying my dahlias at the moment x

  6. Everything looks gorgeous! I'm enjoying whatever is blooming right now. :o)

  7. I find it hard to chose a favourite but I guess this year it must be the sweet peas which are now coming into their own, even though they are so late.

  8. I'm starting to see the beauty of your cool climate. You know why? Here the summer heat has taken its toll, and my flowers look faded, burned, and dried out. Yours are still fresh and lovely!