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, 1 October 2015

Late Summer Flowers Still Going Strong

We've had some glorious late summer sunshine, and the flowers are still going strong. Of course, things will change once the frost hits. In the meantime, the flower beds are looking fab and its been great getting outdoors in a t-shirt this week with jobs like deadheading, clearing leaves, harvesting veg and planning for the next season - I've started dividing perennials and moving a few plants.
Phormium 'Jester' looks fab with its bright red arching leaves. It's an evergreen shrub that gets up to 3 feet tall. It has looked well this year planted with begonia for Summer colour, and Sedum Autumn Joy for late complimentary colour.

A flower collage shows many plants still in flower, ranging from Sedum Autumn Joy to Cosmos, Echinacea, Dianthus, Shasta Daisies, to bedding plants. Of course, roses are great as they flower most of the year.

Bedding plants like Nemesia and trailing Verbena have made a great show all summer long.

I'll miss having all these plants around, however, by the end of October they're likely to be well on their way to dying down for the Winter.

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  1. Late September has given us some really beautiful weather, so the plants are understandably reluctant to die down. It makes up for the poor Summer in some small measure!

  2. Really pretty fall color. Ours here is all but gone. We ended the summer with temps in the 90s, very hot, but not unusual for September. Now it is cooling with rain on the way, we hope. Your flowers will be back next year; that must give some comfort as you say good bye to them soon.

  3. My goodness, that first photo is just a riot of color! I absolutely love the wild jumble of flowers together. So much color yet in your garden.

  4. How gorgeous! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

  5. The flowers really glow in the sunshine at this time of year don't they?