Last summer flowers are just holding on as Autumn takes hold. I was well chuffed that this year saw my first success growing sweet peas from seed! Although this wasn’t the colour on the packet it has looked great mixed with white borage which is also still in flower.
Deep purples flowers look particularly good in Autumn don’t you think? This clematis, Fleuri, was a new one to my garden this year that only grows to approx 1 metre (3 – 4ft) – so great for seeing the flowers then? Well, perhaps not if you don’t remove the dead ones! I was a bit lax on this and didn’t see as many flowers this year – note to self for next year.
Considering some winter colour this year I bought some viola plug plants that I brought on in my small greenhouse. They are now quite happy out in a border and I look forward to seeing this smiling Babyface Ruby & Gold all winter.
Autumn is a season for more than just the last pretty flowers don’t you think? Grasses and more unusual flowers like the spiky flowers of the Sea holly and the spires of the Gunnera flowers begin to steal the show.
If you are worried about how to protect your Gunnera for winter you can see what I do here. Gosh I’m almost a week away from this! I’ll keep an eye on the weather now but it doesn’t feel quite cold enough to tuck it up for winter yet.
Fungi too I have noticed more at this time of year when on walks. I have taken some photos recently but gosh the plain duller ones are not half tricky to ID even with photographic reference books! There are so many. I would suggest that you photograph the stem too as that will help an ID greatly.
Walking away from the border after taking my Gunnera pic above I spotted these growing on a mossy log. It looks like something has been eating them! If anyone would like to help me out with an ID on this one (common one I expect) and to what has been eating it that would be great.
Berries are also adding colour to the garden at this time too although I don’t expect these cotoneaster ones shown below will be there in a week or so – the blackbirds are starting to eat a few! That I am more than happy about – I planted this tree near the bird feeders especially for them!
Brown teasel seed heads can be seen just behind the berries. I must cut a few heads and put them in a paper bag to collect this seed for next year. However this too was planted for the birds – the goldfinches. I am really looking forward to seeing if they will feed on them after reading that they should do. That will be fascinating to see.
Very surprising to see is the flowers that are trying to flower out of season! I say ‘trying to’ as I wonder if a frost will quite literally nip them in the bud. Seen below is one of the many blossom racemes of a Pieris (I have two plants like this) and the Choisya Aztec Pearl with a few wonderfully scented flowers about to open. Even more strange is that this Choisya is less hardy than the Ternata variety I have.
Japanese Anemones have always been a great source of flowers at this time of year but they have flowered earlier than usual. I am wondering if they may even be missing in my next GBBD line up. Ah… but don’t go yet as I’ve a few more yet to show you for this month.
There was a video here showing how a hedgehog kept me from getting this posting sorted last night. I found myself watching the night camera (after midnight) for it to appear again! Unfortunately, when I revisited this post to add the update text on hedgehog feeding below, I discovered this video missing due to it using flash. I am unable to restore it.
I built the pile of a few logs, twigs and leaves, shown in the video, below the feeder after seeing this at a nature reserve – robins etc would search around it for food. It was fun to watch this hedgehog searching there where it was quite safe – however bonfires are indeed another matter! Enough said I think.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
Finally, there are still a few more flowers in my garden that got lost on the cutting room floor – Blue borage, Thyme, Red Campion, Heuchera, Stachys – yep I think that could be it now!
If you would like to see more current flowers from gardens all around the world pop over to May Dreams Gardens where Carol and many others will be posting on the 15th. I do enjoy joining in with these monthly postings and it’s a great way to compare the garden from year to year too. Enjoy your garden flowers!
Perhaps I should say that I have posted a day early this month (instead of a few days late) as I will be posting for Blog Action Day on the 15th. This is the second year of this annual event. The organisers hope that ‘thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue’. This year the topic is Poverty. Bloggers are being asked ‘to try to keep their posting related to their regular blog topic so that posts are individual, suited to their audience and look at the issue in many different lights’. I better get my thinking hat on now!
The photos above were taken on October 13th 2008.