Bloomday, 15th October 2010

The days are now much cooler and mornings and evenings are cold, though not quite cold enough yet to need the heating on, but maybe this weekend we’ll light the fire to make it cosy.  The plants are appreciating some rain and the condensation that wets them in the mornings.  Rosa Molineux looks like it did for its first flowering in spring and the lemon coloured Hemerocallis is flowering to keep the rose company.

Best of all Rosa mutabilis is flowering like never before; they were planted last autumn and have now formed strong bushes that are full of flower, they have given me such a lot of pleasure all summer.

Yesterday, despite my tendinitis I planted the smaller island bed, today I will add some more bulbs.  I intend posting about the individual beds as I finish planting them.

There is still lots to enjoy in the garden and still a lot to do; this is really my window of opportunity to complete as much planting, transplanting and bulb planting as I possibly can.  There are not enough hours in the day!  The sunset comes before I’ve finished.

Sunset, yesterday.

The garden is still full of blue butterflies and many different kinds of bees are still visiting to collect nectar.

Click on photo below to see all the flowers blooming today.

blue butterfly feeding on Perovskia

Bye the way I discovered that the strange mud nest I posted about in September is made by the thread-waisted wasp, Sceliphron spirifex.   They put spiders in the mud case for the larvae to feed on.

There are lots of these wasps and many others in the garden.  Some of them are keeping the brasicas free of cabbage white caterpillers.

10 thoughts on “Bloomday, 15th October 2010

  1. Fabulous slideshow as ever Christina! Hope your tendinitis allows you to still get lots done, its so easy to feel overwhelmed at this time of year. I sometimes think the shorter days are a blessing in disguise, forcing us to take it a little slower! What is the plant with the delicate orange flowers, just before the sedum? Is it an Achillea? Seems to have feathery foliage.

    • Thank you Janet. Yes the orange flower is Achillea Terracotta. It was put in this spring as quite a small plant and has grown very well, this are the second flowers; I just planted more as they don’t need much water to floweer and flower plus I like the foliage very much.

  2. Le foto del giardino sono veramente splendide, ma devo dire soprattutto, che il soggetto è una creazione così armoniosa e piacevole che incanta. Questo giardino mi rammenta un artista che dipinge una mutevole opera d’arte. Questo è sicuramente un talento che il Signore ti ha fatto come regalo di nascita!!!! :-))))

  3. Well done – especially with your poorly writst. What I would particularly like to know is how your orto is at the moment and what you are planting/harvesting. When (if) do you plant garlic?

    • I’ll update about the vegetables today. Garlic is planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest. I’ve found that is a rule that’s easy to remember and actually works very well.

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