Autumn has finally truly arrived with some rain every day this week; but not all day so that yesterday the weather was glorious warm sunshine for at least 4 or 5 hours, time to get weeding, especially the circular rose bed which becomes very overgrown each year with Gaura growing to about 1.2 plus metres! Strangling the roses and hiding weeds.
This morning there was pleasant sunshine when I woke but by 9.30 rain was falling again; I just manages to take some photos of the Slope before the wind started making it unpleasant to be outside, who knows what it will be like this afternoon.
Suddenly the slope looks totally different, lush almost. Cathy at Words and Herbs asked today what our favourite flower was today and amazingly what came into my mind was Perovskia! How can that be you may wonder when they have been flowering for months, I think the reason is that now they are more distinctly blue (this could easily be the effect of the softer light). In summer I notice the blue haze of waving stems now the individual flowers are more apparent.
The ground is turning green, not thankfully weeds but thousands of seedlings of Californian poppy Eschscholzia californica.
Last autumn I moved clumps of Tulbaghia violacea because where they were planted in the Left hand border had become shady and they were too congested. I had hoped they would provide flowers during the lean month of August, but they needed more time to establish; now they are rewarding me with lots of pretty star shaped flowers heads.
What is different in your garden this week? Has autumn brought you glowing colours or a second spring as it does for me.