I arrived home too late to join in Bloomday last month. Although there had been major rainfall the temperatures were relatively high and the garden still had that faded summer look. October has brought with it more rain in significant quantities and now the temperatures are lower especially at night. At last the garden looks FRESH, with many of the roses re-flowering so I’m happy to be joining in this month.
The Small Island is the bed that is looking better than I’ve ever seen it at this time of year. This is one of the beds that receives no irrigation at all (I did give the tree a little water with the hose in August as it was very hot (another month that has beaten records for the extremely high temperature). Last autumn I added more Sedum (taken from cuttings earlier in the year) and I encouraged Achillea seedlings from the plants that had died in the 2012 drought, Stipa gigantia made its presence felt from Late June, last year it lost its wonderfully wafting seed stems but this year has retained them all, luckily I found some seedlings growing around the parent plant that have now been planted strategically around the garden, I added a couple to the slope.
A couple of Hemerocallis have new blooms which make it feel more like spring than autumn; but the sedum and Miscanthus tell me that isn’t true and that I should enjoy the sunny days when they happen as soon the walnuts trees will lose their leaves making the view from the kitchen window seem wintery when I look at the bare branches.
Salvia Indigo Spires is another plant that benefited from the rains in July, it has never looked better and this afternoon was covered in bees and other pollinators and several different butterflies were vying for the nectar.
Salvia Indigo Spires is another plant that benefited from the rains in July, it has never looked better and this afternoon was covered in bees and other pollinators and several different butterflies were vying for the nectar. Actually all the Salvias are looking happy this year and have flowered for a much longer period than past years; salvias don’t thrive in very long hot summers although you’d be forgiven for thinking that those are the conditions they desire; in my experience even the humble culinary sage needs water throughout the summer to perform well and these other varieties are no different.
Click on the image below to see a slideshow of the blooms making My Hesperides Garden look colourful today
An un-looked for pleasure has been the number of bees and butterflies visiting the garden; in summer I felt their numbers were lower than in other years but this October I have seen butterflies than I’ve never seen at all before, although I thinks the number of small blues is lower than previous Octobers.
Asters are performing quite well; I say ‘quite’ because their stems are very ugly which really detracts from their pretty daisy shaped flowers, a particular favourite, partly because the stems are green and healthy, is A. Monte Cassino, masses of small flowers shine in the sunshine.
If you’re interested to see more of what is flowering in gardens around the world do visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, there’s always so much to read and enjoy I usually visit a few times during the week.