Incredibly it is the end of September already. Where do the months go? It’s the time to join Helen the Patient Gardener for the EMV.
My Hesperides Garden is almost back to normal; there is colour again, there is GREEN again. September has been the coolest I can remember since we moved to Italy in 2003; after such an unbearably hot summer it has been such a welcome relief. There has been rain, we need more but the plants have appreciated what has fallen and have shown their gratitude by bursting into new growth and in some cases into flower.
Colours are different in autumn light, sunrise and sunsets are beautiful and on the duller days subtle colours that would have appeared faded in strong summer light have looked bright.
There is perfume in the garden again too; the subtle fragrance of Rosa mutabilis is the first thing I notice when I step out of the door.
Rosa mutabilis is so generous, apart from the hottest months in flowers most of the year. When there weather is cooler there are more apricot coloured blooms, staying that colour longer than when it is very got so providing more variations of colour at any one time. The two links above are to different posts.
More powerful is the intoxicating accents of Elaeagnus x ebbingei coming from insignificant but exquisitely scented flowers. I’m told the fruits eventually produced in April are edible, delicious even, if I remember I’ll try them next year and report back.
Lots of the flowers are blue; Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’, Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’ and Perovskia are all clear pure blues.
Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’, loved by the bees
There are also lots of pinks, they almost seem out of place at this time of year.
Tubaglia, these were divided in spring so didn’t flower much this year but are putting on a welcome show now.
Hibiscus have put on a long show this year, I bought another pure white from a plant fair, they are valuable plants in the garden, coping with drought and flowering later in summer and into autumn
Asters are beginning to put on a show.
You can hardly see the foliage on this Aster.
But more about them another day.
I have been busily taking cutting of plants I want more of in the garden, especially those that are drought tolerant.
My bulb order arrived this week and I have begun planting; it takes a while as I need to tidy and clear the spaces first. I am finding that the spread sheet I created when I made my order with the positions of each bulb listed is making planting more efficient.
Another scented plant that is a joy when I walk into the garden in the morning or evening is the Datura; its perfume is so alluring to the bees that often they can’t wait for the flower to open (just as it’s getting dark) and they bore a hole to reach the nectar.
Thanks Helen for hosting this meme, even if it is a reminder of how quickly the year is passing!