Try as we might, there is no denying that Autumn, if not here, is just around the corner, and according to the weather men, will descend in earnest from this coming Wednesday. However, to celebrate the glorious weather we have been enjoying for the last five days, more like July than September/October, here are a few images from plants in the garden. Above is Salvia 'Icing Sugar' which I bought at Gardeners' World Live and which has been flowering since June, despite the difficult conditions. It still has lots of buds, but is not hardy so I don't think it will survive over the winter. I'll just enjoy the bright cerise flowers for as long as I can.
Aster Ericoides, which has become one of my favourite asters. It is smothered in tiny lilac flowers which the bees love. There is also a scent, but I haven't yet identified it - there is a honey perfume, but something else too and I'm not sure whether it is pleasant or not!
A lovely combination of an aster with the ever reliable Helianthus Lemon Queen, which has been featured on my blog several times. I just can't resist the happy yellow flowers.
A new plant, bought yesterday at the last garden visit of the season for us. It is Spiraea 'Gold Fountain', although I'm not sure it is, because that is supposed to have white flowers. Still, whatever it is, it is very pretty and the golden/green leaves give a real splash of colour.
I couldn't leave out the roses, so here is Blush Noisette, with a self seeded verbena bonariensis (and the washing line ...oops!) Blush Noisette is a pretty rose with a lovely fragrance and I think this is the penultimate cluster of flowers, to celebrate the very last of the summer.