It's the middle of September already - where has this year gone? We have been lucky so far as the weather has been kind to us at the moment and long may that continue. The plants are enjoying the weather, although they are starting to change with the season. Above is Hydrangea 'Magical Revolution' which I am still not sure about. The petals are starting to take on a red tinge which I like, so I'll wait to see what else changes.
Rosa Molineux is rewarding me with more beautiful flowers.
Clematis 'Perle D'Azur' is also flowering again, in rather a tangle, it has to be said. I am waiting for a new trellis arch for it to scramble up.
Asters are flowering too and the novae-angliae varieties are my favourite. I think this may be September Ruby.
Another pretty aster.
Good old stalwart Helianthus Lemon Queen.
Another aster, this time it is Little Carlow. It has been fabulous this year and is usually full of insects too.
I am definitely starting to embrace orange in the garden as well. This is a recent purchase called Crocosmia Emily MacKenzie and it offers a vibrant antidote to all the delicate pastel shades.
After a lot of consideration, the award for star plant of the month has to go to Cosmos Sonata (these are supposed to be a dwarf variety). I grew them from seed, popped five plants into a terracotta pot and waited. Lots of frothy foliage, but the flowers took their time. Now that they are here, all is forgiven! I have grown them for the last three years and just love them. I think they will always be a part of any garden I have.