Early autumn

I finally got all my spring bulbs planted last week. It’s a job I always put off, but in actual fact it never takes as long as I think it will! It has been very dry for the last few weeks, which doesn’t make planting in my well-drained stony soil any easier. On the other hand the weather was perfect and tempted me to be outdoors as much as possible.

It is still too early to start the autumn jobs, as I can’t bear to disturb the things that are still flowering.

The autumn asters (Aster novae-angliae alma poetschke) are fabulous,

and my grasses have done well this year too. Here are a few of them:

Sporobolis heterolepis – Prairie dropseed  (Tautropfengras)

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ – Dwarf Maiden Grass  (Zwerg-Chinaschilf)

Pennisetum alopecuroides – Foxtail fountain grass  (Lampenputzergras)

The blue geranium behind the grass here is Geranium Hybrid ‘Rozanne’ ®  – Cranesbill  (Storchschnabel)  and is amazing! It lights up that part of the rockery even in the autumn and when it is in the shade… It also trails and climbs. I’m in love with it!