Tuesday View (2nd September)

The last Saturday in August was a glorious late summer’s day, but on Sunday heavy rain and much cooler temperatures suddenly made autumn very real.


 There are many contradictions this year: some colours are fading, others are just coming to their peak; the asters are only just about to open at last, while the Linaria is flowering again; the roses are still forming new buds, but the Centranthus is beginning to collapse much earlier than usual.


In July I planted this lovely Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blauer Spatz’ (translated as ‘blue sparrow’) – I actually wanted a hardy Fuchsia but the nursery assured me there are no reliably hardy fuchsias for this region and instead offered me this… I had to laugh, as the Caryopteris is also not a truly hardy plant. I have lost two before, but love it so much – third time lucky? I planted it deep and will cover it with a thick mulch and fir twigs over winter. (And keep my fingers crossed!)



Another new plant for me this year was Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’. One plant was devoured by the snails when small, but this one survived. I love the strong orange in front of some fading grasses.



Sedums – the old favourites – are also making a statement now, and the bees are happy…



Determined to try growing Zinnias this year, I found them a bit of a disappointment at first, but this pinky red one is now looking rather nice. (And some white, orange and deep yellow ones that were planted up with the orange cosmos – a pretty combination – also turned out well after a long wait!)



“Fall is the spring of winter”

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

 Have a good week everyone! 🙂