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! 🙂




30 thoughts on “Tuesday View (2nd September)

    • The Caryopteris is a wonderful bee and butterfly magnet late in the season. It’s in a prime position so I can keep my eye on it over the winter! 🙂

  1. I see the first signs of fall in your garden. Maybe it’s the rain, but it looks a little tossed about and not as fresh a s last week. I need to keep my eyes open for that rudbeckia! I love that color in such a nice little daisy 🙂

    • You should have seen it on Monday morning! The rain really flattened a lot and spoilt the open roses, and many plants are now visibly collapsing after their good soaking as they are running out of steam it seems.

  2. I love your Caryopteris, have you noticed that it has a lovely spicey smell?
    Your Zinnia is pretty, I have never grown them and I can’ t think why, I certainly will next year.

    • Hi Chloris. No, I must go and sniff when the sun comes out later! Thanks for the tip! This was the first year I grew zinnias. I was hoping they would attract extra insects, but they haven’t even been given a second glance! I’m not sure I’ll grow them again… I’ll have to see how much space I have when sowing next spring. Definitely want more cosmos though!

  3. Your slope is still looking really good, I grew a Caryopteris once but lost it the following winter. Mind you it was probably our winter wet that killed it unfortunately.

    • Thanks Pauline. I am more worried about long periods of very hard permafrost, which we had a few years ago and it finished off many people’s laurel hedges! I hope I am now wiser and can get it through a hard winter too.

  4. How sunny has your summer been? We were in France and it was quite wet and not hot at all. Probably the coolest August I’ve experienced in Europe, actually. Good for some flowers but not sure how good for summer crops. How did you fare? Wishing you a happy autumn!

    • Hi Lori. Until early August it was pretty hot! Although we had lots of showers in June and July it didn’t really rain enough to do the garden any good. The last few weeks have been unseasonally cool and wet, but I haven’t grown any veg this summer so can only say it was perfect for the basil and herbs! 😉 Happy autumn to you too!

    • Thanks Anna. I hope it will get through a few seasons at least for me, as I love the idea of providing plants for the bees late in the year. And the flowers are lovely too!

  5. I planted three Caryopteris last fall but only one survived the winter. They are only marginally hardy here as well. The lone survivor is blooming now and I think the risk is worth it.

  6. All looking lovely in your garden, Cathy. I like the Rudbeckia best. ‘Fall is the Spring of Winter’ I have not heard that before and really like its sentiment, and then was wondering if an American translated the French phrase as a Brit would have used the word Autumn. 🙂 D.

    • An interesting thought… and the French and British English words being so similar too! The Rudbeckia is really growing on me too – first time I’ve grown one!

    • Thanks Paula! The bees were buzzing around the Caryopteris today as the flowers are opening more. I’ve got plenty of compost to put over it before winter arrives, and some leaves and twigs will help too. Just hope we have another mild (and short) winter!

    • Hi Janet. The Caryopteris will be cosseted – hope I don’t kill it with too much TLC! 😉 There is still lots of colour in the trees here, but I went into the woods yesterday and was shocked at how many leaves have fallen already, and the undergrowth has died down completely…

  7. I love the colors in your garden, even as you move into fall. Sometimes I forget that a fall garden can be just as exciting as spring, only different. 🙂 Your sedums are particularly gorgeous! And I love the Toulous-Lautrec quote! I will remember that one. 🙂

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