The season is clearly changing but the garden seems to be in a state of confusion. Here are six things from my garden this week.
Natasha Richardson rose, one of the English roses that just keep on flowering. Lovely pink flowers and new buds still appearing. It could be summer!
Penstemon ‘Plum Jerkum’. This suffered in the scorching sun of summer but it is happily putting out new flowers now. It was a great companion to the Tithonia, which truly does know summer is over and is slowly curling up at the edges.
There are one or two last flowers on the rudbeckia but most have gone to seed. I will leave them standing through the winter to give some shape to the border.
The agastache ‘Black Adder’ is also in its winter clothing. This was an absolute winner this year. Great colour and always thrumming with the sound of bees.
Elsewhere in the garden there are signs of Spring. The primroses are out and offering a reminder that the slugs and snails are still active.
At the very back of the garden in a shady sheltered corner the hellebores are putting out new flowers. I am sure these didn’t appear last year until January. This one is Pretty Ellen.
I’ve got bulb planting to do this weekend. The start I made last weekend resulted in only 18 bulbs being planted. As usual I was distracted. The dahlias needed cutting back, zinnias were pulled up and some of the foxglove seedlings were planted out. This weekend I will be trying to put a few tulips in the border without crashing in on those that are already there. Could be interesting. Wishing you all well with your gardening pleasures. If you want to see what everyone else is up visit The Propagator for all the latest links to other Six On Saturday posts.