It’s the last weekend in August and the garden is already starting to take on an autumnal appearance. Tree leaves have started to turn yellow and even red, thanks in part to how dry July and August have been but also in response to shortening days and cooler nights. Some perennials are looked quite bedraggled while others – asters in particular – are starting to shine and still others are pushing out unexpected late season blooms. Coreopsis comes to mind. What also comes to mind are all the gardening chores that need to be done – suitable gardening days in September and October are hard to predict given autumn weather patters. It helps to have a list, and it’s immensely satisfying to cross off item after item. Lift and divide bearded Iris – check. Lift and divide the humongous Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ that’s encroaching on the patio – check. Plant spring bulbs – check. The list goes on….
But now, it’s time for Six on Saturday, a weekly gardening round up hosted by The Propagator. Check out his site to see six things in gardens around the world.
First up is this lovely grass. It’s likely an annual and I’m sure its name has the word ‘red’ in it somewhere; it popped up in a few spots and I’m loath to pull or cut it.
One of the things re-blooming right now is my Tamarisk – it’s a tall (almost three metres now) shrubby thing with feathery foliage and tiny pink flowers along the ends of branches, usually in early summer. It’s covered in flowers again and, unlike the first time it bloomed, it’s now covered in pollinators looking to shore up their reserves before winter.
My garlic chives seem to be a bit late this year – how about everyone else’s? It’s another great late season pollen producer. I scatter seeds here and there to provide white accents.
Another unknown visitor to my garden (I seem to have quite a few this year, eh?) is this delightful red flower. Although the plant seems quite large (about 18 inches, 45 cm tall), with many branches, it flowers just a few at a time – just a few cm across, opening with the sun and ending at dusk.
The Hyacinth Bean Vine with the FABulous Latin name – Lablab purpureus – has finally started to bloom! It’s grown much taller than I expected, waving high over the pea tutoir I started it against and now successfully encroached on an adjoining tomato trellis. The flowers are an incredible assemblage of violet/purple shades – almost impossible to describe. They’ve been covered in bees, morning ’til dusk; it’s a pity the beans they’ll produce are, basically, inedible.
Finally, I thought I’d have some fun with Photoshop: two similar Zinnias, one resulting triptych. I hope everyone can enjoy this lovely last August weekend – stay safe!