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.

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 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.

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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!)

Caryopteris

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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.

Rudbeckia

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

Sedum

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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!)

Zinnia

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“Fall is the spring of winter”

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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 Have a good week everyone! 🙂