Surprisingly, even way up north in Aberdeen the garden still holds on to a Summer look at the very end of September, and with an improvement in the weather, lets hope for an Indian Summer.
It makes me smile when I think of how often I hear people in this part of the world say–I wonder if we are going to have an Indian Summer— Well this is the honest to God truth, the only time I can recall such an occurrence was back in 1959 when I was 14yrs old. October of that year had warm sunny days when the kids were still swimming in the river. However back to the present and heading into October its quite clear that the garden is not all about flowers. Oh! here is some interesting information on the Indian Summer
The Filipendula Rubra with its bright pink candy floss flowers in July may well look magnificent. However after the blooms go over this is how it looks for weeks to come, foliage continues to look fresh and the copper coloured seed heads are equally garden worthy.
I have noticed that some of the Thalictrums look messy very quickly in our garden when flowering is over. Not the Aquilegiifolium album. When the white flowers go over the seedheads at first have a purple hue and then turn a pale rusty brown, looking great for the rest of the Autumn.
This one I have decided is my perennial of the year, Aruncus aethusifolius, what a little beauty it is and once again it looks great for months after flowering is over.
Lets not forget what the berries bring to the garden at this time of year.
Once the flowers go over the apricot berries of the Hypericum magical beauty are quite stunning and stay like this almost until the beginning of Winter when they surprise us by turning jet black.
All the Rowans in the garden are very ornamental in September and October, the Cashmeriana above is hard to beat with its marble sized white berries.
In actual fact although foliage and berries may be the star attraction there is some flowers hanging on.
The Anemones Huphensis September charm and the white Honorine Jobert are pleasantly reluctant to give up. A true favourite at this time of year is the Sedum Autumn Joy, the picture shows how she looked on September 15th, the flowers are now a deeper richer shade. I have never known the common Montbretia to flower so profusely and for such a long period.
What an amazing Clematis is Perle d azur. Later this year in coming in to flower, not surprising when you consider how cool the Summer has been. However what a show it has given, climbing and tumbling over the garden arch and still looking great on the 29th of September. This year it has my vote as best clematis of 2011.
Before too long the garden will be showing its full Autumn colours, in the meantime it is hanging on to that late Summer look
Although the Summer weather this year was disappointing, the garden showed no discontent other than our treasured and pampered kirengeshoma, which at the end of August came to grief with the gales and very low temperature.
There were days in Summers hottest months when the temperature fell to as low as 13c/55f, add a cold wind and you can imagine that it wasn’t very pleasant. Most of the time it was around 16/18c with a very occasional 20plus and rain, rain, rain. Spring however was beautiful and the end of September has been relaxing, outdoor, book reading weather. In a sheltered garden such as we have on a calm day if the sun is shining the temperature doesn’t have to be so very high to be pleasant.
These trivial weather conditions seldom keep me indoors and my heart goes out to those who have suffered intolerable heat, hurricanes and tornadoes.
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