I have been experimenting with the camera on my mobile phone, and I am delighted with the results; I can now post better quality close ups of my flowers.
The following are a few of my best blooms during September…
James Galway Rose
Nasturtium and Cosmos are still flowering. The Nasturtiums are creating LOTS of new seeds, and I look forward to free plants in the coming years…
Although my Day Lilies have died back for the winter, a few flowers still looked well at the beginning of the month.
I love these close up photographs of my blue Agapanthus:
and the white:
A few Mimulus still survive:
I bought these Gladioli bulbs on my trip to The Keukenhof Gardens in May. They were a little late in flowering but the colours are such a delight:
Clematis Jackmanii is looking fresh, and continues to produce sensational purple blooms:
Autumn Plans in the Garden
There are LOTS of jobs to complete over the coming months. September/October (and April/May) are ideal times for dividing and moving perennials. It is also perfect for saving seed, cutting back and moving shrubs, and planting bulbs for next spring.
I made a good start on my autumn tidy up in this spring bed. You can see it was more than a little overgrow. I removed the bindweed which had taken up residence, lifted, divided and trimmed the Pulmonaria, and gave the tree a much needed haircut.
A number of the Pulmonaria divisions were replanted in a shady spot in my front garden. I am very thankful to report that they are settling in well in their new home.
The spring bed looks so much happier after its makeover, don’t you think?
The view across the garden now looks like this:
The bright shots of orange – red are Schizostylis Major also known as Kaffir Lilies. They hail from South Africa, where they grow naturally in wetter areas. You can see them more clearly in the next photograph to the rear of the pond.
The Pond Area
I shall continue to prepare for winter, as the weather permits.
Brigid P. Gallagher
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