There’s more happening in our garden than we realise, sometimes. I’ve been thinking everything’s giving up and going over but after a wander to do some watering this morning I felt inspired to snap a few pictures as there’s still a bit of colour about.
The back garden is still looking reasonably neat (and from this distance you can’t see the weeds):
We have a salvia in a pot that’s still doing well – I grew this from a cutting last year, taken from the one in the front garden that was originally a cutting from Mum (phew!):
The dwarf hydrangea’s vibrant pink flowers are starting to fade but I do like to leave them over the winter.
Several plants are having a late second flush – notably lychnis, geranium himalayense and fuschia – while the half-price scabious I bought a few weeks back seems to have settled in well.
Tucked away in the corner by the greenhouse is a mahonia which I tend to forget is there, snuggled up to the flowering currant and somewhat overshadowed by its louder, larger cousins nearer the house. Unlike them with their simple yellow flower spikes, this one has a lovely burnt orange hue.
And this year’s random self-seeded flower is a nicotiana. I haven’t grown any for a few years so it’s anyone’s guess where it came from.
Meanwhile at the front, it’s all about the sedum:
Looking back, I posted an almost identical photo a year ago!
The salvia “Hot Lips” has been spectacular again this year and I must have another go at taking cuttings. Last year’s cuttings didn’t make it, apart from the one I gave to Mum. I think that says more about my lack of skill at long term plant care than I’d like to admit.
The plants in the troughs are mostly doing well, though one of the santolinas is already suffering:
And we have more garden spiders than ever – any casual meander around is fraught with the risk of walking into an unfeasibly large web.
We have a hedgehog house at the bottom of the garden now, so maybe there’ll be some bigger visitors too.