We always buy one of those gorgeous giant chrysanthemums that you see in the autumn, I love the orangey yellow coloured ones best of all. Although I can never get them to live through the winter they last for such a long time and don't really cost much more than a bunch of flowers, so I choose not to have some flowers and to enjoy this sight greeting me at the door as I come and go from the house instead.
Looking at the hedge I see that something has been eating the Photinia. Obviously these leaves are a lot tastier than they look to me!
The hedge is Hornbeam and although it hasn't started to change colour yet, the newer leaves on the ends of the branches are a lovely colour aren't they, almost purple. They then change to a darker green.
I showed you these berries the other day. There have been birds eating them, but there are still masses left.
The grapes are starting to change colour. After my scare with the vine earlier in the year when I thought it was going to die I am so happy to see these grapes changing colour. We don't eat the grapes as they are not a dessert grape, but seem to be a wine grape and as we don't make wine we don't make use of them ourselves. I should say that the vine was here when we moved in, otherwise we would have planted a dessert grape. The birds love them though, especially the blackbirds and we are happy to leave the grapes for them to munch on.
I did also choose another chrysanthemum, this lovely pinky coloured one. It has masses of buds yet to come on it as you can see so it should be a beautiful sight.
There are many other things in the garden doing well too as you can see, with lots of lovely pinky tones all around.
The Sedums are looking spectacular as they do at this time of year and the insects are really making the most of the flowers.
There are still some Penstemons flowering and the Verbena is also going strong too. I do love these purple flowers and again they are a favourite with the insects.
Hubby has been busy making an extension to a border, or I should say more correctly joining two together. He has planted various daffodil bulbs then added some Pansies, some Cyclamen and Wallflowers.
It should be really lovely in the spring.
Although the apples are dropping - the tree is far too high to pick them - they are as always inedible as they are very tiny and are as hard as rocks and sour as you can imagine. Not an eating apple for sure!
We are also being inundated with acorns already. Mr Squirrel is having a lot of fun!!!
We have added a couple of new plants, the Erica's (heather) that you see above and this wonderful Thistle. Hubby loves spiky plants!
Although there are no berries left on the rowan tree, well unless you can count that tiny little bit of berry that has been left, there are other things coming out. The Colchicums are flowering. They look like crocuses, but they don't have any leaves at this time of year and flower in the autumn, not the spring. The leaves come out in spring and are much bigger and wider than crocus leaves. The bulbs are much much larger too.
The Hypericum is having another flush of flowers and is looking pretty again. Really it is the time of year that I like to cut it back, but then it goes and flowers again so I have to wait as I cannot bear to cut the flowers off!
As you can see, we have arranged for the flowers and bugs to colour coordinate!
There are two little tiny flowers coming on these Cosmos plants, rather later than they should have. I hope it stays warm enough for them to flower some more. The Nandina is also flowering (below) and will have beautiful red berries in the winter which I always enjoy seeing.
I hope that you enjoyed the walk around the garden to see what is growing and flowering and happening in our little patch this September!