The autumn gallops over my garden. The temperature is falling down and it hardly reaches 10oC during day time. Colors are fading. It’s raining every day and it’s really windy. The wind just tears the leaves out of the trees and crumples blossoms of the late bloomers. I hardly find moments to get out and to make photos. On some days sun peeps out of the clouds just for a couple of minutes in the evening. But even when there is enough light I still struggle to make photos because of stormy wind. It’s sad. But some plants are still booming. And I just caught myself thinking what a nice thing GBBD is. It inspires to be attentive and to gather together the prettiest moments of a month. It just keeps my focus on positive. Isn’t that therapeutic? So here are a little bit of these positives from my garden.
The real autumn champion is a tiny Polyantha rose ‘Marie Pavic’. It still unfolds tens of new buds on nice deep red branches.
Rose ‘Martin Frobisher’ is already ending its show, just few blooms left.
Other roses still produce single new buds. It’s nice, although sometimes they look like wet origami.
Two old Hemerocallis, ‘Stela d’Oro’ and “Little Wine Cup’, are trying to resist autumn rains and winds. Sad, but days are too cold and too gloomy for booms to open fully.
I would like to have more asters in my garden. Now I have only three of them. Aster pyranaeus ‘Lutetia’ is blooming from the end of July. Aster dumosus ‘Rosenwichtel’ just begins its season. Aster lateriflorus “Lady in Black’ has a lot of buds but I doubt if it will manage to bloom this autumn. I’m afraid frost will come earlier.
Polygonum affine is persistently blooming from the end of May. Nice and reliable, although a bit aggressive.
Chrysanthemum maximum blooms repeatedly for the third time this summer. Love its simplicity.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ blooms from the end of June. I like how they look together with golden leaves of Iris spuria.
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ is flirting with autumn. Like supermodels, they always look well in photos.
My garden is a bit too wet for sedum. But I couldn’t resist a temptation to try them anyway. Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ now looks very lively. I hope it will survive long wet autumn and winter thaws.
And again and again… Verbena bonariensis. They still keep structure and color of my garden. Just love them. Happy GBBD!