November Sunshine.

Blogging has had to take a back seat recently with a wedding, holiday, a kitchen refit and decorating taking precedent.  I lifted all the Dahlias from the raised beds last week, replacing them with tulips, also filling all the tulip pots. With the sun shining, I took a quick tour of the garden with the camera.


Sorbus Eastern Promise
Vitis ‘ Spetchley red’
Wisteria floribunda ‘ Alba ‘
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Solidago Fireworks
Miscanthus sinensis
Molinia ‘Karl Foerster’
Lunaria annua ‘Rosemary Verey’ Seeds
Rhodochiton atrosanguineum ‘Purple Bell Vine’

Hopefully I can soon catch up reading some of your posts, there is quite a list in my inbox.

What has been catching the November sun in your garden?

Ten Favourites for September.

Just in the nick of time I am joining Chloris at The Blooming Garden with my Ten Favourites for September. You can see what others have posted by visiting Chloris Here 

Number one in Our Garden@19 is a flower on the Ginger Lilly, I have been waiting two years since I was given them for one to flower. This year one did!

Hedychium (Ginger Lily).

I have had a soft spot for Morning Glory since growing them as a child, this one is from a late sowing of mixed colours.

Ipomoea Convolvulus.

I purchased Kirengeshoma palmata after seeing it look so wonderful in Beth Chatto’s garden, I now grow it in a pot on the patio, where I can keep an eye on it due to the slugs loving it is much as I do!

Kirengeshoma palmata

You cannot help but smile when you see the Cyclamen growing in all the inhospitable dry areas where little else will survive. Here along the shrubbery it is joined by…

Cyclamen hederifolium

…the Arum, whose main attraction is its leaf markings earlier in the year. I usually sow some of the berries each autumn to increase my stock.

Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratum’

Mentioning the shrubbery, the shrubs are adding colour to the garden just now, not least the Fuchias

Fuchia ‘Mrs Popple’
Fuchia ‘Winston Churchill’

This one has such elegant flowers compared to the more blousy ones above.

Fuchia magellanica

One of my favourite shrubs ever since I first saw it in Rosemary Verey’s garden is the Leycesteria, especially the yellow leaved one here along the shrubbery walk, lit up by the September sunshine.

Leycesteria formosa ‘Goldern Lanterns’

September is Michaelmas time and this is a favourite, you can call it a Daisy, Aster or as the famous victorian gardener, William Robinson did ‘Starworts’ or whatever the botanists have now decided. ‘Little Carlow’ is a good reliable one which doesn’t suffer from mildew, the sad fate of so many.

Aster Little Carlow.

I pair it with this well behaved Golden Rod with its arching flowering stems.

Solidago Fireworks. (Golden Rod)

We inherited many Nerine bowdenii from my Great Aunt’s garden, I shared them with my brother, sister and daughters. They are in Our Garden@19, also here, in the allotment cutting garden I share with our youngest daughter. They are a beautiful flower of September along with a reminder of our Great Aunt who had them growing along the south side of her house. She used to sell them by the bunch at the door.

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Nerine bowdenii in the allotment.
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Nerine bowdenii


Those are my ten for September, I hope you enjoy them.