A Garden Bouquet for September

September is the month when the first signs of autumn creep in and there is something special happening to the light. Misty mornings give the garden a fresh atmosphere. Darkness comes too early each day. Fruit picking is the order of the day and we get out our pruning kit, secateurs, pruning saws and loppers large and small to tackle the trees and shrubs.

Grasses begin to change colour, some flowers and seed heads are turning redder and more purple others towards the pale tints of biscuit.

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The Blackberry vine is so heavy with fruit that it blocks the pathway and apples hang in thick bunches but seem slow to ripen. At last colour is creeping into the greenness of the grapes. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind to them and therefore kind to us.

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This Buddleja is a special one with purple flowers at the tip of each arching branch. The out side of each individual flower is dusty purple-grey but the rich bright purple inside provides a beautiful contrast. Buddleys lindleyana is a very special shrub. A real favourite! And it looks even better alongside a bright orange neighbour in the guise of a Crocosmia. While we are on the subject of bright flowered Crocosmia the yellow one nearby is gentler but still a true bright beauty.

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Shrubs and trees are thinking ahead to the winter and painting their leaves in reds, oranges and yellows. The first two photos are of a special Ribes which will give us yellow flowers in the winter. These are followed by deciduous varieties of Euonymus and Cercis “Forest Pansy”.

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On the gravel garden, our Beth Chatto Garden, grasses are starring alongside the autumn stars, Michaelmas Daisies.

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Bulbs usually mean late winter or early spring but these cyclamen and tulbaghia are showstoppers right now.

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So off we go into autumn!

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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5 Responses to A Garden Bouquet for September

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Malc, your garden always inspires me! Have never seen yellow Crocosmia. For some reason I’ve never been able to get Crocosmia established. Your asters are nice and anticipating the fruit must be a special pleasure.

    • Many thanks for kind comment. Our crocosmia are all too happy! we have to split them every couple of years but I couldn’t garden without them.. Malc

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  2. What kind of grapes do you have? We have two vines of Concords.

    • Hi Judy, Our grape is a very special one, a cutting off the famous Hampton Court vine planted by Capabilty Brown and it is a Black Hamburg. They release a few rooted cuttings each year and as Jude is an historian I bought her one a few years back as a birthday present. It is the oldest known grape vine in the world. Ours is just 10 years old but the original is now 240 plus. Malc

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  3. bridget says:

    Still wonderful range of colour for so late in the year.

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