The garden is still looking full at the moment but autumn is clearly on it’s way, I’ll have to start the big tidy-up soon. There’s not a huge amount of flowers, but there’s a few…
Down by the conservatory door I have silver leafed shrub which goes by the wonderful name of perovskia, otherwise known as Russian sage, I always think it looks like it wouldn’t like my soil but it’s been there quite a few years now, it has lovely intense blue flowers, a bit like a mixture between lavender and catnip…
Up in the autumn border the rose called Lark Ascending is doing it’s best to flower, the clematis has also produced some last minute blooms and the rudbekia is brightening up the bed with it’s deep yellow flowers.
The foliage is starting to take over from the flowers for interest in the garden. The clematis which climbs up the arbour is a lovely lime green at the moment…
…and the cotinus cogghria is a lovely wine red. I can never get a photo which really shows what a gorgeous colour this shrub is, it always seems to look a little dull, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, just think of a glass of claret!
Further along the same bed is a pheasant berry, or leycesteria. It’s quite a spreading shrub which does need taking in hand occasionally, but in the autumn it has these gorgeous purple bracts dangling down.
Even further round the lawn, in between the roses, is a wiegela and a spirea, for most of the year they play second fiddle to the roses, but as the roses fade they provide a bit of interest with variegated leaves and pink flowers.
Yesterday we finally interred my mum’s ashes in the Garden of Rest at her church, I picked some roses from the garden and found just enough to make a pretty bunch, though really they were getting past it – I did feel a bit like a bridesmaid shedding petals where ever I went! The smaller tangerine coloured rose in the middle is called Port Sunlight, it’s from a rose bush I found unplanted in her garden when she went into a care home. I added a few geums and a bit of foliage, the roses smelled lovely. My mum would have loved them, in fact she would have got her paints out straight away and painted them!
Your mum’s roses are lovely; you’ve done her proud.
And your garden is actually looking great too. I have pheasant berry around the garden and it does a wonderful job of hiding the bare stems of my clematis montana plus the birds love the berries. I keep it in check by taking out the largest stems every year. Is the cotinus also known as a smoke bush? But for outrageous colour, there’s almost nothing in the UK to beat a blueberry — it looks like someone’s thrown a can of red paint over it.
What a beautiful bouquet of roses and a sweet image of you as a bridesmaid taking the flowers to church. Precious memories of your Mum and her creativity.
Your garden sounds wonderful. I will be starting to get my little beds ready for the fall and winter.
Your Mum would have approved you choice of flowers 100%. The garden still looks good.
Tottering with you around your garden is always a treat, as there are treasures to be seen. The bouquet for your Mum is a delightful tribute to her.
Those roses are exceptionally beautiful, the soft peaches and creams are a lovely fall combination, and a beautiful tribute to your mom. The colors in your garden this week are so deep and rich, love it!