It's been fairly warm and sunny recently though there is a definite whiff of Autumn in the air. Even down in the milder South West of England there are the beginnings of autumn colour and leaf drop. Fortunately my more exotic plants don't recognise the approach of winter and will continue to flower till the frosts. Add to that some true Autumn specialities and I'll still have colour and interest well into the death of the year.
One autumn speciality is Hedychium coccineum 'Tara', one of the hardiest and also one of the most spectacular of the ginger lilies. The size of the flower head is dependent on the strength of the annual stem. My little clump is good this year, probably because last years stems remained evergreen through the winter with the virtual absence of frost.
|Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'|
But I can include Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert', one of the reliable Japanese anemones that do so much to brighten the approach of Autumn.
|Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'|
|Echinacea purpurea 'Double Scoop Raspberry'|
|Begonia grandis var. evansiana underplanting Musa basjoo|
|English Rose 'Summer Song'|
|Abelia x grandiflora|
I've a number of fuchsias in flower, all of which I've illustrated before and may well do again in October, Begonia 'Bonfire' and other bedding begonias, but these are starting to fade now. There are fat buds on Tibouchina organensis, Camellia sasanqua and Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'. I've three more Hedychiums to flower before the year's end and the cycle begins again. All of which marks the end of another Garden Blogger's Blooms Day. As ever, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme. Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.