Earlier in the month it was the time for pretty pinks from some of my later flowering sedums, which have continued to flower throughout the month (although this first pale pink sedum has been slightly munched by the Sedum Ermine Moth caterpillar which attacked my purple leafed sedums last month, totally decimating them).
|Honey bees and a Silver Y moth enjoying the nectar on Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'|
|A Peacock butterfly and a honey bee|
|Sedum telephium 'Autumn Joy' covered in honey bees. |
This variety has thankfully not been attacked by caterpillars!
|More pink flowers from the Golden Oregano in the foreground, |
and the tall spires of a plant which I think is Polygonum something-or-other.
Taken at this angle so you can't see the total mess
that my poor hostas became!
All month my Verbena bonariensis has continued to flower - new self seeded plants with fresh new flowers to attract butterflies appear here and there and everywhere (including all over the veg patch!).
|Small Copper butterfly on Verbena bonariensis|
|Pelargoniums have been flowering like crazy - |
this is my favourite, 'Mrs Pollock'
|Small flowers appear in late summer on this little Abelia,|
but one needs to get down to its level to fully appreciate them!
|I treated myself to some new shrubs, Potentilla 'Goldfinger' and |
Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue', both of which really attract pollinators,
and flower for months through to October
|There I was thinking my Yucca wasn't going to flower this year....|
|Along by the cellar walls the Hydrangeas continue to give pleasure|
with their slowly fading colours
|Heliopsis? seen through the leaves of Spirea japonica 'Goldflame'.|
The question mark is due to this yellow flowered plant coming from a
plant swap, so I never knew what it was called.
|Sedum telephium 'Autumn Joy' at the end of the month, the fading blooms of the Coneflowers |
along with Stipa grass.... and of course, a self seeded Verbena bonariensis,
with obligatory butterfly on it (a Small Copper again!)
|My huge sunflowers are past their best after wind and rain|
have battered them about, but still the bees are enjoying what
is left of the blooms (and the finches are loving the seeds!)
|Bidens and Heliopsis? seen through my Dogwood,|
Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame'
|In the centre is one of this spring's self seeded Bronze Fennels,|
which I transplanted here and is now flowering amongst
the Verbena b. and Calendula
The following is a general view just after I'd planted the Caryopteris in the place where I'd dug out half a ton of day lily roots. I also dug out another ton of dogwood roots elsewhere and moved a Weigela which had scorched in full sun into that shadier place.... the new Potentilla will replace the Weigela in the sun.... and so the work continues, hopefully to work out next year.
And if it doesn't, I'll just carry on as usual, lifting, dividing, moving.... forever, as that is just how it is, in the ornamental garden. Nothing stands still, and even when you do get it 'just right', it won't stay just right for too many years!
|Back garden, work in progress.|