It's half September and officially not even Autumn yet but it seems that this year we've skipped Summer altogether and moved straight into Autumn. Except for one week when I was on holiday in my own country, and the odd day here and there we have had no Summer to speak of. Very disappointing as Summer is the only time that we, who live in North-Western Europe, can enjoy being outside. The rest of the year we stay cooped up inside because it's too cold or too wet, usually both.
Clematis Gypsy Girl flowering for the second time
As I said it's half September so time, once again, for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a special event in which so many garden bloggers all over the world participate by showing what's in bloom in their garden today. It's Carol of MayDreamsGardens who dreamed this all up.
Astrantia Major Rosea, second flush
I haven't participated in the Summer edition of GBBD (simply too much to show and not enough time) but today I decided to show what's in bloom in my garden this September.
Kitchen garden with Marigolds, Zinnias, Borage in white and blue and Nasturtiums
I won't show everything that's in flower as that would take far too long, but instead I'll show you an impression or two of what's in flower now.
My new border is coming along nicely and it has added considerably to my bloom list, even after such a wet and cold Summer. And cold it really is. Last Saturday the central heating popped on as it was so cold and it's not even Autumn yet.
New border with Verbena bonariensis, Daisies, Balsam, white Borage and pink Hydrangea
Hydrangea Lime Light
New border with Cosmea, Gaura, Borage, bronze Fennel, Verbena bonariensis and Eupatorium
Rosa Dainty Bess, one of the stars in my new border
Hydrangea Brussels Lace
Rosa Fisherman's Friend, a David Austin rose with an incredible scent
Zinnia, one of many
It's thanks to Kylee of Our Little Acre and Robin of Robin's Nesting Place that I decided earlier this year to try my hand at growing Zinnias and they've been a great success so far. I've raised them from seed and they've been flowering their hearts out for months now. Thanks Kylee and Robin for inspiring me to grow them!
Another success are my gorgeous deep purple sweet peas, which I've also sown myself, just like these pretty bells, that are another first in my garden this year.
I had bought a packet of blue Cobaea scandens last February but to my surprise there are whites ones growing amongst the blue. Isn't gardening just full of nice surprises?
The Hollyhocks decided to do a spot of self sowing, always fine in my garden, but for some odd reason this year only the burgundy coloured ones are in flower of the blacks there's no sign whatsoever. Pity, I love black Hollyhocks. Isn't gardening just full of not so nice surprises too? ;-)
Another success in the garden is this pot with beautiful Lobelia erinus which is neither raised from seed by my own fair hands nor self sown, but simply self bought in the supermarket. It's been flowering nonstop from May onwards.
The Phloxes have been doing great this year, they seem to thrive with all that rain we've been having this Summer.
I think I have delighted you long enough and will leave you with something sweet
Chocolate Cosmea, its scent is simply scrumptious
copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen
What a delightful tie, fondness for gardening makes between people! I know several men with beautiful places and lovely gardens. Whenever I meet one of them at dinner, if by chance I am not seated next to him, I am unhappy.
Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman's Hardy Garden, 1903