There’s always a lull in the borders at this time of year when the roses go over and the late summer colour is still in the wings. This is especially true this year when foliage definitely predominates over flowers, but I have got the odd good corner. The amazing blue flowered shrub is Brunsfelsia pauciflora – a puzzling name as it means ‘with few flowers’!
A mid-summer photo that has crept into the wrong blog post? No, I took this picture this morning. The agapanthus is newly opened and in the background a Geranium maderense is looking as lush as it does in mid summer.
This is the first time in the twelve years that I have lived here that I am facing the distinct possibility that I may lose a significant number of plants if the cold doesn’t loosen its grip soon. I’m hoping that our free-draining soil will prevent too many plants turning up their toes (it’s the wet rather than the cold that finishes off many plants), but if anything does succumb it will give me an opportunity to create some space and try something new. My huge pots of Agapanthus africanus are looking decidedly sorry for themselves, but their rootball is so enormous and dense that I’m hoping the frost won’t penetrate to the centre.