Yes, it is most certainly autumn, but I could hardly believe the heat in the walled garden at Wimpole today. I was taking salvia cuttings most of the morning and I am hoping that they can take the extreme temperature fluctuations in the glasshouse this week. It is always a risk when you’re not there every day to check on things. I also had to give the borders a good douse to stave off the inevitable shrivelling that occurs if I miss the watering just once. Who would have guessed I’d still be running the hoses out this late in September, when it’s been a continuous task since May?
At home, the plants are evenly split between shutting down because they’ve done their stuff or having a last party and flowering their little heads off. The multi-headed sunflowers are going crazy, especially the ‘Vanilla Ice’. I’ve picked some for a vase today and it means that I can join in with Cathy’s ever joyful In-a-vase-on-Monday meme. Take a look at the variety today.
There’s an ‘Earth Walker’ sunflower in the front too, providing lovely burnt earth tones that are bracketed by the two-tone colours of Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’. Verbena bonariensis is a cloud of warm purple and bees/butterflies in the border. Its small flowers fade to a rusty pink, which looks rather nice with the tagetes. Miraculously, I still have some sweet peas going (‘Twilight’ I think) and they are deliciously heavily scented, so they are making a double contribution to the vase. I’ve added a couple of sprigs of Caryopteris clandonensis to lift the colours a bit and pushed some sprays of self-seeded feverfew in round the edges to add some froth.
After taking a couple of shots of the flowers in my stalwart glass vase I decided a dark brown jug suited things much better, especially amongst the sea of damson leaves beginning to litter the grass.
Definitely autumn though! Are you seeing the signs too?