Monday, 7 September 2015

September in the garden

The highlight in our garden this month is our Echinacea white swan, the pink version of this flower is more common but I love this variety!


 The garden is still full of colour, these flowers below are cuttings from our old garden and they have all grown so well. It's good to see these familiar flowers create a wonderful display here too.


The cosmos I grew from seed and showed you last month is still looking so good!



 Our new garden is so much smaller and I was delighted to buy these compact trailing buddelia  lavender plants from Sarah Raven that I could grow in a pot. They have only just started to flower and I am hoping that the butterflies and bees will find them too!


The Felicia pink rose has another flush of flowers. When the children were younger we always bought a chocolate cosmos plant as they used to love the smell of chocolate. The velvety burgundy flowers looked stunning in the early morning sunshine. I saw the pink dahlia on a market stall for £3, how could I resist it?

 I am also so proud of this dahlias I have grown from seed.


 In the vegetable garden the chives are again in flower and we have an abundance of tomatoes from the greenhouse.


The temperature first thing in the morning in the garden is much cooler and the length of the days is decreasing. There seem to be an abundance of berries in the hedgerows although I haven't seen many ripe blackberries here, have you ?



What is your favourite plant at the moment? 

Until next time.
Sarah x

43 comments:

  1. I've found a few ripe blackberries around here. It's feeling very autumnal here now, cold nights, misty mornings and lovely smells of woodsmoke or damp earth! You do have a beautiful garden.

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  2. Lovely post Sarah.
    It is true, the mornings are getting cooler ... but it is just possible the days may turn a little warmer, September can often bring warm days too.

    Your dahlia's look great and such a lovely colour.
    September still offers so many different shades and hues in the garden.

    Have a lovely week

    All the best Jan

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  3. So beautiful! I love your Cosmos! I grew those from seed a few years ago and I loved them! I've had blackberries from the epic blackberries at the bottom of the garden!x

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  4. Your garden is breathtaking! I love them all, especially the dahlias... I planted several a few years ago, but lost them all, due to the heat...
    Wishing you a peaceful week.
    blessings,
    Penny

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  5. What a lovely garden you have Sarah! I'm quite envious. I can't grow buddleia here, it's too cold. Pity because the deer don't like it!!

    Have a wonderful week xox

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  6. Your flowers look beautiful, I do love dahlias, but for me bluebells are my favourites. One day I will return to England and walk through a bluebell wood again! Your Cosmos look wonderful, mine were very straggly last year, and I've got them reseeding this year, so I'm hoping for a good show.

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  7. Your garden is so lovely, Sarah! Folks in our household have picked a huge amount of blackberries and just made a second batch of jam a few days ago...they gave me a jar of it and the jam is yummy on toast :) I still have sun gold cherry tomatoes ripening on my plant and the plant has produced enough tomatoes so far that it has already payed for itself! xx

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    1. My granddad always used to make BlackBerry jam. However much I try I can never make it taste as good as he did. Sarah x

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  8. Your garden is a wonderful place to delight in and you have done an excellent work preserving seeds and cuttings. Here, summer is still in its glory with high temperatures something I dislike.

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  9. You are right Sarah Echinacea white swan is lovely, I prefer it to the pink as well, probably because it is less common. My father-in-law, a farmer always believed that copious berries on the hedgerows predicted a harsh winter to come - hope it is not true. I have been enjoying this Indian Summer over the last few days, and long may it continue.

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    1. I hope we don't get a harsh winter too! Sarah x

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  10. A delightful post, your garden is looking stunning. I'm particularly enjoying seeing the dahlias opening at the moment. A mixed selection in hues of pink, purple & white to match the border they are in. They are looking rather lovely xx

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  11. I love the white echinacea, I tried growing it once and failed, so it's good to see yours doing so beautifully. Love the chocolate cosmos as well, and it's perfect with bright pink. Fabulous tomatoes, I'm very envious. Mine are outdoors and looking rather sad at this time of year. There's mist this morning and they're just sitting there not doing anything. I don't think there will be too much more ripening now. I'm really liking a white cosmos at the moment that self-seeded itself. It's looking really healthy, about the best thing we've grown this year! CJ xx

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  12. Ahhhhhh.....your garden is spectacular, as are many of the gardens here in my city. This was truly a great if not THE BEST summer we've seen in a long time. The sunflowers are brilliant, taking in as much sun as possible before they bow their heavy heads in bittersweet hommage to a delightful summer. Right now, there are many RED flowers whose names I do not know, but they are so vibrant that you just have to stop and admire them.

    Happy September to you dearest Sarah!

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  13. Your garden still has a lot of lovely colour. I think it's been a good year for Dahlias. Lots of blackberries here xx

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  14. So many lovely flowers! Very impressed at your dahlia growing, I haven't had much success with growing them so I cheat and get them from the garden centre lol.

    I've really been enjoying my rudbeckia, so many bright flowers :)

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  15. Oh, I absolutely love that Echinacea. And the cosmos. And your dahlias... In fact, they're all gorgeous! Well done on growing dahlias from seed. How did you manage that?! I can't even manage it from tubers. Rubbish. Lovely photos, Sarah. Sam x

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    1. This is the second time I have grown them from seed and both times it has been successful. I would recommend it. Sarah x

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  16. What a wonderful garden you have, Sarah! I had no idea there were white echinaceas. My favourite flower at the moment is the rudbeckia we have growing around all the cottages. It is bright and cheerful and seems happy with both drought conditions and torrential rain.

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  17. Beautiful photos Sarah, your garden is a picture! :)

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  18. Gosh Sarah you garden is looking so well established already! Lots of lovely colour! And I very much LOVE your new blog photo, what a stunning picture of living by the seaside...it reminds me of holidays as a child...have a lovely week. Sharon x

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  19. Your garden is like an DREAM! So green and so many lovely flowers...
    Best wishes for a great week, take care!
    Titti

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  20. How well established garden is looking. It's beautiful. My favourite flowers just now are the marigolds which still look stunning.

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  21. Your garden looks so lovely, Sarah. Well done on growing so many flowers from seeds - something I'm yet to try. Down Under our days are warming up and lengthening as we head into Spring, and at the moment wattle trees are blooming everywhere; their warm, bold yellows a taste of the season to come.

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    1. The Seattle trees sound amazing! Sarah x

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  22. You have grown Dahlias from Seed? Great. Your grden looks beautiful, I love Atumn. My favorite plant? My Elderflowers.

    Sigrun

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  23. Hi Sarah. Your posts continue to fill me with enthusiasm for my own garden! Now I find myself with a question or two for you on how to look after Cosmos? This is the first time I have planted them in a garden outside England! I very luckily found three chocolate cosmos plants at the local garden centre two months ago which I planted and try to keep well watered. However, I'm not sure where to go from here. We're experiencing a very mild winter up here in the sub-tropics, so while I've been expecting die-back and loss of blooms, I've started to notice that the underneath area of the plants have blackened and almost look like they've died. Is this the norm? The foliage on top is still green, and there are still flowers here and there. Should I be worried, or is this to be expected as we head into spring?
    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on growing (and keeping) healthy cosmos plants. Thanks heaps, heather (from Down Under) xo

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  24. Hi Heather, The chocolate cosmos originally comes from Mexico so I Would have thought it would like your sub tropical conditions. I have never been able to over winter it here. You could try taking some basal cutting have you removed the black leaves? Has anyone else had the same problem? Sarah x

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! I haven't personally come across anyone here who grows cosmos, but I'm sure there are a few lurking in the background. I will take some cuttings as you suggest, then wait to see if it will re-generate as we head into summer. Do you sow yours from seed, or use tube stock? heather x

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    2. Hi Heather, I haven't ever seen seeds for sale to go chocolate cosmos. I bought my plant from the Womans's insitute. The other varieties of cosmos are quite easy to grow from seed. Sarah x

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  25. Your garden is looking stunning! I love the white echinacea and the dahlias. All of my cosmos got eaten, sadly, but my raspberries and blackberries are doing well, and the Japanese anenomes. I'm looking forward to the Michaelmas daisies too.
    Cathy x

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  26. You really do have such beautiful flowers don't you!! My cosmos are literally just starting to flower now! I hope they go on for a little longer. Your dahlias are so pretty as well! xx

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  27. Hey Sarah,
    I shall have to look out for the Sarah Raven trailing buddleia. I'm also going to have a go at growing Dahlias from seed next year. Your garden looks so pretty and established already. I think I've enjoyed the Globe Thistles this summer, because they are a magnet for pollinators. Olly and I draw a chair each and sit and watch them for ages.
    Leanne xx

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  28. Your flowers are beautiful. I grew some cosmos this year but it is very late flowering. Hopefully it will succeed before it gets too cold. We are staying on Ile de Re at the moment and everywhere I turn are hollyhocks growing like weeds out of the pavement and at the sides of alleys. Their bright blousey colours are gorgeous. At home they have finished but being a few miles further south they are still going here.

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  29. Lovely photo's from your garden Sarah! Your dahlia's looks beautiful and so does your cosmos! Wish I still had so much colour in my garden. It's Sedum, dahlia's and a few roses only at the moment.

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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  30. I love your garden! So pretty x

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  31. So pretty & colourful. We have an abundance of blackberries & sloes on the hedgerows

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  32. Your garden is so pretty! I haven't seen many ripe blackberries either actually - we are in Devon. Lots of small green ones but I wonder when they will ripen. My favourite plant at the moment is my hydrangea which is flourishing and looking beautiful :)

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  33. What a beautiful garden you have, so pretty, with some stunning flowering plants. The days are definitely drawing in and signs of Autumn are emerging. Lots of blackberries growing around where we live so hopefully you find some soon. xx

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  34. What a beautiful garden! I live in Devon, picked some lovely blackberries that we ate earlier today. Also picked some more from the woods behind the garden. Delicious.
    Best wishes,
    Angela ( Devon)

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    1. Hi Angela,Thank you for your comments and welcome to my blog! Sarah x

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  35. Funnily enough we were just saying today that we think the blackberry harvest will be poor this year.

    Your new garden is looking lovely Sarah!

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  36. I love your garden full of flowers!

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