Through the Garden Gate September


Our garden has been wonderful this month, the soft colours of summer have been taken over by more autumnal shades. As I write the garden is currently being battered by gusty winds and heavy showers it is just as well I took these images before any damage is done!


 



We have had so many butterflies and insects visiting us too, particularly to our bank of sedum.



As we were sitting in the conservatory eating our evening meal this bird suddenly landed on the lawn, we had never seen one like this before! We grabbed the camera and just managed to take a picture before it flew off. We think that it was a nightjar.


I have been gradually adding more asters into the garden this year. This pink one above is in its 3rd year and is 1.25 meters tall and is fantastic!



This border is just outside our bedroom window, the colours are more mellow. The honesty plants have been flowering throughout the summer, the light picking up their fantastic seeds!


The beauty of the ammi majus looks particularly striking when seen in black and white. 


It's lovely to welcome a second flush of roses, you can appreciate the individual blooms more at this time of the year,


Japanese anemones are another familiar September flower, do you have any in your gardens? I wonder why they are called Japanese when they originate from China! Their flowers look good in bud, flower and or with their seed head.

We went down to Devon for a week at the beginning of September, it has been good on our return to feel that the pace of life has slowed down, as the number of tourists visiting have reduced. It certainly feels like Autumn has arrived by the sea too!


 Views from the cliffs at West Bay after a stormy night this week.

It is always wonderful to see other gardens from around the world and share our love of gardening. If you want to join in with Through the garden gate please let me know in the comments below and I will add you below. 



Have a good month, thanks for visiting!
Sarah



Comments

  1. Gorgeous butterfly!
    That same fierce wind yesterday - brought down a tree and cut off the water supply to a suburb high on the slopes of Table Mountain above the City Bowl.

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  2. Your pictures of your garden are lovely. Fall has arrived here also. There is a different feel in the air.
    Please add me to the list.
    Jeannie
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2021/09/septembers-garden-2021.html

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  3. Sadly our Japanese anemone has had a poor year. I don’t think it gets enough sunlight. Time for a move. Your garden is looking beautiful Sarah. How wonderful to see a Nightjar. B x

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  4. Your garden always makes me smile. I can only imagine what it is like to walk there. I have never seen a nightjar. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. So beautiful, Sarah. Please add me to the list. Thank you-- I love this meme.

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  6. You still have plenty of colour in your garden - mine seems a bit patchy now, will need to sort this out for next year and get more autumn colour in places. I have the white Japanese anenomes. For some reason the ones on the woodland walk have not done as well as usual.

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  7. I have never seen a Nightjar , but it also looks not unlike a Cuckoo , the Eurasian Cuckoo in particular ....but I'm not an expert and Cuckoos have probably all left now . What a beautiful bird though and well done snapping a great picture of it ! Hoping an expert might come on and confirm what it is for sure ! Love all your photos of the garden :) x

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    1. Our initial thought was it was a cuckoo, until a friend pointed out it was a Nightjar. Looking at the bird books the 2 species look similar.

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  8. Your garden has lots of seasonal colour, is the aster Harrington’s Pink?
    I have seen nightjars flying, wonderful to see one that close.

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    1. Many thanks Brian I had lost the name of the Aster , yes it is Harrington's Pink. Sarah x

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  9. How interesting to see the bird. I am no expert but my first thought was a nightjar. But looking in my bird book it's a close call betwen that and a cukoo.

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  10. Love the butterflies on the sedum. Great capture of the visiting bird. You still have lots of lovely blooms in your garden. Our garden is making the transition from summer to fall and soon to be winter.

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  11. Lovely butterflies! You were lucky to photograph a bird. I’m always too late.

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