Last of the summer shine

I have been a bit rude about the nasturtiums this year but, hands up, I was unfair and they have been pretty spectacular - and still are

I have been a bit rude about the nasturtiums this year but, hands up, I was unfair and they have been pretty spectacular – and still are

 

We have been lucky here in Ireland over the past few weeks with the high pressure keeping the rain away and a few clouds: just enough to keep frosts at bay. We seem to have a pattern here that the sunniest time of day is just as the sun goes down and that meant it was the perfect time to get a few photos of the last flowers of summer – those plants that are hanging on and will still be looking great when the first slash of winter cuts them to the ground – anytime soon.

So I am making the most of every bit of colour now we are on borrowed time.

Helichrysum keep on sending up flowers though the plants are getting increasingly 'leggy' and scruffy

Helichrysum keep on sending up flowers though the plants are getting increasingly ‘leggy’ and scruffy

 

The Nicotiana mutabilis have been fantatsic this year. The flowers are small but there are zillions of them and they just keep on blooming. Some, like this one, must be almost 2m high

The Nicotiana mutabilis have been fantastic this year. The flowers are small but there are zillions of them and they just keep on blooming. Some, like this one, must be almost 2m high

 

Cosmos keep the garden colourful too though some plants in the mixed batch have still not bloomed yet - very poor - more of that later

Cosmos keep the garden colourful too though some plants in the mixed batch have still not bloomed yet – very poor – more of that later

 

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' is not my favourite thing. The flowers are a deep red and a breeding breakthrough but the flowers are not always very well formed and it just looks a bit 'off' to me. But they have their uses and they are still going strong

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ is not my favourite thing. The flowers are a deep red and a breeding breakthrough but the flowers are not always very well formed and it just looks a bit ‘off’ to me. But they have their uses and they are still going strong

 

I prefer the more 'ordinary' colours of the 'Rustic Dwarfs', especially when they mingle with the hips of Rosa glauca

I prefer the more ‘ordinary’ colours of the ‘Rustic Dwarfs’, especially when they mingle with the hips of Rosa glauca

 

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8 Comments on “Last of the summer shine”

  1. Jackie Stockley
    October 17, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Love that Nicotiana! This has been a spectacular Autumn.

  2. Jackie Stockley
    October 17, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Nasturtiums make a good cut flower too, a small posy but beautifully formed.

  3. derrickjknight
    October 17, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Attractive post. Thank you from our leggy nasturtiums

  4. ontheedgegardening
    October 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    Lovely light in these photos, I also love the nicotiana and cosmos are a particular favourite. I have grown Cherry Brandy and liked them very much but they were very short lived, with the rose they look wonderful!

    • thebikinggardener
      October 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Cherry Brandy doesn’t seem as vigorous as the others but the colour is unique. Not sure I would grow it every year though even though I must have rudbeckias

      • ontheedgegardening
        October 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

        I remember trying to convince someone it was a rudbeckia and not an echinacea, I don’t think I manage it!

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