I have more leafy autumn colour photos to come, but for today, here are some floral autumn colours!
Above is my scabious, which has been flowering for a long time now, and it’s still going strong! (I blogged when I bought it, and it’s been going since early April in my garden)
I have a few hellebores, but this one is flowering for the first time right now 🙂 the others flower at different times.
My Saliva ‘hot lips’ is another that’s still going. The bees are making the most of this, and the Borage that’s hanging on.
These are my Mahonia, and they’re flowering now, and should for a while. Last year I saw a Blue tit take a drink from a Mahonia flower! Wonder if I’ll be lucky enough to see that again..
Because I was monitoring how many flowers where in bloom last year, I can now see what’s different this year. I kind of wish I’d kept going, but it’s tedious recording it every week.
Last year at this time hydrangea, heather, coreopsis, toadflax, strawberry tree, geranium, and a couple of unidentified yellow flowers were in bloom.
So what’s different.. the hydrangea aren’t doing that well, they had a hard prune and a move earlier this year so that was expected. The heather is flowering so that’s the same, the coreopsis didn’t come up this year, a lot of the toadflax had to be pulled out as it was taking over, strawberry tree is doing well, geraniums died on me, yellow flowers.. well I did have one kind, but they’re done flowering now.
This year I also have a low Aster thing, Borage, Candytuft, Mahonia (either they were new in January or the flowered later last time, Jan to Mar), and hebe (new) flowering which weren’t this time last year.
It’s interesting; I wonder how much is due to the weather, it’s still warm enough not to need a coat most of the time right now.
You can read why I recorded this stuff, and see the resulting graph HERE