For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011 I took a few snapshots of the flowers that are making the most impact in the border. However there are lots more that are just nearing the very end of their season. October might be the end of the growing season here for most of my autumn flowering plants but there are still a few that stand out in the dull borders.
The 6 ft stems are still standing tall though the plants haven’t attracted as many butterflies as last year. I stood on a stool to get up to the same level as this Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.
Asters are my perfect pollinators at this time of year and brighten up the dull borders. My all time favourite is this purple Aster which is mildew resistant along with two from theAsternovi-belgii Island Series which are resistant to mildew too as well as being dwarf. I’ve many more but they are young plants and a few are yet to bloom.
I have 3 medium sized clumps of yellow coneflowers. Moreover I think that this is the best year so far for these yellow daisies. It has taken the plants about 4 years to settle in the garden. However these plants are renowned for taking a long time to establish in the garden. Just like Japanese anemones they need plenty of space away from competing roots for their first few years.
This plant seems to gets lost in the garden at this time of year. I don’t think it can compete with the autumn foliage explosion going on in the other border.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011
Well it would be hard to compete with a 10ft long Cotoneaster horizontalisdripping with red berries. While alongside there’s an Euonymus alatus ‘Compacta‘ literally on fire!
A note for my records of what else is in flower on 15th October 2011:
Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside flower and garden photographer and writer. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography.