While we're waiting for MJ (that lazy baggage)* to get up off her quince** and post the Annual Garden Event photos, I though I'd post these photos of the most interesting or colouful plants starring in Castlette DeVice's
The photos I submitted to MJ were from June when the gardens here were just about at their peak. Now that Autumn has arrived here in Blighty, the garden is looking a little worse for wear, full of lightly crisped foliage from the dry summer and dying flower heads as I haven't got around to doing any cutting back yet (then you're just as much of a lazy baggage as MJ)***. Still, a few bright sparks can be found amongst the embers, so here they are:
|The final new growth of Gunnera manicata before the frosts turn it all to mush!|
|The bright bells of Penstemon. These should keep going for another month or so.|
|Colourful foliage of Heuchera.|
|Ah, Echeveria by the pond. Also destined to become mush in the wet, cold Autumn and Winter.|
|Garish Dahlia still going strong.|
|This spreading ground cover plant, Lamium, lightens up an otherwise dark corner.|
|I think this is Watsonia, an Autumn flowering bulb (I can't find the label).|
|The elegant and seemingly everlasting Gaura.|
|Young Euphorbias pushing through some Foxgloves.|
|Another beautiful Autumn flowering bulb: Nerine.|
|Seed pods of Eucomis comosa (the Pineapple lily) beside a variegated Euphorbia.|
|Undulating mounds of moss surrounding the base of an Acer (Japanese maple).|
|A pot of Salvinia natans in my Japanese garden with a frond of Acanthus (Bear's Britches) poking over the top.|
While the photos are displayed in order as if I went widdershins around the garden taking them (as the post title suggests), I'm not (despite popular belief) a silly witch who would go against the natural course of things. I am, however, contrary, so even though I won't tempt bad luck by actually travelling widdershins, I'm quite happy to give the impression that I did so!
* Beast?! How did you get in here?
** An affectionate term for Moom's ladybits that has got away from me slightly.
*** You again, Beast? How are you doing this? Clear off!