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Remember summer?


By AndrewR


Before winter finally closes in, here are some of the flowers still on show in my garden.

Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’. This useful Californian Lilac flowers twice, in both summer and autumn. It can also be hard pruned to within a bud or two of the old growth

Cestrum parqui is also a shrub, but much of the top growth is often killed by the winter weather, so I treat it like a perennial, cutting it down completely in spring. It still makes five to six feet in height and width in a season

Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’ took a long time to start after the cold spring, but now there’s no stopping it. However, it decided to sprawl this year, rather than climb

My foxgloves have got very confused!

I found that fuchsias weren’t too happy with the hot, dry summer. Now that the weather has got cooler and damper, they are much happier. ‘Hawkshead’ in particular is putting on a good display just now

Luma appiculata is a tree from Chile that carries myrtle-type flowers in August. Last month, it started flowering again, and is still going strong

I planted rostrinucula dependens four years ago. It doesn’t start to flower until September, but has enjoyed the hot summer and mild autumn this year

I was surprised that salvia guaranatica ‘Black and Blue’ survived last winter

while salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ shows no sign of stopping yet

It’s nice to have reminders of summer in the middle of November.

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You have some cheering things there Andrew! Your foxglove is getting me confused as well! How nice to have a ceonothus out just now - I didn't know there was one that flowered twice. I don't know what variety mine is as I inherited it with the house but its definitely a once a year job. The Luma is beautiful - is it scented, it looks as though it ought to be!

14 Nov, 2013


Excellent blog Andrew its been a fantastic summer and my fuchsias have been wonderful now put to rest for the coming winter my hardy fuchsias have got frosted now.

14 Nov, 2013


Its a treat to see so many still in flower Andrew,we have been lucky here as the frost hasn't hit us yet either, I noticed a few flowers have appeared on my Honeysuckle, thats a first in over 20yrs.....

14 Nov, 2013


Superb :o)

14 Nov, 2013


Andrew ... I love each and every one of the plants you have shown on this blog ... heart warming on a cold day like today!

20 Nov, 2013

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