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Late Autumn revellers

  • Late Autumn revellers
  • Late Autumn revellers
  • Late Autumn revellers
  • Late Autumn revellers

At this time of year, most garden plants go into general shutdown. Nights draw in. It's all a bit drab. I hear we are in for another wet Winter. But there are notable exceptions. Forsythia shows its cheerful yellow flowers. Iris foetedissima offers up its berry pods, like little orange-centred Revels. Nerines pimp the border, very much the shade of pink Hyacinths earlier in the year. And somehow, weirdly out of whack, we have a November flowering Hebe, covered in buds and flowers behaving as if it's early Spring.

I like Autumn, I like the Fall and Winter colours. It's how it's meant to be. But I also like these late night revellers who give a buzz to the garden long after the others have gone to bed.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower


    I thought Forsythia is a spring plant. The best one I ever saw was pruned against a dark shed backdrop at Waterperry. It looked stunning.

    My nerines are long over but my fuchsia is still going strong.

    I'd contemplated going to the allotment today but the soil's too soggy and I'll only damage it.

  2. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Yes my Forsythia may be mixed up.

    Spring-blooming trees and shrubs that flower later in Autumn are often an indication that growth slowed down or stopped earlier in the year due to stress, but then kickstarted again when conditions improved. Who knows what that stress might have been this year - the shock of a warm, dry summer??

    It certainly surprised us ;-)

  3. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Nice blooms for this time of year. I'm amazed at what's still flowering in my garden. Geraniums, Astrantia, Leucanthemums, Hosta and Verbascum to name a few. Not forgetting some of the Roses. It's just a pity there are no bees around to enjoy them.
    Anemone and Astrantia flowering this week

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