End of the Month View – October 2016

16_10_26_3589It is quite amazing how little has changed over the last 9 weeks since the EoMV for August. The shadows are getting longer and we move our clocks one hour back this week end with the end of summer time so the evening really will get dark quickly. We have had no frost yet so all of the more tender plants continue to shine. Actually there are more dahlias in flower now.16_10_26_3596The Dahlia Twyning’s After Eight has produced so many flowers despite a lack of dead heading (I had assumed that any day now the tubers would be going into store for the winter so deadheading would not be worth doing!).16_10_26_3603Similarly Dahlia Bishop Of Llandaff and Dahlia Bishop of Auckland16_10_26_3608Bishop of Auckland is a lovely dahlia. It has velvety, crimson, single flowers on near-black stems, in contrast with dark green-red leaves. As the flowers age the edge of the petals have an almost incandescent blue tinge.16_10_26_360516_10_26_3591Dahlia David Howard also continues to perform.16_10_26_3604Looking back towards our house along the south west facing border. In places plants are looking dry and finished but the sheer number of flowers is incredible.16_10_26_3595From the same spot looking to the south west16_10_26_3606A sign of the days moving towards winter when Cosmos Purity gets too large and falls over but it is still flowering.16_10_26_3599There are seed heads everywhere. Here the seed head from an Agapanthus.16_10_26_3602And here the dried up remains of Miss Wilmott’s Ghost with very nice grasses behind. We grow these from seed but unfortunately did not record what they were!16_10_26_3597A corner of the pergola with Eucomis in the foreground and Euphorbia mellifera  in the background.16_10_26_3592Many roses continue to flower. This is Rosa Mutablis which has now been flowering since last May. Mutablis illustrates the typical China rose trait of darkening with age, instead of fading. Single petals open sulfur yellow, changing through orange to a rich pink and finally crimson. Bright, silky flowers of all these colors will often be on display at the same time, looking as if a group of multi-colored butterflies has settled on the bush. This aspect earned Mutabilis its common name–”The Butterfly Rose”. 08_06_16_2673Rosa Mutablis last May, six months of beautiful flowers.16_10_26_3614Just as I was about to finish this blog there was a spectacular sunset. This photograph is taken from our conservatory (see photograph above) and is looking across the garden towards the west. The old kitchen garden garden wall (1704) can be seen on the right. Originally it would have continues across the picture, to the left, where there is an arch and rose bed.

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19 thoughts on “End of the Month View – October 2016

  1. Your dahlias are all still looking wonderful, you still have so much colour in the garden. I love Rosa mutabilis, it is seldom out of flower. I have another gorgeous Rosa chinensis which always looks fantastic too. It is called ‘Bengal Beauty’.
    What an amazing photo of the sunset over the garden, absolutely stunning.

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  2. I love those grasses. And Rosa Mutabilis is my favourite rose. Such a beauty. I’m looking for a rose called Bengal Beauty which I saw in a client’s walled garden. Beautiful sunset, Steve. Such a glorious view. x

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  3. I’m envious of all your dahlias, especially Twynings After Eight. I’ve made the reluctant decision to stop growing them because whatever I do I just can’t keep the slugs at bay. Rosa mutabilis is definitely in my future though, really must take the plunge next year. It’s just a case of finding a big enough space for it.

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  4. Gosh, your garden is absolutely gorgeous with some great plants. What a fabulous wall and view over the surrounding landscape. I’m pretty sure that grass is a Miscanthus (but not sure which one). I’ve enjoyed having a look around your lovely blog – thank you for visiting mine, which led me to yours!

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  5. Oh, you have so many beautiful flowers. I too am a big fan of the Rosa mutabilis. Such a great plant that I have been lusting over for a couple of years now. I still don’t have one – I honestly don’t have any more room until something else comes out. 😦 For now, I will enjoy it vicariously through yours. Your view i fabulous too – I love the old wall!

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