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Colour in October

04 October 2017 17:19:53

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These  days I am sure I use the secateurs cutting movement without even knowing it. I wonder do I do it in my sleep!! Well after another few hours with the secateurs I went for a wander.

There is still a lot of colour especially in parts of the hot border. Other parts are now bare earth . Good old Cuphea still going strong and as ever an Oriental poppy has to prove it is there. P.amplexicaulis is good for another few weeks. From the photo with the leaves of a Crocosmia across the front I will  need to go snipping those tomorrow.

Salvia ulignosa is really a wonderful blue. It gets so tall that I have to remind myself to look up. But it is worth raising the eyes.

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JoanG JoanG 04 October 2017 19:21:04

Gorgeous photos Elizabeth, your hot border is still zinging. You might be interested to know that Salvia uliginosa now features strongly in Blackrock park here, where they have been replanting the borders leading down from the main gate. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 October 2017 22:14:53

The hot borders are looking great so late in the season. I love the hydrangea in the first photo. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 October 2017 00:43:49

Love those photos! I bought a Cuphea a few weeks ago and it got hidden in among the "plants in waiting" - I have no idea what kind of conditions it likes - any tips please?

Jackie Jackie 05 October 2017 07:50:33

Great photos Elizabeth and still so much colour. I have Salvia uliginosa too and I just love it for its height and colour 

JoanG JoanG 05 October 2017 20:18:27

Cuphea should suit most garden soils Hazel, as long as it has reasonable sunshine. It originates from Mexico. 

Fleurette Fleurette 05 October 2017 22:57:54

What a huge border, Elizabeth!  So filled with great plants.  Are you finding that kaffir lilies/schizostylis/Hesperantha coccinea are doing brilliantly this year?  They certainly are here.  I’ve never seen them better and with such good depth of colour.  Justvlike your red ones in the picture.  In fact, this year I can see a distinct difference between H. Jennifer and Sunrise.  And strangely the one we call Mrs Hegarty is really looking puny and sick!   

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 October 2017 23:00:23

Thanks Joan. I have the perfect spot for it!


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