Saturday, 5 October 2013
'Tis the season - in danger of falling fruit, mystical fruitiness and all that.
Plenty to eat from the plot as usual especially fruit - blackberries, raspberries, grapes, pears, tons of plums and apples.
And spiders - lots of spiders:
Late season plants for pollinators
Many of the plants for bees and butterflies which were flowering in summer are still going strong: phacelia, nepeta, nicotiana, rose campion, snapdragons and the lovely cosmos:
And these helechrysum...
...still popular with the bees...
Not forgetting the scabious:
And the Verbena bonariensis:
Some like this Anthemis tinctoria "Sauce Hollandaise" are having a second flowering:
Whilst the perrennial wallflower "Bowle's Mauve" has been flowering non-stop since early spring:
Then there are those which save their display until now. Amongst them are the asters; some of the older varieties are prone to mildew but others like "Little Carlow" are always reliable:
This A. frikartii "Monch" has been flowering since July...
...But this A. novae angliae "Barr's Pink" which I planted new this year has only just opened it's buds:
You can see where the comma gets it's name from:
Another new one which has just come out is this Eupatorium purpureum subsp "Atropurpureum", another great butterfly plant:
But the bees favourite at the moment is this Helenium "Lemon Queen":
Also in colour: