I hate wind.

(The weather kind of wind.  I’m apathetic about the other kind, unless it is particularly violent).

Wind really hacks me off.  And this is why:

  • your hair flies in your face and you end up eating it.
  • you are buffeted.  I don’t like being buffeted.
  • branches fall down.  And roof-tiles.  If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time this could really ruin your day.

It also makes everything messy.  I only like mess if it is also fun.  These are fun messes:

  • Cornflour paste and food dye.  Yes.
  • Finger-painting. In fact any sort of painting which involves squidging parts of your body in lovely thick paint.  Oh yes.
  • Deadheading delights or any sort of mess in a bucket or in the compost heap.  Contained mess is good.
  •  Chocolate.  Melted, smashed, dropped on the floor, around your mouth, even in your hair.  Any sort of chocolate mess is a good sort of mess.

I took my camera for a walk in the wind.  I was buffeted.  I ate some hair.  But I didn’t have any incidents with tree branches or roof tiles.

The garden is looking distinctly messy.  This is partly the wind, but partly my neglect in recent weeks.  And partly just because autumn in a little bit messy.  I am trying to embrace this.

Take Persicaria ‘Blackfield’.  It does look a little bit scruffy, but I like it.  The purple blobs of Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ and the green blobs of leaves are helping me like it more.

Persicaria ‘Blackfield’

I enjoyed this wiggly one.  The sticky-outy stamens and bits of fluff, and slightly dead bits add to the fun.  This is a fun sort of mess.

Persicaria ‘Blackfield’

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a gregarious sort of a geranium.  All summer long it has been romping around, roaming the border, becoming entangled with its neighbours.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Its flowers point in all directions, like satellite dishes waiting for signals.  It is a nosy parker, and cannot keep a secret.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Far more contained and upstanding is Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’.  This has been buffeted by the wind, but its diminutive stature means that it shrugs it off and remains upright.  It is an oasis of calm amongst the chaos.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’

This gorgeous blue creature pops up every year at the base of our rowan tree.  I love its cool blue flowers against the maroon foliage and calyces.  It is a bit messy, but this is good mess.

Ceratostigma (Blue plumbago)*

This is Buddleia ‘Flower Power’.  I bought it for its name, and the psychedelic promise.  If you look at suppliers’ pictures, the flowers have an ombre effect of blue to pink, with orange centres.  You know I love an ombre, and I love purple and orange.  Sadly the reality is that ‘Flower Power’ has neither of these things.  It is just not messy enough.  Let’s speak very quietly here, because I don’t like to offend, but it is both garish and dull, and I didn’t think that that was possible.

Buddleia ‘Flower Power’

This is an unknown variety of Buddleia, and slightly unremarkable.  As is the photo, except for the glittery, jittery light spots.  I do love light spots.  Another fine sort of mess.


This is a marvellous sort of a mess.  This is like a mutant spider with rather more legs than a spider needs.  And they are wonderfully hairy too.  All the best legs are.

Clematis seedhead

This one really takes the biscuit.  This is a dust bunny sort of a mess.  It is Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’.  You can see it here in its prime.  I forgive it for being a complete dog’s dinner now because it has been so fantabulous for months.  It’s a diva.  Of course it’s not going to go quietly.

Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’

Here’s a feather duster.  Will this help?

Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia ‘Amistad’ is joyfully messy.  Look at it effervescing with the slightly bedraggled Rosa ‘Benjamin Britten’ (you can see more of him here).


And here’s a happy accident.  An oops baby.  I have no idea where it came from.  Honestly.  I found it under a cabbage patch.  It is self-seeded, and its parentage unknown.  It is wonderful.


From all angles.


Even with moth-holes.


The flowers are like fairy-lights, which are always in a tangled mess, but a good sort of mess.


Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’ is ragged at the edges.  Aren’t we all?  It may not be a good sort of a mess, but it is asking for our love and understanding.  I’m going to give it a hug.

Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’ with Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’

I love the magenta clash with the scarlet Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’.  And those little antennae are adorable.

Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ with Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’

I think we just have to stand and enjoy Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’.  I am being buffeted, but it is worth it.

Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’

At this point, the sun was shining, but it started to rain.  It was happy rain, though.  Not wet rain.  The rain drops were spaced out, so as to not get anything wet.  This is my kind of rain.  If only wind could be as obliging.

I lost myself in ‘Thomas a Becket’ and took another photo.  Thomas makes a good mess.

Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’

I can just about tolerate the mess of Euphorbia schlingii.  This is a conflagration sort of a mess.  Which is good, because it is dramatic and short-lived, and will sort itself out.

Euphorbia schlingii

Ah.  Here’s an entanglement.  Ruby has stolen a pear, and is eating it.  Ziggy is watching over Ruby, not sure what to do.  He knows she is a carnivore and should not be eating fruit-based foodstuffs.  He also knows that if he comes to tell me, Ruby will be cross, because he will have dobbed her in.  He is avoiding the issue and avoiding my gaze.  He also wants the pear.  He is in a moral mess.


It is simpler for everyone to gaze into the distance.


Let’s take in the bigger picture for a moment, and just enjoy those trees.  They are a lovely mess.


Sometimes you have to sit back and wait for things to unfold.  Once the storm has blown itself out, you can think clearly. You will know what needs to be done.

Do you like autumn?  Or wind? Or mess?  Do you have a favourite sort of mess?    

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*Thank you to the wonderful Susan Rushton for identifying this plant for me this week!

26 Comments Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Ziggy’s quandary made me laugh! Having been born in Wellington NZ, famous for being a very windy city, I have always had a dislike of wind. I dislike it even more when it tears down the blossom from my garden, though a mess of blossoms on the ground looks rather nice. I have two Ceratostigma in my garden a blue and a less often seen white one. Just now their leaves are beginning to make an appearance and I’m waiting impatiently to see their flowers.

    1. Ali says:

      Poor Ziggy. When he doesn’t know what to do he just stares!

  2. You’re so right – Autumn is the messy season! But it’s a bit futile to fight it, as it’s going to run its course regardless. (I never understand people raking leaves in a gale force wind 🙂 ) Salvia is such a great autumn plant – ours also flowers profusely (in Autumn). Your photos are not messy though – always a pleasure to go through.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Martin.

  3. The photos of Geranium Rozanne are beautiful and I’m enjoying reading your blog.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Heather, that is lovely to hear. X

  4. I love Autumn and I love a good mess. Our garden is messy right now too but in a good way thought the wild winds have rather overdone their energy recently. I’m not fond of eating hair and I don’t like bitter winds but the warm, balmy ones….. those I love. 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      Oh yes! For a balmy breeze right now!

  5. Heyjude says:

    Blowing a hooley here and we are supposed to be having our glass sky lantern fitted today! There could be one heck of a mess! As for your garden, it still looks lovely. I too am not fond of eating hair and it also interferes with taking photos! As for macro shots, forget it. Nothing less than calm will do for them.

    1. Ali says:

      Oh no! I hope it went well!

      1. Heyjude says:

        Tough these Cornish chaps!

  6. bcparkison says:

    And you really can’t do anything until the wind stops. then the clean up will begin. We have a new storm possibily coming into the Gulf . Time will tell.

    1. Ali says:

      Oh no! Hope it’s not a severe one. X

      1. bcparkison says:

        Me too. Right now they don’t know much …just that is has possibilities.

  7. Wind can be a challenge! You’ve put a wonderfully humorous spin on your windy challenge, however, in this post. I especially like this line: “And they are wonderfully hairy too. All the best legs are.” I wonder if there is a term for plants having human characteristics – like personification or anthropomorphism – how about plantomorphism? Shall we coin a new term?! ! In any case, you’ve woven a wonderful tale of plants and their sneaky ways after a wind! I thoroughly enjoyed this post! Thanks!

    1. Ali says:

      Plantomorphism! I love a good neologism! Thank you; I am pleased you enjoyed it. X

      1. I did! And, you’re welcome! 🙂

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Autumn is a messy time, for sure. I feel like I’m just biding my time until frost kills the lot. I need to get out there and start chopping things down, but it needs to stop raining. No problem with the water table this year.

    1. Ali says:

      I love having a good chop and clear!

  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Very enjoyable read…poor Ziggy, LOL! Not too keen on the wind here either, especially when it wants to flatten our fences…. Never mind, our Geranium Rozanne is doing a splendid job of distracting me from a very overgrown, semi wind-flattened clump of Japanese anemones that need a good ‘sort’. And there’s a few other things that I shall let Rozanne distract me from too….

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you, Ann.

  10. FlowerAlley says:

    My bunnies get into messes like this also.

  11. susurrus says:

    Thanks for the thanks! You’re very sweet. I love the geranium – from every angle.

  12. Cathy says:

    Thank you for putting up with buffeting to supply us with lovely pictures of messy blooms. Personaly, I quite like Wind – not when there is a risk of danger to life (or trees) of course, but I like to hear the different sounds and see the movement created by its invisible hands. And I don’t have a Hair Problem as you could stand me in a wind tunnel and my hair would not be any different although I myself might be flattened 😉

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