But even the longest-flowerers have started to tire. This is Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’, which has finally had enough:
Penstemons, Agastache, Erodium and Geraniums all came close to winning the longest-flowering prize. They have all been flowering since June. Having dispensed with flowers, Geranium ‘Orion’ has put on its glad rags for a final blast.
It has been a brilliant party, but now we are starting to sway.
It is that time of the night when you go to the loo and you realise that your eye-makeup has smudged, and you can’t really focus in order to put it right.
But you’ve still got a couple of dances in you yet. This is your song.
You’ve still got it.
You’ve got your backing singers.
A few adoring fans.
(Some at the bar are looking worse for wear, and clearly not appreciating you)
Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ is putting on her fur stole. Her car awaits.
Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’ is kissing everyone goodnight.
Mustn’t forget to drink some water before bed.
Now it is time to sleep. This weekend I will be cutting back and mulching, tucking everything in for the winter.
I know some gardeners object to ‘putting the garden to bed’. If I spend time in the garden in winter, it has to involve vigorous activity: digging, mulching, making new beds. Once that is done, I am more than happy to retire with a mulled wine and a mince pie, to snuggle on the sofa in woollies and slippers and gaze at some baubles and twinkly lights.
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No two years are ever the same. In 2019 I hope to grow new flowers from seed, and will be making brand new planting combinations for maximum joy.
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