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The Late Late Flower Show


By AndrewR


The long mild autumn has had a strange effect on some plants. I took all these photos this afternoon – none of these should be in flower now.

Ceanothus ’Gloire de Versailles. This flowers both in the summer and the autumn but obviously thinks it’s still in California

And this is a Mexican enjoying life – salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

I gave up deadheading rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ a week ago but still it carries on flowering. I’ve only ever known it to be in bloom this late once before

According to the books, I shouldn’t be able to grow lobelia laxiflora var angustifolia outside all through the year, let alone have it in flower now

Hypoxis hirsuta flowers from spring to summer – and now

This anemone japonica ‘Whirlwind’ is getting its second wind too

While clematis ‘Jackmannii’ has lots of stamina

For sheer number of flowers, rosa ‘The Fairy’ winds hands down

Not to be outdone, this lemon verbena is celebrating St Andrew’s Day

What flowers are unseasonably late in your garden?

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Interesting blog, Andrew....
Amazing to see so much still in flower ...
....December tomorrow !

Some of those which I would not expect to have blooms now in my garden..but they are flowering away.. roses, hebe, and erodium bishops form.

30 Nov, 2009


they are late ones andrew, i have a sunflower which has a tiny flower struggling, it was seeded in my garden so i potted it up and its hanging on by its petals lol
still have some labelia which has been wonderfull, and some fuchsia buds just opened to, dont think they will be much longer its getting so cold here now,
lovely pics andrew

30 Nov, 2009


Lovely Andrew.....can you confirm Salvia "Hot Lips" as mychrophilla....thought it was Jamesii

30 Nov, 2009


AA - the seller told me it was microphylla and the label said microphylla so that's what has gone on my plant database

30 Nov, 2009


it's nice to see some late flowerers still around. I lost my Hot Lips last year :(

1 Dec, 2009


Thanks Andrew.......Grindle.....I'm sure you will get them back soon....LOL :))

1 Dec, 2009


Lovely pics Andrew, I have lots still flowering. A couple of my Hebes look even better than they did earlier this summer, my Whirlwind is flowering again too :-)

1 Dec, 2009


Yes, lots, Andrew - too many to list, really, but Salvia greggii, jamesii and microphylla, Chrysogonum, Hebes, Corydalis ochraleuca, Gazania, Scabiosa, Aster frikartii 'Monch' and Dianthus are just some of them. Only an odd rose now, though.

1 Dec, 2009


I'm suprised (and jealous) that your Clematis jackmanii is still in bloom; mine gave up months ago.

1 Dec, 2009


If you look carefully, you can see it made so much growth this year, the weight has pulled the supporting wire mesh off the fence. I think I might forego feeding it next year

1 Dec, 2009


LOL Spritz

2 Dec, 2009


I would be impressed with the line up at any time of the year! It scares me though. Many of my perennial poppies have put forth a love head of new leaves. Surely they wont survive the winter if they are busy growing tender leaves now?

6 Dec, 2009


The leaves will be killed off but poppies are tough. If you've ever tried to move them, you will find even the smallest piece of root left behind will grow again

6 Dec, 2009

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