Thursday, 3 October 2013

Le Jardin early October



Russet tones of panicum 'Squaw', tails of pennisetum 'Karley rose', clumps of skyward reaching calamagrostis 'Karl foerster' - I never fail to love early October.


I have no idea which helenium this is. The yellow is stunning however and has gone on for months. It copes with it dryish too - bravo whatever you are. Panicum 'Northwind' is a star. Verbena bonariensis a thug. There's is nothing that self seeds so profusely in my garden, to the point of distraction as it's an ongoing battle weeding out the seedlings which race away to flower in September and early October.  


Sedum 'Matrona' with its red stems is undeniably beautiful, but in all honesty though I find good old 'Autumn joy' just as attractive at this time of year.


Another contender for the most prolific self seeder award - along with fennel - is the magnificent gaura lindheirmeri. The original white form does the best for me, 'Siskiyou pink' seems to have shyed away, reverted to white or whatever. Anyway, nay matter, the blanc is positively frothing and busting the 1.5 metre mark.


Perovskia and aster 'Fricatii' are slowing down.  Fricart's aster was in bloom way back in July so is good for four months or so.



The grass has 'greened' up again down by the river and is so much better for that! Amongst the green of the ferns below, somehow, in the deepest shade a fig has seeded itself. Vigorously growing away, who says fig needs full sun. Seems perfectly happy though unlikely to fruit where it is. Fig, by the way, is another addition to the prolific self seeders list. I frequently pull them from crevices and unusual corners.



Sun god is shaded by the ever reddening leaves of virginia creeper.


Sedums, sempervivums and jovibarba.


And Delopsperma.


The Pampass has 'pamped' again. I'm so glad they've made a recovery after being 'hammered' in the Grand Froid of two years ago. I reckon they'll be in full swing in another year or so. That's miscanthus sinensis  'Juli' to the right.


It's a big beast stretching 7 feet high and as much wide.


Miscanthus s. 'Malepartus' isn't quite as impressive as I imagined it would be. It's only year two, so next year maybe.



23 comments:

  1. so much goin on there..beautiful..wish I was there

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    1. Thanks Sharon

      Autumn in the Perigord is a wonderful season.

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  2. Gyönyörű, buja, csodás képek!:))

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  3. you have such a beautiful garden !!!!

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  4. Most beautiful, in all its splendors. You make me want to start planting grasses again.

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    1. Thanks Rosaria. Grasses are the absolute stars of the show at this time of year.

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  5. i love your grsasses, especially the pampas grass!

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  6. So, so lovely. That Gaura looks fantastic, and I just love the fern corner. The grasses are just magnificent too.

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    1. Thanks Bernie. The ferns get practically no sun yet the figs grows amongst them.

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  7. Hi Rob - we have recently bought a property fairly close to you - in Salignac. I have yet to find a good nursery in the area. I have read your comments about Willy de Wilde's place, but do you have any other recommendations? Your garden is gorgeous!
    many thanks

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    1. Hi Lyanne. Jardiland in Bergerac and Lumen, also in Bergerac are worth a visit.

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  8. Thanks so much Rob. I'll give them a try.

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  9. Hi Rob, I've just had a lovely pottle through your back posts! I've missed so much whilst I've been away from blogland but catching up is proving to be fun :-)
    Your grasses are superb - I hope mine hurry up and catch up! Your wildfire garden was wonderful again and I really am going to do one at the top of our garden at some point...no, no - I am!
    :-)

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    1. Hi Liz. The place looks different these days from when you visited.

      The 'meadow' looked superb by early July and then looked terrible after that. It kind of petered out and got taken over by bindweed. I think I oversowed and the second phase, all the yellow and golds stifled each other. The morale of this tale is that if you do a 'meadow; stick to the reccommended sowing rates - I used pictorial meadows seed.

      Hope you are all well

      cheers

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  10. Loved walking through your garden. Gaura is one of my favorites, though it is not in my garden at present. Will need to make some space for it in my new one. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Julie

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    1. Hi Julie. Thanks, gaura's an absolute star for me though it does seed itself about.

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  11. I imagine that this must be a particularly lovely time of the year in your neck of the woods and so much kinder on the plants. It looks absolutely great. Verbena bonariensis seedlings came up all over the place on the allotment one year so I imagine that your seedlings being much more prolific. The bees and butterflies will no doubt appreciate them though. Off to find out about panicum 'Northwind" :)

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    1. Paincum 'Northwind' is such a great plant. It is completely upright and remains so, not bothered by strong wind. Can't recommend it enough.

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