Saturday, 7 September 2013

Honesty is the best policy! ;-)

There are still some lovely things going on in our garden!

As the brilliance of the July annuals fades and disappears

 for another year, the Dahlias make their entrance.

And a strong one it is, for sure!

Just as bold and bright as the summer flowers,

they are a very welcome sight at the beginning of September.

And then there is this beautiful Anemone, which I found recently

I'm just waiting to find place to plant it.

 I  really love the tone of mauve/pink.

And so, for the moment, the garden is getting on quite nicely,

and a grand tidy up will have to wait !

Mind you, we've not had much rain in South Devon, this summer...

at least not in my area ! So a downpour, last night,

 and another today, has been very welcome.


Tomatoes..well what can I say...a real success this year!

And as for the red hot chilli peppers...!

Well done Nich...I was just the waterer!!

You simply cannot beat a home grown greenhouse tomato!

I don't do things by the book!

I collect seeds when I fancy; sow them when I fancy...and I usually

have success.

Late spring saw me eyeing up some very large clumps of Honesty

in the hedgerow, as I was driving back and forth. 

The pretty purple certainly was a sight. 

I waited ...and waited. Patiently.

Then one day, Mr S kindly cut me a few of these

seed heads and I dried them, in the kitchen.

Honesty is also known as Lunaria; the name comes from the word 'lunar',

the seed cases being moon shaped.

In fact, Honesty is probably best known for its seed cases

rather than its flowers, each case being round, flat, translucent and papery.

The wonder of nature, eh?

I know that I'm really late sowing them...some inside, some outside.

But they will survive...

...just like all the other things I have collected and sown recently;

mostly Foxgloves and Poppies.

Looking around, it's been a fantastic summer in the garden

 and if I had to choose anything as my summer fave, I'd choose this Passion Flower

which has trailed constantly over a dead tree trunk, producing so many buds

and brightening up a corner of the garden.

Prolific or has gone on for months!

I think it was just lucky to be planted in the right spot and it seems to

be exceedingly happy where it is.



Ju bohomumma said...

they look lovely - I love passion flowers - even the name sounds amazing. Honesty always reminds me of my great aunt who grew it in her garden and gave us some of the dried seed heads - she was a lovely lady so I always smile whenever I see them!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Everything looks beautiful Sal. Your tomatoes and peppers look yummy. Good to hear that you received a nice rain. I hope we get a good rainy season here in Southern California. We we do the garden seems to do so much better.
Enjoy your day and garden. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden.