Usually when I lose a plant, I treat it as an opportunity to try something else. After all, there are so many more I'd like to grow than there's room for. However, my Fuchsia 'Garden News' worked so well in my lower terrace bed I decided to replace it with one I found at the Malvern Spring Show. There's not that many hardy fuchsias with a double form and this one flounces its skirts so prettily. It's also good at arching itself over the wall which makes it particularly noticeable when taking the side path down into the garden.
On the upper terrace bed Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor' has grown particularly tall this year, despite its slow start after the winter. The flowers of magellanica type fuchsias always remind me of earrings. These are also providing a welcome splash of red amongst the mainly green or decaying foliage surrounding them.
The large terrace bed is home to Fuchsia 'Genii'. Its foliage hasn't quite been so garish this year - perhaps another consequence of the harsh winter and slow start to the season - and is lit up rather nicely by the sun's more slanted rays at this time of the year.
I have more surviving fuchsias elsewhere in my garden, but the ones in the terrace beds were looking at their best in the morning light when I took my camera for a walk. They may have been later to flower this year, but the unseasonably warm weather we've had over the past few weeks means they've still managed to have a long flowering season.
Just one sharp frost and all this will be gone...
Note: all 3 fuchsias have the Award of Garden Merit, as does my absolute favourite, Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'.
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.