Saturday, 15 November 2014
The blooms at VP Gardens are breaking all kinds of records this month, with all of my late season perennials hanging on and flowering in profusion. My garden's had just one slight frost so far this autumn, which hasn't been enough to bring these plants to their knees.
I've been meaning to tell you all about my favourite fuchsia for quite a while, but I never imagined a November Blooms Day would be the ideal time to fulfil that promise. In most Novembers, the pictured blooms would be a soggy, brown looking mess by now.
I adore the elegant simplicity of Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'. Its porcelain white flowers remind me of dainty ballerinas dancing across the stage. They're a more delicate looking form which belies their hardiness. I see the common name for this species is Lady's eardrops, and I've often thought the flowers would make great earrings.
I forgot to prune the branches down to the ground in the spring and my neglect's been rewarded with the most prolific flowering yet. It seems this and its other hardy F magellanica cousins can withstand this treatment. In time they may become a bit woody and outgrow their allotted space, but I've found the 'rule' regarding annual pruning can be disregarded for a good 2-3 years.
Elsewhere in the garden I still have salvias and dahlia flowers a-plenty and it looks like it'll be a while before I need to bring out the dahlia duvet. 2014's record breaking warmth continues...
How's your garden this month?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.