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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
September 2012

September 30th
Still about 4 Red Admirals in the garden, despite some heavy rain in the last week and temperature down to +3.6c last night. They are gradually exhausting the food supply from the plants still in flower. Time to find somewhere to hibernate I reckon.
I have been replacing the plastic bubble as mentioned in the last blog, the greenhouse insulation panels are now ready for use, as and when the frosts return. I still have to replace some of the plastic bubble on the panels I use for the Musa basjoo banana protection.
We have been out walking a bit more now we are not so involved in the garden. It makes a pleasant change, yesterday was a gorgeous day for walking, sunny but not hot.

Hibiscus 'Newbiscus Mauvelous' brought into the conservatory as the weather has turned for the worst.
The flowers are late this year and are as big across as my hand,

Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' seed pods, which won't ripen this year as they need more time to develop and dry off.

Lilium 'Pimento' flowering late in a pot.

September 18th
It's getting colder, the Red Admirals after rising to a peak of 13 at one time in the garden, have diminished to 6 today.
I need to replace the plastic bubble covers on the insulation frames I use in the greenhouse and banana houses, the ultra violet light "rots" the plastic after about three years.
I have been watering the garden nearly every day for the last week, the sun and wind dries our light soil very quickly.
Plenty of colour still in the gardens, so we will keep it going as long as possible.

A view between the Banana leaves

Canna 'Reine Charlotte' 

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' 

Brugmansia candida 'Bergkonigin' 

Dahlia 'Fashion monger' 

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Pink'     Every know and then, it isn't sure it really is a pink flower. If it flowered like this all the
time, it may be worth some money ?

September 13th
The number of Red Admirals in the garden at one time today was ten. Eight in Lyn's garden and two in mine. 
I also saw a Comma, the first this year, unfortunatley it had flown by the time I got back out with the camera.
Lyn has been digging up a few plants in her garden, and putting a few in. She also cut down hard a Savlia 'Kew red'. It had got massive, even after moving it this time last year.
The only problem is, was it too late to cut down, it will no doubt put up new growth, but it will be soft growth, depends when we start getting a frost.
Which leads me on to the temperature last night, which went down to +4.3, but warmed up nicely during the day.
One of the Red Admirals was sat on the conservatory roof, taking the last rays of sun before it set this evening, as soon as the sun stopped shining on it, it flew off, I no not where.

Two of the Red Admirals on Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike' 

And a close up of Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike' which also attracts many bees and hoverflies.

Osteospermum 'Flower Power' series pink and white together.

Plenty of colour left in the back garden.

September 8th
Continuing with the insects seen in the garden, here are a few more taken today.
I think they are all Hoverflies, but I may be wrong.

A male Helophilus trivittatus


Eristalis tenax

I know what this is. A view across part of the 'Exotic garden.

Yesterday I posted a picture of pink Osteospermum 'Flower Power' series, this is one of the same but in white.

September 7th
A cool night last night +4.8c at the airport around 7am. But it warmed up with blue skies again all day.
Two of the Red Admirals are still around in the garden and yesterday we had a Painted Lady butterfly, but it didn't stay long. Lots of Bees around too, but I don't know the names of them.
We also had the first flower open on a Thunbergia gregorii  which we bought earlier this year, hopefully more flowers on it later, and we hope to over winter it.

The Painted Lady on Eupatorium maculatum. 

A Bee I don't know the name of on Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca.

One of the Red Admirals on a 2 metre tall Eupatorium maculatum

A poor picture of Thunbergia gregorii, I will try to do a better one later.

A pink Osteospermum 'Flower Power' series

September 4th

September weather has started off well, good amounts of sunshine and warm.
It's good to see some butterflies around now, more than we have seen all summer. Red Admirals are in the majority, feeding on Verbena bonariensis, Rudbeckia laciniata 'Goldsturm', and Eupatorium purpureum.
The gardens are still looking good although some of the Phlox paniculata in Lyn's garden have mildew, not surprising with all the rain we had during the summer.

Our open days for next year have been decided, and have been sent to the National Garden Scheme (yes already). Hopefully we will have a better summer than this year.
The money we raised for the National Garden Scheme charities is down by about 40% this year, due to the lower number of visitors to the garden. It is not just our garden, but many others as well, so not good.
The Ferndown in bloom winners are to be announced later this month, why the secrecy this  year I have no idea, as the gardens where judged in July.

Red Admiral

Speckled Wood

Part of Lyn's front garden