River Lily - September 2016
This is the River Lily (Hesperantha coccinea, formerly classified as Schizostylis coccinea), and also known as the Crimson Flag, or Kaffir Lily.
This year it seems to have flowered early in my dad's garden, as it usually doesn't appear until the end of September. To find out more about this lovely flower, and to see more images, take a look at the article I wrote in October last year.
Four Feverfew - September 2016
We last saw the Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) back in June, but like many flowers at this time of year, we're seeing them return with a fresh set of blooms.
Deep Red - September 2016
The Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) have flowered all summer long in dad's garden, but not many have been quite so alluring as this dark red specimen.
Pelargonium Peeking - September 2016
Those that follow my blog regularly will know that I sometimes love to get as close as possible to nature, and see what is going on inside a flower. This was one of those occasions when I went peeking inside of a Pelargonium bloom.
Oxeye Eye Opener - September 2016
We're now in a situation where the seasons seem to be all muddled up. We have plants flowering for a second time, such as the Feverfew above, and others that are flowering out of season. The Oxeye Dasies (Leucanthemum vulgare) seem to be confused too. There are some that have only just opened, and are looking pristine...
Going out Gracefully - September 2016
...others that are trying to hang onto their beauty, and just don't want to admit defeat...
Oxeye Baldness - September 2016
...while others have happily gone bald, and have lost all of their petals!
Decaying Mopheads - September 2016
The Mophead Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) have definitely given up, and have admitted that it may be time to shut down for autumn.
Colours of Autumn - September 2016
Just in case there was any doubt that autumn was on its way, this collection of Sycamore leaves definitely have that autumnal look about them.
Cotoneaster Berries - September 2016
In fact the Cotoneaster bush was going a step further, and had already shod itself in its coat of bright red winter berries.
Rhododendron Regeneration - September 2016
Some plants were looking even further into the future, with this Rhododendron bush already starting to produce flower buds that would be opening next springtime.
Camellia Construction - September 2016
It wasn't the only plant in the garden doing this either, as you can see from the flower buds starting to form on this Camellia bush.
Strange Patterns - September 2016
I'm not sure what was going on with this Quince (Chaenomeles) fruit though. Does anyone know what that strange pattern is forming on the skin?
The Chase - September 2016
Meanwhile, up in the treetops, there was high drama! Ha! High drama! Hmm, anyway, a young Magpie (Pica pica) seemed very upset that a Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) wanted to sit in the tree with it. Every time the Dove landed, the Magpie set off after it. Very curious as I think Collared Doves have to be one of the most placid birds I can think of.
Cautious Parent - September 2016
I didn't encounter the juvenile Blackbird (Turdus merula) I'd seen for the past couple of weeks, but one of the parents was constantly patrolling where their nesting site had been.
Fallen Feather - September 2016
However, I had to wonder if the juvenile was still with us, as I'd found quite a few feathers laying around the garden, and it would explain the vigilance of the parent. This feather is from a Pigeon, but there were many others, including some smaller brown feathers scattered across the lawn.
Calling Cat - September 2016
Of course, those fallen feathers would be nothing to do with my photo shoot companion, would they? Of course not! Butter wouldn't melt, would it?
Delphinium Sampler - September 2016
Back in my own garden, I had another lovely coloured Larkspur (Delphinium) starting to flower. I wasn't the only one to love it either, as the number of bees visiting would attest.
Anemone Tomentosa Serenade - September 2016
My favourite new flower this week had to be this Japanese Anemone, variety Anemone tomentosa 'Serenade'. It is whiter than I had expected, as it was supposed to be a much deeper pink in colour.
Yellow Lupin - September 2016
I had quite a few late Lupin's (Lupinus) starting to flower also, with this yellow one being the latest.
Pink Pea - September 2016
I only have a small number of Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) in my garden, but they had put on a good display for most of the summer, and were really benefiting from me cutting them to bring indoors.
Pink Penstemon - September 2016
This Penstemon 'Hewell's Pink' has already flowered once this year, and is making a return after I cut it back a few weeks ago.
Rudbeckia Cake - September 2016
While the Rudbeckia that arrived in my garden unexpectedly have appeared in another patch of ground. Don't you think this one looks rather like a birthday cake?
Marigold - September 2016
My French Marigolds (Tagetes patula) have been another flower that have performed all summer long, and will continue until the first frosts, as long as I keep removing the spent flower heads.
Potato Harvest - September 2016
Finally, this week I got to harvest my Charlotte potatoes, and I can tell you that they taste delicious!
So, this week I've gone for River Lily as my Image of the Week, firstly because it was a bit of a surprise when it arrived so early, but also because it's one of my favourite flowers...