Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Delargo Gardens - September

Well be lovelies, here we are again and late again. I am all behind like a cow's tail.

Summer is over and I feel cheated by it! what a rubbish Summer it was too, What with that and the ever encroaching weed trees depriving us of any sunlight that there might have been we are forced rethink the garden for next year! 

Shade, shade and more shade. We and our plants need and want Sun, sun, sun. Next year the garden will be even more shaded by the evil weed trees.

Summer is gone but what i love about our garden is how it changes and gives new delights as the seasons progress. Above is our Cobaea, which has just come into flower this month.

  It's the first time we have grown this and I love it. Ricinus communis, 'New Zealand Purple' Next year I think we shall have two one either side of the Purple Cordyline

New Guinea Impatiens have given us so much colour and take the shade well. I think we will be using them a lot more next year.

Just starting to flower now, Ipomoea Lobata.

It is always a joy but almost impossible to photograph well.

New to us and sown from seed this Spring 'Agastache Cana, 'Heather Queen'

 and our tried and trusted, Agastache Liquorice Blue. The leaves do smell of liquorice.

The Salvias are truly coming into their own now and are starting to dominate the garden. This is Salvia Rockin Fuchsia.

Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue'

 The wonderful and never to be without, Salvia Amistad.

Above is Salvia uliginosa (Bog Sage) with Salvia 'Nachtvlinder' below.

Salvia 'Love and Wishes'

September has seen the last flowers on our Daylilies. This is Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'. It has flowered really well this year and has been a great joy.

Not performing so well this year, our Dahlias. They are flowering but have failed to give us the display that we have come to expect from them.

Our 'Bishop's Children' seedling.

and 'Bishop of Llandaff'

Crocosmia Emily McKenzie started flowering last month and is looking fab this month. We love it.

If you need a big splash of colour in your garden this time of year then Begonia 'Sangria' will certainly do the job for you.

Our last Petunia this year and probably for the foreseeable future. They have struggled with the lack of sunshine and will be replaced with Begonias, New Guinea Impatiens and (if we can get them) Mimulus.

Verbena bonariensis always looks fab where ever it is but at the moment mixed in with the tall Salvias it looks amazing.

What can you say about this plant that has not already been said? Geranium "Rozanne". It never stops flowering and is a must have in any garden.

 Another good doer is Nicotiana affinis. It has been flowering non stop since late Spring and shows no sign of stopping now. The scent in the evening is just gorgeous.

Tiny flowers but still a delight Ipomoea quamoclit 'Cardinalis'.

 There tiz then me lovelies. Now all aboard the Sky Lark for a coach tour of the extensive gardens and grounds here at 'Delargo Towers'.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Before we all make our way to the Tea Rooms, we have just time for a sneak preview of the New Year Fuchsia-fest. 

Fuchsia "Elfrieda Ott":

There Tiz then me darlins till next time.

Now don't you worry me dears, shade or no shade we will carry on gardening - as we say where I come from "You cant change the wind but you can adjust your sails."

And the Spirit of the Woods will always look after us.



  1. Despite everything this summer's thrown at it, the garden is looking fabulous! Jx

  2. You had me with the Cobaea. So beautiful. With it still being warm here, much of our flowering annuals are still going strong...a few weeks past last year, and the salvia are gigantic. Unfortunately, the heat finally took the fuchsias. It will be sad when the first frost it will claim most that night. But we have a few weeks till that fate yet.

    1. As one plant comes to the end of it's season so the next ones come into flower. Enjoy the annuals while you can and your gigantic Salvias sound wonderful.

  3. Your 'Crimson Pirate' is gorgeous, but my favourite Delargo Gardens flower this month is Salvia 'Nachtvlinder' - what a beautiful colour! As Jon has said, your garden is (still) looking fabulous!

    Your Wine Time Corner Black-eyed Susie is going great guns! How many plants make up that tower?

    Are you going to grow new Ricinus from seed next year, or will you try and over-winter those two? I'm going to have a go at over-wintering mine, but I must remember to collect the seeds, just in case.
    Speaking of collecting seeds, I need to go out and collect some from the various Ipomoea as I noticed some 'Kniolas Black' seedlings sprouting up yesterday...

    1. Hello dear, Yes we are well into seed gathering time but please remember that every part of Ricinus is highly poisonous. With out a green house will will grow from seed again next Spring.
      'Nachtvlinder' is a joy and has flowered all Summer. It's leaves are scented, Jon hates the smell but I like it !

  4. What are the weed trees that are throwing too much shade? Are they Leylandii, or something similar?
    Despite the shade, and the poor Summer, you still have some gorgeous photos here - I'd like to try the Nicotiana affinis, as I like heavy scented blooms.

    1. Sycamore trees are the main culprit.
      We be looking out for shade tolerant plants for next year so there will be some changes. Nicotiana affinis is an ideal plant for us and I recommend it in any garden