I awoke this morning having had a ‘Late Summer Night’s Dream’ wherein our garden was bursting with snowdrops all in bloom and looking magnificent.
I realised that this ‘vision’ must have been commissioned by my sub-conscience. Having recently visited a local mega-store with a garden centre attached they had, just inside the sliding front doors, a flashy ‘Point-of-Sale’ display ordering us to buy bulbs for next Spring. Snowdrops were leading the attack.
Goodness me, we haven’t even finished summer yet, let alone autumn. My mind was on buying a Mexican Black Dahlia. We all know there is no such thing as a black dahlia any more than a black tulip, but with its deep red single petals fanning out of from a knitted yellow centre, this is definitely a favourite.
I was also watching out for the late flowering Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Carousel Jolly Heart’ also known as the swamp rose mallow.
This bushy perennial has large white funnel shaped flowers, with a vivid deep raspberry pink centre which contrast beautifully against the dark purple foliage.
I think it would have been a happier outing if the mega-stores stopped trying to flog bulbs in August (there’s plenty of time for planting them later) and concentrated more on stocking a wider range of late summer plants.
Anyway, as August bids farewell you know what happens next don’t you? Exactly, garden centres morph into Christmas wonderland! The whole place swaps its identity and becomes less and less to do with gardens and more and more to do with Santa’s sack. Perfectly acceptable in November but do we really want it pushed down our throats when we can still enjoy warm summer evenings in the garden and the kids have yet to go back to school?
www.rhsplants.co.uk (for Dahlia)
www.crocus.co.uk (for Hibiscus)