Friday Flora 20.10.17

Sure there are blooms still coming and going in Autumn but it is this time of year when all a garden’s flaws come to the fore. This is invariably due to a lack of form – the shapes and configurations of evergreen backdrops and planting structures. Without a good sprinkling of seedheads, architectural plants, or even a greenhouse of tender plants and succulents, the garden is going to look bear and drab until Spring.

rudbeckias in autumnRudbeckias are a sensationally colourful mass which then become a textured crowd of bobbing brown cephlapods – best kept in situ until they become a flattened, damp mat

stonecrop sedum
stonecrops are made for stone pots

Since they come in so many different shapes and heights as well as being very undemanding plants, Sedums provide carpets of interest and quite a few are late bloomers too.

In fact, fleshy foliage from sedums, succulents and cacti draw my attention more and more – perhaps its an age thing when we appreciate the beauty of strange and often superficially ugly forms. Their immobile nature creates a strong sense of stillness especially when collected together – something to meditate upon and watch the spiders use them as weaving looms.


FF_newzealand_flax_october 2107Phormiums are statuesque and have lovely leaf detail though they are prone to grow up and outward to eye-prodding level so I have some reservationsFF_grassheads_october 2107

Ornamental grasses of all heights with seedheads that reach for the blue skies of Autumn or swish and shimmy in October winds are simply marvellous

and seen in monochrome, akin to Japanese brushwork.

grassheads monochrome - like japanese painting
 Ah! Summer grasses!
All that remains
Of the warriors’ dreams
Matsuo Bassho

Here endeth today’s  Friday Flora! A recent visit to Myddelton House brought out the gardener-without-a-garden behind the camera. Wishing all a Happy Friday – storm Brian is planning to ruffle our hair this weekend.

Related post:
Focus on blooms – Friday Flora 13.10.17

Cacti are not just strange fibrous forms lying in stillness as evidenced by this time lapse of their exotic flowering
Home of renowned English plantsman, painter and botanist A. E. Bowles (1865 to 1954)-Myddelton House Gardens

Friday Flora – Trees, Shrubs and Flowers in and around London streets, parks and gardens, including my windowsill


7 thoughts on “Friday Flora 20.10.17

  1. “perhaps its an age thing when we appreciate the beauty of strange and often superficially ugly forms” – perhaps… the photos definitely bring out the mesmerizing facets of the floral world we tend to just walk on by…

  2. I agree with alongtheinterstice – I think we often tend to just walk by plants that don’t scream attention with their colours. I quite like succulents, too, although I found I can’t sustain them, I killed them all off, unfortunately.
    The grasses are pretty, especially in monochrome.

  3. The monochrome grass shot is especially striking. For the first time I’ve been thinking I need grasses in the garden, so have just today received some infants to go over the fence where we might see them do their stuff this time next year. It’s interesting how tastes change and new fascinations arise often replacing past, well entrenched prejudices. Am also a big fan of rudbeckia. I have some plants coming at the allotment – grown last year from seed. But am presently lacking a good location where they can show themselves off en masse as in your photo. Actually my garden simply isn’t big enough. Ah well. Lovely shots all round, Laura.

    1. Rudbeckia in a large pot would have this impact scaled down 😉 grasses were a garden fad a while back with prairie and drought planting but with all the different sizes and forms and non-static nature they are on my wish list for the day I have a garden!
      Ps has ‘Brian’ arrived in your part of the country yet?

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