Top 5 Flowers for October

The temperatures may have plummeted over the last few days, but our garden is still an explosion of colour, thanks to some savvy planting by Ade earlier in the year. Here are our favourite five flowers which keep our back garden blooming, despite the chill!

In no particular order…

  1. Cyclamen
    I was first introduced to this hardy perennial at my parents’ house in Suffolk a few years ago. It was the middle of winter, and freezing, yet a pot of the prettiest pink flowers brazenly bloomed when everything else had died back for the season.

Cyclamen

Ade potted-up these cyclamen a few weeks ago and they’re sitting happily in window boxes, providing a splash of colour in our otherwise bare front garden.

2. Cosmos

It’s easy to grow, very popular with the pollinators, and keeps flowering until the first frosts, cosmos is always a favourite in our garden.

Cosmos

The flowers still look fresh even though they’ve been blooming for weeks, and they still give the few remaining bees something to buzz about!

3. Dahlias

Ade’s a big dahlia fan and our back garden is crammed with a variety of them.

Dahlia

Native to Mexico and once grown as a food crop by the Aztecs (who knew?), Dahlias provide lasting colour in the garden, well into Autumn.

4. Michaelmas Daisies

We inherited our Michaelmas daisies from the old lady (and keen gardener apparently) who lived in our house before we moved here six years ago.

Michaelmas Daisies

During our first autumn here, great swathes of purple seemed to appear overnight, I had to ask my neighbour what they were as I’d never seen them before. Our Michaelmas daisies reliably bloom each and every year and I love them.

5. Chrysanthemums

Another favourite of Ade’s, our chrysanthemums are still looking wonderful.

Chrysanthemums

And they make excellent cut flowers too, which is great at this time of year when you may not be inclined to spend as long outdoors, yet don’t want to miss the final, colourful displays of the season.

What floral delights are blooming in your gardens right now? What are your autumn favourites?

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September Jam

It’s that time again! Our end of month round-up of everything that’s caught our attention here at Agents of Field HQ recently.

Firstly, flowers. What blooms are doing well in your gardens just now? Our cyclamen are looking fantastic but the sunflowers are starting to look a little worse for wear. Ade took this slightly eerie shot of one up on the allotment which I rather like. It’s how a sunflower would look in a Tim Burton animation about killer sunflowers.

Secondly, food. Big shout out to the lovely Sue over at Backlane Notebook who recommended this scrummy recipe for marrows. Who knew marrows could be whipped into jam? I made a batch at the start of the month on Sue’s recommendation, and we’ve just opened the first jar. It’s delicious, more like a marmalade than a jam really, and is absolutely scrummy on hot, buttered toast!

Marrow & Ginger Jam

Now, Ade and I love a good farm shop, and we were fortunate enough to stumble upon Low Sizergh Barn when we were up in the Lake District at the weekend.  Aside from the excellent shop which has a dizzying array of home-made cakes and bakes and jams and chutneys and everything else besides  (I’m actually scoffing some of their delicious carrot cake as I type), it has a charming craft gallery and tea-room. Definitely worth a visit should you find yourself near Kendal.

Finally, this month taught us all about the peculiar tree goats of Morocco.

And let’s not forget Chris, the record-breaking sheep.

Anyway, happy end-of-September everyone! Drop us a line here if you have any links you’d like us to include in our end of month round-up for October.

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