🍂Here Comes October In My English Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Autumn

A storm blew in on Friday afternoon, so I took my pictures in advance of the rainy squall. We will have to wait to see what will be left standing after the wind. My tall sunflower has already lost a few branches.

Saturday October 1st

So let’s jump right in with what was flowering on Friday morning.

My pot of Gazania have flowered on and off for most of the summer which has pleased me. I have once again collected the fluffy seed from them. Last Spring I had a zero germination rate from the previous year’s seed. So when I collected the seed a few weeks ago, I planted a late summer test tray. I have one seedling which I now need to keep alive all through winter.


The yellow rose near my front door has done well, it only gets early morning sun, so it has been in the shade during the drought which has kept it from dying back. I have tried soft wood cuttings, but I’m not convinced they are alive. I shall wait a bit longer before a final decision. It is a lovely rose, less thorny than other varieties.

Yellow Rose

The Salvia are coming back for a second flowering now that the temperatures have cooled and we’ve had a few showers of rain. These ones are a hot pink colour, so much so that they haven’t photographed well.


I have two Mahonia in my garden, this one is the soft leaved variety and flowers earlier than my spiky leaved one.

Soft leaved Mahonia

Fifth photo goes to a single Cosmos from left over seeds that I scattered over the ground. That reminds me, I don’t think I’ve gathered any seeds from them for next year. I shall check my envelopes of seeds to make sure.


My final photo goes to the pot of Sweet Alyssum (Lobolaria) which had an early showing, then died back in the drought, but it is now enjoying a second wind. I have other plants of this variety which came in wild seed packs and their honey scent is scattered throughout the garden.

Sweet Alyssum

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35 thoughts on “🍂Here Comes October In My English Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Autumn

  1. I love the honey scent of Alyssum. I think I have that Mahonia, or something very similar – mine is called ‘Soft Caress.’ I prefer it to the big, spikey leaved varieties although I couldn’t detect any fragrance from the flowers when it bloomed for the first time last winter, which was a bit disappointing. I hope your garden escape the worst of the storm. It’s nice and calm outside this morning.

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  3. It’s so nice that we still have lots of colours in the garden. Like you, I have seeds in envelopes something I have always done. Great for swapping with my mum and other friends as well 🙂

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  4. The rose is amazing, lots of flowers. I think lots of plants are having a flush before winter since we’ve had some rain. Lovely selction.

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    • Thank you, I never used to think about collecting seeds for next year, I would just buy new plants each time. But lockdown made me think differently. which isn’t a bad thing.


  5. I’ve had success with rose cuttings by taking hardwood cuttings, so easy to do! Your Mahonia Caress is further on than mine, my buds are there but not as far on as yours yet.

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  6. Ah, the cosmos! They reseed themselves every year in my garden but never where I exactly want them. In late August I actually dug up a pretty good-sized (a good 2.5 feet tall) cosmos plant and transplanted it in another spot. Surprisingly it survived but I think the move may have delayed its flowering? Beautiful green feather leaves but no flower buds in sight.

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    • I have tried it this year for the first time too. I moved pots of them near the roses and I planted cuttings near others. I think the cuttings need to be able to mature for a year or so to help a larger rose.

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  7. I love you yellow Rose, it us such a bonus that it has few thorns. Your Gazanoa is very jolly. They naturlize easily here and grow very prettily on roadsides.

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