In 2013, I followed the advice of the late Geoff Hamilton and visited a garden centre or nursery each month of the year, buying a plant in flower. This should now ensure that I have something blooming in my garden every month of the year.
In October of that year I purchased salvia nemorosa Ostfriesland, a fabulous violet blue variety. It was a decent sized plant and hardy so I had high hopes of it surviving winter but my hopes were dashed. I don't know what it is with salvias, I can never seem to keep them.
I was going to buy a plant to replace it this month, however, the sedum which I bought in November 2013, and which has subsequently done really well, has been in bloom during October so I'm going to class this plant as my October bloom.
This is sedum spectabile Brilliant, it's increased in size in the two years I've had it and has put on such a wonderful display.
Sedums are like a magnet to bees and butterflies and as they go on flowering late in the year, they're a good source of nectar for them when many other plants have finished blooming.
I've seen lots of butterflies, and indeed bees, this year, more than I've seen in recent years. I'm sure that having this plant in the garden has something to do with that, there's been bees and butterflies on it every time I've looked.
As you can see, it's attracted all different types of butterfly.
The plant is now coming to the end of its flowering period so I'll cut back any parts with signs of decay but leave the dried heads in place until I see the regrowth in spring.
Making the sedum my October bloom means that there'll be a flowering gap in November so I shall be visiting a nursery or garden centre again, I wonder what plant will come home with me.
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