Last Spring, eldest Craftyguidelet planted lots of annual seeds for her Brownie Gardener badge. She cared for them, watered them, thinned them out, transplanted them, weeded and produced a fabulous display throughout the summer. This weekend, to finish her badge, it was time to pull all the spent flowers up to prepare the beds for winter.
She attacked the task with enthusiasm (once I’d dragged her away from a game involving every single toy she owns by the look of the playroom). After clearing a section of her allocated bed, she found this beauty hidden away.It made me think about all the other plants in my garden that were still flowering their socks off. This Fuschia is called Baby Blue Eyes. I bought some for eldest Craftyguidelet’s grandparents when she was born as she had the biggest blue eyes.The Craftyguidelets grew sunflowers from school as well as some 8ft tall monsters.This is my favourite plant in the garden at the moment. I first came across Stipa tenuissima when I studied at gardening college (an RHS evening course equivalent to a gardening A level). It is so touchy feely. I’ve got 2 clumps in my garden near the paths so I can run my fingers through it when I walk past.This Brunnera shows that you don’t need flowers to create an impact.And this Heuchera combines flowers and beautiful leaves.So go out and appreciate all that Autumn has to offer.