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Another fern doing well - Polypodium vulgare

Young plants of Polypodium vulgare

Another batch of our ferns doing well is Polypodium vulgare - the common Polypody fern.

I'm very fond of the polypodys - they are tough performers which look good 11 months of the year (only looking tatty in early summer before they drop their old fronds and grow their new set.)




Ferns growing rapidly

Young plants of Polystichum setiferum

We always tend to find that ferns do a fair bit of growing in the autumn months - which is why we try to give them a pot up and a feed while there is still warmth.

These little Polystichum setiferum clearly look like they could do with a bit of new growing room we will need to pot them up over the next couple of weeks.  Am sure they will appreciate it!



Passiflora caerulea - a very hardy 'tropical' climber.

Passiflora caerulea flowers

A climber that is flowering away prolifically at this time of year is the blue or common Passion flower - Passiflora caerulea.

While this South American plant looks truly exotic - and most of the Passifloras are tender exotics, P. caerulea is a very tough customer.  Given a chance to get its roots somewhere with decent drainage and a bit of protection, it can be a bit of a thug.

However given its wonderful display, it should be forgiven any misbehaviour!




Sedums starting their flowering run.

Sedum flower in September

Something that is often just starting its flowering run in late summer / early autumn is the ice plants - Sedum (apparently now reclassified as Hylotelephium) spectabile 'Autumn Joy'

As well as being great for bees and other insects - they produce a wonderful late display and have very attractive winter form. 



Still life in the herbaceous border!

Herbaceous border in early Autumn

Talking of fine displays, there is still a great deal of enjoyment to be gained from a well established herbaceous border. 

While the early and mid season performers will be waning, if you have got the mix right, the late season show will be fully underway!




Rosehips - another seasonal indicator


Another form of fruit which is ripening well at this time of year is the Rosehip - very decorative and full of flavour if you can be bothered to go through all the fuss needed to extract its flavour - and goodness.

One year when I get more time I might have a go - however in the meanwhile I will settle for enjoying them as a fine scarlet display.




Ripening apples - Autumn on the way.

Apple 'King of the Pippins'

A sign that autumn is with us already is the sight of ripening fruit - even if it is only the earliest of the apple crop. 

This year hasn't been a great year for apples however there are still a good few apples to enjoy- this is a venerable old specimen of King of the Pippins - full of mistletoe but still produces some very good fruit.



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