The avalanche of bloom which started in May has accelerated and is in freefall, now joined by a multitude of flamboyant flowers which will carry us onward until the first frosts. I am conscious however, that the longest day has passed, bird song is reduced and will shortly cease until next spring. The late August flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium, Nerine bowdenii and Amaryllis belladonna are portents of summer’s waning. Nevertheless, for the time being, we must rejoice in the profusion and variety in the garden and hopefully revel in warmer temperatures. This is the season when hardy perennial plants excel, by providing form, structure and colour to any border, also supported by tender perennials whose life span may be limited.
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