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5 More Shades of Pink

The autumn continues to surprise me with the number of pink blooms that decorate the harvest season.

ms- lavetara in bloom
photo by SVSeekins

This year the Lavatera (Mallow) was blooming by July; it’s still happily doing its thing through September.  When trimmed to 6 inches in early spring, it shot up to 5-6 feet & provides a nice border barrier through the summer.  The deer leave it alone, so it’ll be a fixture in our garden for a long, long time.

Note:  the bright pink Lychnis behind it was a great combo but petered out by Labor Day, so it doesn’t really count for this list of fall pink.

WS - Japanese Anemone
photo by SVSeekins
CU - Japanese Anemone bloom
photo by SVSeekins

With waist height blooms twirling in the breeze, Japanese Anemone caught my eye shortly after we moved into Richmond House. Initially, a good patch grew close to the house foundations, but it had to go because of the drain tile project.  Happily, Japanese Anemone transplant like a dream.  Their roots run along just under the soil and don’t seem bothered about being split up a bit.

The deer seemed to leave the Japanese Anemone alone, so last year, I moved some up top of our ‘mountain,’ an area of deer congregation.  There were a couple of flowers this year, but mostly the plants were grazed down to about 8 inches high.  Bummer.   Once the rains come, I’ll move the roots down off the mountain.  No use wasting them up there.

MS - Hardy Fushia in bloom
photo by SVSeekins

With the Hardy Fuchsia, the experience is different.  Originally this shrubby plant was a gift from KC, who said the deer in Sooke were keeping it trimmed back to less than 3 feet tall.  I divided the clump into many smaller bits  – and they grew with great success.  Perhaps Victoria deer have different pallets?  The shrubs grow to about 6 feet and don’t show signs of being nibbled.  The bright pink blooms show up in mid to late summer & continue until Christmas!

WS - Sedum, Autumn Joy
photo by SVSeekins

Sedum Autumn Joy is a reputed garden workhorse.  SM gave me a clump of it from her backyard a couple of years ago.  As usual, I divided into smaller bits & started testing them in several spots around the yard.  It turns out the deer think they’re swell. Elsewhere I’ve seen robust Autumn Joy blooming happily in a pudgy 2-foot clump.  This poor specimen in our garden is hidden from the deer, but also from enough sun to keep it happy.  It’s only about 8 inches high.  I’m just thrilled it bloomed.

MS - Nerine Lily blooms
photo by SVSeekins

To top the list is Nerine Lily.  Last fall, after identifying the gorgeous blooms in a nearby yard, I knew  I’d somehow make room for some in our garden.  I’ve planted several bulbs in with the daylilies, thinking it will be cool to have a bed that blooms different colours in different seasons.  Cross your fingers for me that the varieties play nicely together.  In the meantime, I admire the mature patch up the street.

The list could go on a bit more.  For one, the delicate fall cyclamen hasn’t really got going yet.  And there have to be other pink bloomers that I haven’t enjoyed.  What else is missing?

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Here are some other pink autumn bloomers:

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