Firstly, sorry for mentioning September. Secondly, eek! September's just around the corner, how did that happen?
I saw earlier in the week that The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have nominated a plant of the month each month this year. I've missed all the other announcements somehow, but I'm pleased I didn't miss this one as these really are pretty plants, I saw some in The Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum a few weeks ago.
I did buy some for our garden too a few years back, but they didn't survive the very cold winter. I keep hoping they might reappear but I think that's unlikely now. I really should get some more and try again.
The 2015 plant of the month calendar highlights the plants which will be widely available in garden centres and those which are looking their best as the year goes by. So that's a good thing, perhaps I will actually get some more for my garden.
This month Jason Ingram a Gardeners World photographer is championing the Japanese Anemone. He says:
"Japanese anemones are extremely photogenic flowers which brighten up the garden in late-summer or autumn, producing simple saucers in white and various shades of pink. They are a 'must have' border plant for the Autumn and put on a fantastic display in the period where most gardens are starting to look tired and over. I love that their beauty adds a whole new dimension of colour and texture to my garden."
Do you have any Japanese Anemones in your garden? And if so, do you have a particular favourite that I should try? And any tips for getting them to survive?!