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Friday trio: welcome home

I’ve been away on holiday, so I’m catching up on missed Friday photos by posting three today. Thanks to a long, warm summer and a remarkably mild autumn in Scotland so far, gardens continue to bloom beyond the usual time. When I came back from holiday I wondered if there would be any flowers left since it was halfway through October. I was delighted to find there was plenty still blooming, including the plants shown below. It’s turned significantly colder today and there might even be a touch of snow over the weekend, so I suspect this is the last hurrah.

cosmos
Cosmos ‘sweet sixteen’, a lovely mixture of pale pink and white flowers with soft yellow centres and delicate feathery leaves.
alyssum
White alyssum: there are large clusters of this around the garden and although it died down late in the summer, it surprisingly burst into bloom again just as I was thinking of pulling it all up.
passion flower
This passionflower has done remarkably well and seems to like its home, creeping up a sunny south-east facing fence. It’s the second passionflower I’ve tried to grow; the first one produced no flowers at all before it eventually died, so I’m especially pleased with this one.
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Friday photo: honeysuckle

Several months ago this honeysuckle bloomed in what seemed to me rather a half-hearted manner. Throughout the summer it plodded along without doing very much, but a few days ago it burst into flower again, this time far more emphatically.

honeysuckle
Honeysuckle in its second, and more impressive, blooming of the year.
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Friday photo: sunflower

This lone sunflower fortuitously sprang up unexpectedly in the garden. For several weeks I’ve been watching with interest, waiting to see what it would look like when it flowered. A couple of days ago its petals unfurled and it’s been attracting bees ever since. I’m looking forward to collecting the seeds and planting more next year.

sunflower
An unexpected, and most welcome, sunflower in the garden.
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Friday photo: musk mallow

Yesterday, while wandering around the magnificent walled garden at Cambo Estate near St Andrews in Fife, I came upon a drift of beautiful pale pink musk mallows (Malva moschata). I bought a packet of musk mallow seeds earlier this year and am looking forward to growing them in the spring. Mine are white with just a touch of pink in the middle, but I wouldn’t mind some of these lovely pale pink ones as well.

musk mallow
Pale pink musk mallows at Cambo Estate, near St Andrews, Fife.