Ubiquitous pink still spreads its charm in autumn (fall). When all else might be fireworks, pastel pink can create an aura of calm. Yet, at this time of year I am more likely to go for the stronger pinks. As a gardener you always have a choice of tone, often too much choice. Anemones often take pride of place. Cosmos is still going strong as are Hemerocallis.
One word about autumn, I am much more a spring and summer photographer, rarely venturing out much after October when I go into hibernation until February, some years I prefer to stay in hibernation until April, but this is usually impossible owing to obligations. This year I shall make some attempt to be an autumn and winter photographer too. However, many of the photos in this autumn section are of plants that are essentially summer plants that venture to overstay their welcome. In truth, they have a last finale, a final fling in early autumn. When the first frosts come, they are nipped in the bud. These include annuals and tender perennials that love the warmth such as Canna, Dahlia, Salvia and more. If you have been a tidy, diligent gardener and trimmed certain plants back after flowering earlier in the year, some will repay you with a second flush of flowers at this time of year such as Dianthus and hardy Geranium. Others, of course, are decidedly autumnal such as Colchicum, the autumn crocus.
Photos and text copyright Karen Platt 2012