Unseasonal weather

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The temperature in the garden this weekend hovered around 20 degrees Celsius, with very warm nights as well.  This late burst of summer made gardening very pleasurable and also caused us to look more critically at the amount of late season colour we have in the garden.  The dahlias are still going strong, of course, but in the borders, we’re really dependent upon verbena bonariensis and the last of the asters (particularly the incomparable ‘Little Carlow’), together with the last of the gaura and rudbekia.  The question is though, how many mid or late October weekends can be spent enjoying the garden like this last one and how much enjoyment can be had from very late season colour in the borders?

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