There have been some warm autumn days in the last week and much talk about flowers that are still in bloom or putting on a second show. My first is one of those.
Choysia ternata. RHS advises that this often flowers fitfully into winter. I’d say it was putting on a very strong show. It is in north facing border at the end that catches a sliver of late afternoon sun from the west. Its white flowers are lifting the autumn gloom.
Iris foetidissima. The seed pods are really popping and every now and then I help them along a little. I am hoping I will be able to develop a colony of these under the rhododendron but having looked into their propagation it seems it may take a year or so. I have taken a few berries to plant in pots and will see just how long it takes. Of course the easier route would be to divide them now or in the spring.
The persimmon tree is shedding its leaves quite rapidly now but the fruit are hanging on as they are supposed to. Advice is to pick the fruit in late October and let it ripen on a sunny windowsill, so any day now I will be putting the advice into action.
Borlotti beans. I grew about three plants this year. The site is against the fence, west facing but in reality very shaded until the late afternoon. It took a while for the flowers to appear and eventually bean pods followed. Its only a small crop but they will be enjoyed. I miss my full sun allotment plot but I on the positive side I am not getting so many gluts.
The lemon tree with its one ripe lemon was moved into the greenhouse a week or two ago and this week I was pleased to see several of the new lemon fruits had grown in size. This is my first year of growing lemons and the first year of putting the tree in the greenhouse. I don’t know how low the temperature gets in the greenhouse over winter so this is going to be a learning curve.
I do like finishing with a rose. This week it is a beautiful spray from R.Natasha Richardson.
I hope your garden to continues to flower and be fruitful. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the wonderful Six on Saturday. Read his blog posts and all the other Six on Saturday posts from around the world at The Propagator my plant obsession