I have not ventured out in the garden too much lately but one day this week there was a gap in the downpours and I managed to do some work. I have a very sodden garden and I was squelching around in the borders. I managed to divide some day lillies and a knautia. I relocated some sanguisorba ‘Tanna’ that had not performed at all well and planted ten of the hundred or so bulbs that I have left to plant. The borders are slipping into winter dormancy and I thought there would not be much to show for this week’s six. But it is surprising what can be found. Here they are.
By today this dahlia had finally opened up. Do I have the slowest dahlias in the UK? I’m hoping the first frosts are a few weeks off. To be fair, this dahlia was dug up and replanted in a pot after a slug attack had left it in tatters so I should be proud of its resilience.
The Orange Cushion dahlias that I am hoping to propagate from seed have put out a new flush of flowers and I do much prefer this size of dahlia flowers. Collecting seed has not been possible so far as the seed heads are a soggy mess. Dahlia lovers – should I be cutting the heads off and bringing them inside to dry? I have done this with my agapanthus and they did deliver some lovely black seed.
These beautifully coloured mushrooms are now an annual feature of the garden. I have quite a colony of them this year. I think they come with the mulch that I buy each year and I am very happy to have them.
This is my one flowering nerine for the year. It is bowdenii ‘Ostara’. I planted about ten in April 2018. I am having another go and as a result of special offer – end of season, we have so many we are giving them away – I now have 30 more. Total cost £5. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ve some in a pot now, hoping that they will be my insurance.
The fig leaves have yellowed so much more over the week. Sadly it is unlikely that the fruit that remains will ripen and I will have to pick them all off soon. On of my least favourite garden jobs.
The hylotelephium spectabile that I mentioned a few weeks ago have darkened to a good deep red. I did move a few round in the front garden and have some spare plants to over-winter in pots. As the garden matures my collection of plants in pots increases. The self seeding geraniums and alchemillia mollis are growing in number but there are always gaps to be filled and they will be put to good use next year.
I take my hat off to Mr P who manages this herd of SOSers. I had a busy week last week and didn’t get to read many of my usual SOS favourites. I will do better this weekend – after I finish planting the allium and daffodil bulbs!
Even though temperatures here today are forecast to reach 24 degrees, the nights are cooling down and summer is really over. Its the end of the third summer in the new garden and progress is being made. More bulbs have arrived and some more bare root roses will be ordered. This week the plants for my small west facing borders have arrived:
I’ve planted the same group of plants either side of a small path.. The Agastache ‘Alabaster’ were in the garden already and they have now been joined by Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’, Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and Pennisetum villosum. Fingers crossed for next summer.
On the diagonal opposite to this area is what was fondly known as ground elder corner. After three summers of digging it out I think I have the upper hand and so I am beginning to put in some permanent plants. First to go in is Trachelospermum jasminoides, a firm six on saturday favourite. I’m hoping it will very quickly cover the great expanse of unattractive brown fence.
The nerines have just begun to open out. They are a little depleted in number as I stepped on one and not all of them have flowered. The variety is Nerine bowdenii ‘Ostara’. This is their first year in the garden so I am hoping they will settle down and put on a good show next year.
Also adding some late colour are these Lillies. Yet more naming debates: are they now Schizostylis, or Hesperantha? I know which one I prefer. These came from the old garden and are bulking up nicely.
And since repetition is allowed and because the late colour is so fabulous, I give you again the Salvia ‘Amistad’ and the Rose, Darcy Bussell. The Salvias mooched along all summer but they have really established themselves in the last month. Darcy Bussell just keeps on putting out new buds.
The warmth of summer lingers on but autumn is settling in and mushrooms have started to appear in the garden. I’m intrigued by the blue ones but have no idea what they are.
Here’s hoping all is well in your garden. Autumn brings the storms and while I am still finding the garden very dry I know others are suffering from high winds and heavy rain. It’s a gardener’s lot! Find out more at The Propagator’s blog. That’s where all the great Six On Saturday links are posted.
Thanks so much to everyone who gave me advice on the Euphorbia. The RHS thought it might be poorly because of root rot due to wetness and also suggested, as others mentioned, cutting back the sad stems when the new growth comes through in spring which might persuade it to regenerate. I think it might have picked up a little in the past week so I am going to remain optimistic. Here’s my six for this week.
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum. These were making such a good show on a visit to Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire in June that I bought some for myself. They have established well and this pink flower shone out on a gloomy day this week. Don’t know why it’s also known as Bloody Cranesbill, seems quite inoffensive to me.
Some small scale seed sowing and propagation has taken place. I finally potted on some of the Nigella damascena seeds which were collected from plants growing at the allotment. I also collected some sweet pea seeds from the summer flowering. They have just germinated. It was a spur of the moment thing as I unentwined them from their supports. I put them in a pot and hoped. So far so good. Next in the row are the penstemon cuttings taken in August. I took four, four rooted and so far four are growing on. One was a little thin on the root growth but it seems to be making progress. I should have taken more cuttings as an insurance policy.
This aster is eye popping in the border where the colour is actually a little more subtle than this photo shows. It’s another purchase from the Finchley Horticultural Society plant sale. Who needs Chelsea? The cosmos is still flowering but in preparation for storm Ophelia I did cut back some of the larger stems for flowers for the house.
Some autumnal mushrooms have arrived in the garden. Plants for free, yes. But I’m not sure about food for free. I don’t know anything about mushrooms so I will leave them where they are. Something seems to be enjoying them, I suspect squirrels but could it be the birds?
Some golden leaves from the fig tree. The colours are turning and the leaves falling but these figs aren’t going to ripen in this garden.
My last one for the week is this climbing rose, Blush Noisette. Beautiful soft pink flowers and hopefully many more to come. It is growing up a south facing wall and it will be interesting to see how long this micro climate will help keep it flowering.
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