Earlier in the week it got down to just 5c above freezing. Not quite a frost but a few of the more tender plants are looking a bit grumpy. First frost date here is typically mid-October so I have a bit of time before things start dying off due to frost. Signs of autumn abound, a few leaves beginning to turn, cooler weather, darker evenings, dew on the grass and whatnot. The other signs of the autumn, or rather of a busy summer, are the dreadful state of the working end of the garden, where I have discarded or worse, neglected, pots and other detritus. Dead or dying plants, broken plastic stuff, plant labels, old compost bags, bits of wood I thought might have come in useful, that kind of thing. I started the big autumn tidy-up last weekend but still have plenty to do. I’m afraid to say that I found many dried-out husks of plants, mostly transplanted seedlings, that didn’t survive the hot spell earlier in the summer. It’s probably my garden telling me I don’t have room for them all. What does it know?
Still, tidy or not, time for Six on Saturday – six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a plant, a flower, a plan, a failure, a critter, a pest, a mystery, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Last year I dug up a volunteer mallow growing in among the other plants. I don’t mind the flowers but find the plant to be untidy. Besides, I didn’t plant it there, such cheek! Anyhow, it has had the last laugh, I either didn’t get it all, or it dropped some seed before I removed it. It’s baaaaack!
2 – Japanese anemone ‘honorine jobert’. Some anemones are prone to spread, but honerine is pretty well behaved. Which is annoying, I wouldn’t object to it spreading a bit. They don’t seem to have enjoyed the dry weather so the flowers have been a bit lacklustre.
3 – Allium seed heads. Some of these have survived being knocked over or accidentally pulled up. I think they look quite architectural so I’ve left these in. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
4 – Potentilla ‘monarch’s velvet’. I grew these from seed last year or the year before and have quite a few dotted about. It starts off well, the foliage is quite attractive, then lots of flower buds appear, then I am underwhelmed. The flowers keep coming but are very small, so the overall effect is limited. The spent blooms and the spindly stems they sit on look a bit untidy. But who am I to talk. Up close, the flowers are pretty.
5 – Linaria ‘springside white’. A supposedly white form of toadflax. I grew from seed this year. Some are indeed white, but some are the more normal purple. Those bees, never consistent.
6 – Heuchera ‘purple palace’ – flower. I grow these for their leaf form and colour. I bought a couple of large plants then promptly divided them. This one is in a planted down the side of the house. I thought it would be quite shady but in fact it is in full sun more or less all day. The heuchera have protested a little at this but a good drink normally sorts them out. They have been flowering delicately for a couple of weeks now.
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I’ll be back next weekend with another Six on Saturday.