There is a definite theme of propagation through much of my Six on Saturday this week. I am living up to my moniker. What will you share in your #SixOnSaturday? Could be anything – a flower, a tool, a pest, a job to do, a harvest, plans, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my six for this week.
1 – Crocosmia seedlings. On a recent visit to a beautiful garden I liberated a few seeds of crocosmia Lucifer. They just came off in my hand guv. They should be sown fresh, so with somewhat low expectations I sowed them straight away, just in a tray of compost, top dressed with grit. Sown on 22nd October they are now beginning to germinate.
2 – Weigela leaves. I grew this little weigela from a hardwood cutting. I don’t know why really as I don’t particularly love the parent shrub. Nonetheless I have planted it in one of the new borders. It is still small, just a foot high if that. I pruned it for shape over the summer, so it ought to grow on nicely next year.
3 – Hypericum, St John’s Wort, “Magical Universe”. In an all-too-common fit of buying enthusiasm (in the same garden visit that yielded the crocosmia seeds) I bought a young shrub that I didn’t need, then immediately took two cuttings which have both rooted nicely, providing another two plants that I don’t need. I shall pot these fellas over the weekend, we’ll see if they make it through the winter. I have a much larger hypericum in the front garden, different variety. This one should be quite compact if I prune it right, getting to maybe 60cm. It’ll flower June and July then has bright red fruits in August and September.
4 – More plants, potted up. Last week I confessed (that seems to be the appropriate word) to ordering a bunch of young perennials along with my bulb order. The prices are very reasonable, so long as you want at least 5, sometimes 10, of something. I spent a couple of hours last Sunday potting up the multitude. They don’t look like much just now but should all spring into life in the, er, spring. I was interested to note that some were very obviously divisions, single crownlets of a larger plant. Certainly that was true of the hostas and helenium. I suppose in my head I was expecting plug-grown seedlings, and some are. I don’t mind, in fact the divisions will probably be much better. I have to report that the photo shows about half of the plants. Eek.
5 – Japanese anemone, root cuttings. Annoyed by their refusal to spread, I have taken matters into my own hands. A few weeks back I took dug up one of the plants and, sacrificing it to the greater good, chopped up the good chunks of root. Into a try of gritty compost they went, vertically with top of root section just below the surface of the compost. Today I see the first signs of life. Still tiny, these shoots are a tease, no roots will have happened yet, but the root sections have plenty of food reserves. I don’t expect to have evidence of roots until the spring.
6 – Colour! A rarity in my garden at this time of year (if we exclude brown and green), I was a little surprised to see this patio rose has thrown a new bud. Whether it ever opens is another thing.
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I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.