It has finally turned nippy out, last nights temperature dropped below freezing. It was a bit of a struggle to summon up the enthusiasm to go outside and take a few photos, but I managed. In my garden at least, it is slim pickings for interest at this time of year but I have managed to scrape a half-dozen together for this week’s Six on Saturday – Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a weed, a job to do, a success, a failure, a project, anything at all. Join in!

Here are my Six for this week.

1 – Staghorn sumac. Strictly speaking this is in next door’s garden. I don’t like it much, I prune a few overreaching branches from time to time. It is a sign of how total the lack of colour is in my garden that I am prepared to include this. The strange flower things are red which is not obvious from this photo.

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2 – Wisteria bud. It will soon be time to give the wisteria its second prune. It is a very prolific plant, I noticed as I was taking this photo that just this year it has invaded the neighbours apple tree to the tune of about 20 feet.

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3 – Angelica Gigas. Grown from seed this year this plant should come into its own next year, growing to 5 or 6 feet. The flowers are a purple umbellifer affair. I’ve not grown these before so am looking forward to seeing what they get up to.

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4 – Dwarf hop. Not a dance step, rather a climbing plant. It’s dwarf only in relation to its much taller cousin – this one gets to about six feet. It is all dried out, I will prune it back this weekend.

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5 – Nandina domestica. This shrub is a bit plain jane in the foliage department, it is not flashy like some nandina at this time of year. It is, however, permanently in either berry or flower or both.

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6 – Eurybia divaricata. Formerly Aster divaricata but no more. Native to the eastern US, commonly known as white wood aster, it is shade tolerant. I grew these from seed this year, the resulting plants are dotted about. I wasn’t expecting much this year and in general they have lived up to my low expectations. One plant though has made a small effort, sporting two somewhat faded flowers. Next year I hope they will all be festooned with white flowers in August or September time.

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Those are my Six, what, pray tell, are yours? If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link to it below in the comments. If you also mention my blog in yours that would be swell. For more details and for other ways to take part, please have a read of the brief participant guide.

Have a super weekend, hope you get out in the garden at least for a while. Don’t forget to check back in as more links get added during the day.

I’ll be back next weekend with 2018’s penultimate #SixOnSaturday.

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