I half imagine Jack Frost, channelling the White Rabbit, running around in a tizz, muttering “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!’ About three weeks late here, compared to typical first frost dates. I’m happy to have plenty of flowers in the garden still, but I do have clearing up I’d like to get on with, plus a pile of bulbs I still have to get in the ground/pots. I did have a very light frost here mid week but nothing to speak of, certainly not enough to put a dent in the plant life. As with certain other events in the world, we shall all just have to be patient, remain calm and await the inevitable. One thing we don’t have to wait for is Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a flower, a pest, a statue, a job to do, an epic failure, anything at all. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week…
1 – Cosmos, probably ‘dazzler’. Not something I expect to have in flower part way into November. In fact, it’s not a plant I even expect to have in the garden at this time of year. Normally they are dug up and shredded for the heap by now.
2 – Helenium ‘Short n sassy’. In flower since July or maybe even June, these are still doing well, with several flowers open and more on the way. Ordinarily more orange, the colouring has tended more to the plain yellow as the season has waned, but I’ll take it.
3 – Fatsia japonica flowers. I don’t always get to see the space-age flowers on this shrub, usually the frost takes them before they fully develop. With Jack Frost seemingly taking an extended summer holiday, I still have them.
4 – Weigela ‘Bristol Ruby’. Continuing the trend of unexpected flowers, this little shrub is putting out a 3rd flush of flowers this year. It doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.
5 – Wisteria, autumn colour. It won’t be long before they drop entirely but in the meantime I’ll enjoy the changing tone of these leaves.
6 – Clematis ‘Nellie Moser’. Another plant that doesn’t know it’s nearly winter. Nellie here has been putting out sporadic flowers the last month or two.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. If you also mention my blog in yours, that would be splendid. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
I have a backlog of stuff to get done in the garden so I’m hoping the weather will be kind. I hope you have a productive gardening weekend, don’t forget to check back in later as more links are added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.