However you mark the start, it is undeniably Autumn now. We have been enjoying something of an Indian Summer here, the last couple of weeks have been rather lovely, tempting me out sometimes as far as the patio for a lunchtime snooze in the sunshine. I note from the weather forecast that the prevailing tone is grey, dull, damp for the foreseeable, so I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted! While we grieve for the apparent end of summer, let’s do Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Simples!
Here are my Six for this week…
1 – Rose ‘Ali baba’, photobombed by some bindweed which has returned to plague this corner of the garden again. This climbing rose has been excellent this year and is in the midst of a 2nd, or possibly even 3rd, flush. As I think I have previously remarked, I am a little impatient for everything to die back so I can get in there and train it in properly.
2 – Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’. After literally half dying last year (the left side got wind scorched or something, dead to the wood) this small tree is hanging in there, much to my surprise. With the weather cooling down the next week or two I expect it to turn and then drop. It stays, for now.
3 – Aster ‘Little Carlow’. Despite being allowed to flop disgracefully, this clump is flowering gangbusters now. I probably should have given it the chop in May, it would have delayed the flowering a little and made for a more compact and probably less floppy plant.
4 – Miscanthus zebrinus, zebra grass. Stripy, see, clever these plant naming folks. I expect it has evolved thus to be able to hide amongst a herd of actual zebras, stop the lions nibbling on it. Cunning.
5 – Geranium wallichianum ‘Havana blues’. Allegedly a prolific flowerer from early summer through to the autumn, this one is a late bloomer, only recently flowering. It was a small plant last year, so perhaps it is just getting settled in, or perhaps it is a bit overwhelmed by the surrounding chaos. Both, probably. I hope it thrives, it’s a pretty flower.
6 – Aster ‘St Michaels’. Growing to 4′ or even 5′, this New England variety is quite full in the flower compared to most. It is quite rigid in the stem, so my negligence has resulted only in a certain amount of dignified leaning, rather than full on disgraceful floppage.
Those are my Six for this week, 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 blog in yours that would be splendid. For more details you can read the brief participant guide.
I’ll be back next weekend for another #SixOnSaturday.