Six on Saturday 16th November 2019

Is it officially still Autumn? It doesn’t feel like it (especially not as I have a man in my porch fitting a smart meter meaning the gas is turned off hence no heating!) It’s soul destroyingly Wintery.

Anyway, I went wandering in the garden this morning to snap some pics for a Six and the sign in my greenhouse seemed very apt.

I think I’ll start in the greenhouse for number one. It’s chilly in there as is corroborated by both my posh and accurate thermometer …

… and my pretty but slightly less trustworthy thermometer.

The cuttings are having a very similar reaction to the cold as I am – a bit lacklustre and definitely not as happy as a couple of weeks ago!

A fellow blogger advised me a few weeks ago to keep them fairly dry but not bone dry, but, despite not having watered them for well over a month they’re just not drying out at all! I need a heated greenhouse, but that would send the new smart meter into spasms of panic I fear!

Conversely, the Gazania and the two Fuchsias (one hardy, one not but I can’t remember which is which) seem quite happy with their surroundings.

I’ll have to ask my Mum which is which when I see her as she took the cuttings. It’s not going to hurt having them both out of the cold given how small they are.

Meanwhile, back outside we have today’s number two, which is two Cordylines looking beautiful.

They’re both in planters, the green one stands proud at the back of my birthday planter and the pink one is nearer the house in my patio planter. They give some welcome interest and much needed colour to the sleeping garden!

There are still a few plants desperately soldiering on and producing colourful petals to cheer the gloom. For number three I’m going to share my Erysimum.

This was from the sale table in Notcutts in Summer 2018. I planted it out last Spring and it did well all through this Summer. I’m not keen on pink, but this pink is rich enough to delight the senses.

Number four was a recent purchase that was planted out towards the end of the Summer.

Fatsia Japonica, whose leaves have something of a look of a giant Marijuana plant! How do I know this, you may ask with a knowing smirk? Well, you try going to the Caribbean and not seeing Marijuana leaves depicted on every piece of tourist tat for sale! Anyway, there’s nothing illegal about this lovely specimen. It’s supposed to get pretty big and it’s grown quite a few new leaves already so here’s hoping.

For my penultimate point I’m using a photo that I took purely because I liked the way the rain looked on the leaf.

This is a cluster of leaves on my Scarlet Patio Rose. I love how the leaves are tinged with pink, picking up the pink of the emerging shoots below and the blurred Heather in the background, and the rain droplets that reflect the light and accentuate the leaves’ veins.

I’m going to end on a festive note which I think is acceptable given that the big day is only five and a bit weeks away.

Holly! We have an abundance of it in the garden which can be painful when it gets too big and requires pruning! None of the Holly bushes flower or get berries which I think must mean we only have one sex of Holly bush resulting in absolutely no copulation at all, and therefore no offspring.

Right, I’m off to do something that doesn’t require gas or electricity now I can see exactly what it’s costing us! While I’m freezing to death in the dark why don’t you pop over to check out more Sixes on the Propagator’s blog.

6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 16th November 2019

  1. Katharine - teabreakgardener 173006 SatEurope/London2019-11-16T18:25:04+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Nov 2019 18:25:04 +0000 2017 / 6:25 pm

    We’ve got the same posh digital thermometer – great aren’t they! The purple cordyline looks amazing – like a giant firework.

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    • greengirlgardener 173007 SatEurope/London2019-11-16T19:15:35+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonSat, 16 Nov 2019 19:15:35 +0000 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Mine was a Christmas present last year – it is great! Great way to describe the Cordyline! I’ll always think of it that way now 😁.


  2. Lora Hughes 173005 MonEurope/London2019-11-18T17:13:34+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonMon, 18 Nov 2019 17:13:34 +0000 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Your digital thermometer is so posh, I didn’t understand which of the 3 temps to read, but after seeing the less-than-accurate one, figured the middle figure is the one. I am so 20th century. That cordyline is a shocking splash of colour that must stand out beautifully this time of year. Your fatsia’s looking good – is it a spiderweb?

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    • greengirlgardener 173007 MonEurope/London2019-11-18T19:43:45+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonMon, 18 Nov 2019 19:43:45 +0000 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Yes the middle one. The top is the hottest it hit this summer and the bottom is the coldest. Yes I love the Cordyline – I purposely put it close to the house to give some winter cheer. Not sure about the Fatsia, but it’s doing very well.

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  3. Kenneth Barker 173005 TueEurope/London2019-11-19T17:56:40+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonTue, 19 Nov 2019 17:56:40 +0000 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I loved the picture of the two Cordylines and the leaves with droplets on them Sarah.

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  4. tonytomeo 173010 ThuEurope/London2019-11-28T22:46:56+00:00Europe/London11bEurope/LondonThu, 28 Nov 2019 22:46:56 +0000 2017 / 10:46 pm

    English holly is somewhat naturalized in redwood forests. It is polite about it, and is neither to aggressive nor invasive. It fits in nicely. Some people would prefer it to produce the berries that holly are known for, but it is impossible to know which ones will produce berries and which ones won’t.. I like it just for the foliage.


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