Six on Saturday 25th September

I’ve been somewhat remiss with my blog lately. There’s been quite a bit going on and my head’s been elsewhere, and I’ve also had to have a largely enforced absence from the garden due to a back issue. I’m now seven sessions into physio and it’s a lot better, although after a few hours weeding and digging yesterday followed by standing/walking for a few hours in the evening at a Peaky Blinders night at the Black Country museum it’s feeling a little delicate today.

Anyway, I’m here now, so on with the first of my Six. This Welsh poppy has sprung up in a new place. Welsh poppies first appeared last year, presumably a present from the birds and I do love their cheerful yellowy orange splash of colour. The original ones flowered again this year back in June/July and went to seed long ago, so I was really surprised (but delighted) to see this one.

Just across the path from the poppy is my eupatorium. I usually feature this several times because it’s probably my favourite plant in the garden. My dad, last time he was here, admired its beautiful leaves and stems with their contrasting green and purple. Clearly I’m a chip off the block because that’s why I love it too! It’s starting to produce its flowers now. They start off this pinky colour, but by the time we hit mid autumn they turn white. They’re not particularly impressive – the leaves are definitely the main draw of this beauty.

You’ll note that I said the eupatorium is ‘probably’ my favourite plant. This time last year it was ‘definitely’ my favourite, but it may have been replaced by my fatsia japonica. It has really come on in leaps and bounds this year and it is stunning!

On the left you can see its mature leaves in all their fabulous two tone glory and on the left the beginnings of new leaves just emerging. They have something of a look of frogs feet about them. It’s quite hard to believe that they’ll eventually grow as big as their older siblings.

Next I’d like to share a trio of fuchsia. I wish I could tell you with certainty which varieties they are, but I can’t, apart from the middle one which is Delta Sarah. This fuchsia has taken really well to being moved to our new planter. I gave it a good prune and it’s done much better than previous years, despite being regularly assaulted by a fox which likes to dig in the planter, much to my annoyance!

Completely without certainty, it’s possible that the beauty on the left is Mrs Popple, which my grandad used to grow in his fabulous garden in Betchworth when I was a child, and maybe the pink lady on the right is Paula Jane. Whatever the variety, I adore fuchsias and I don’t think you can have too many. I currently have seven (and counting!)

Penultimately, I’m sharing my beautiful begonias which are still a feast for the eyes well into September. I guess they’ll keep cheering my soul until the first frost, whenever that may be! I ordered these from Thompson and Morgan because it’s very rare to find these apricot shades in a garden centre. Last year every single one was apricot, but these year I’ve been treated to yellow and white as well.

Finally, another fuchsia, and this time I definitely don’t know which variety it is. A quick google seems to suggest it might be Tom West. It arrived in early summer from QVC along with five other varieties and it had been turned upside down by Hermes so all were in a sorry state, but as you can see from the first photo, this one was particularly battered. I put it in one of granny’s pots that I inherited, along with a little fairy for good luck, and I was so happy when I went out yesterday and saw that it has finally started to recover. The fairy has obviously kept a good watch over it! I just hope its big and strong enough to survive the winter. Maybe I should move it to the greenhouse if it’s looking like a really cold spell is on its way. The danger then though is that I’ll forget to water it!!

Despite my backache, I really enjoyed getting back out in the garden yesterday. There are still a few jobs that I’d like to get finished before the weather turns so hopefully I’ll be able to get back out a couple of times over the next few weeks which should mean I’ll have plenty of Six fodder! Hope you all have a good weekend, it’s my birthday tomorrow so I’ll be treating myself to all my favourite things starting with a new hair cut this afternoon and followed by some Lego building tomorrow and maybe a jacket potato from Ted’s Potatoes, the best purveyor of jacket potatoes in the world end of story, goodbye, the end (as Mad Eye Moody would say!!) TTFN.

8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 25th September

  1. Roguegarden 173005 SatEurope/London2021-09-25T17:41:24+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSat, 25 Sep 2021 17:41:24 +0100 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I, too, enjoy the foliage of eupatorium, though I don’t get these lovely purple shades on mine. Fatsia is on the wish list for my planned “courtyard garden.” Yours appears to be thriving.

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    • greengirlgardener 173006 SatEurope/London2021-09-25T18:27:08+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSat, 25 Sep 2021 18:27:08 +0100 2017 / 6:27 pm

      I’d definitely recommend one. Don’t worry if it doesn’t do much in the first year, mine didn’t, but this year it’s grown loads and is gorgeous.


      • Roguegarden 173004 TueEurope/London2021-09-28T04:10:56+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonTue, 28 Sep 2021 04:10:56 +0100 2017 / 4:10 am

        That is encouraging. I will have to snap one up at the next opportunity.

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  2. Thistles and Kiwis 173012 SunEurope/London2021-09-26T00:22:47+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSun, 26 Sep 2021 00:22:47 +0100 2017 / 12:22 am

    Gorgeous begonias.

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  3. tonytomeo 173003 SunEurope/London2021-09-26T03:06:25+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSun, 26 Sep 2021 03:06:25 +0100 2017 / 3:06 am

    That is an odd choice. With all those exquisite and intriguing plants, the Japanese aralia is a favorite? I suppose it is exquisite as well. I just take it for granted.

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    • greengirlgardener 173008 SunEurope/London2021-09-26T08:18:55+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSun, 26 Sep 2021 08:18:55 +0100 2017 / 8:18 am

      I find it really interesting hearing your view from the other side of the pond. It seems really exotic to me – I guess we have a prevalence of such different plants given our different climates ☀️☔️.

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      • tonytomeo 173011 SunEurope/London2021-09-26T23:47:23+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonSun, 26 Sep 2021 23:47:23 +0100 2017 / 11:47 pm

        There are also cultural differences, which influence preferences. Japanese aralia may be appreciated less here because it had been so common decades ago, and just never recovered from that stigma. There are situations for which the formerly common green (unvariegated) form would be very appropriate, but is difficult to procure. For example, Japanese aralia had been a traditional foliar plant for the now old fashioned Eichler homes, and still suits them perfectly, but is not available in nurseries. Fortunately, ‘Spider’s Web’ works about as well, and is reasonably available. In the long run, it may work out better, since it stays more compact.

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  4. Kenneth Barker 173010 ThuEurope/London2021-09-30T22:01:30+01:00Europe/London09bEurope/LondonThu, 30 Sep 2021 22:01:30 +0100 2017 / 10:01 pm

    We inherited a rather run down garden in Hastings but the star by far was an enormous fatsia which does a good job of hiding our neighbour’s garden

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