Six on Saturday 23rd October

Hi! I’m supposed to be doing my Tesco online shop, but the website’s been down all day, so here I am instead, having taken a sojourn in the garden to do some autumn tidying and found that, actually, there’s still plenty of botanical goings-on out there that are worthy of reporting.

It’s a mix of seasons out there so I’m going to start with a couple of reminders of summer that are still lingering on out there with hope in their hearts. The first is specifically for my aunt with whom I share a love of these gorgeous giant begonias in apricot shades. She sent me a picture of one of hers earlier this week and I reported back, with some envy, that mine were fading fast, but, look ……

….. this definitely isn’t fading!! How does nature know how to create something so beautiful?! I was intending to clear the wheelbarrow planter that the begonias lived in this summer, but I couldn’t resign this to the green bin.

The second point is cosmos. I grew these from seed and they’ve got huge!! I planted them in between my sweet peas (which were a bit of a flop this year) and my runner beans which were whatever the opposite of a flop is (flap?) I cleared the flop and flap and then had to prop the cosmos up once their bed fellows’ support had gone. Such a pretty colour and there are dozens of buds waiting to burst open. Fingers crossed that the weather stays mild enough to facilitate some late magenta blooming.

Moving on to more autumnal offerings and I decided to share some white frothiness.

On the left is my favourite eupatorium. I’ve a feeling I wrote a few weeks ago that the flowers of the eupatorium were somewhat of a let down after their beautiful purple and green foliage during the summer, but actually, this year the flowers are gorgeous and far more plentiful than in previous years. There’s something of a bubble bath about them.

Bubbling away next to the eupatorium is my fatsia japonica. The leaves are definitely the star of this mottled beauty, but the flowers and weird raspberry-esque fruits are worthy of a mention. They really are most unusual and eye-catching.

Next up, I’m forced to reluctantly admit that winter is on its way by the appearance of hellebore flowers in my birthday planter. Hopefully they’ll get a bit bigger because they’re currently hidden under the profusion of leaves and it would be nice to see them poke their little heads out to look around. I have another hellebore which bears velvet-like purple flowers, but there’s no sign of those appearing yet.

My granny is the link between these final two points, the first of which I think is appropriate to continue my winter theme from the previous point. I may be wrong because I’ve never grown these nerines before, but they look to me like they’re gearing up to do something! They came from granny’s garden after she passed away and I really wasn’t sure where they’d like to be, so I planted them here in the space left by a geranium that I removed, and kept my fingers crossed.

For the final point I’m thinking positive, and forward to next summer. I bought this rose after granny died because it shares her name, it’s Sheila’s perfume. I think I shared a photo of its flower in an earlier Six, it has stunning rhubarb and custard coloured petals and an amazing scent. I pulled out a tree rose that had some kind of infestation and put Sheila in its place. It had been in its pot for some time whilst I found space for it, so I was worried it might not thrive, but here you can see some promising new growth so I’m hopeful for success next year.

Right, I’m off to check Tesco’s website to see if I can update my order for tomorrow or if we’re going to get a bag of cat litter delivered!! Whilst I’m doing that, why don’t you pop over to visit the Propagator to see his Six this week?

13 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 23rd October

  1. Roguegarden 173106 SatEurope/London2021-10-23T18:37:14+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Oct 2021 18:37:14 +0100 2017 / 6:37 pm

    I agree that the nerines look promising, though I admittedly have even less experience of them than you do. The fatsia is gorgeous, the frosty white tracery on its leaves picked out by the white blossoms. Eupatorium’s flowers have a marvelous, frothy texture. Mine were rather meagre this year; let’s hope that another season’s settling in brings similar improvement.

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    • greengirlgardener 173106 SatEurope/London2021-10-23T18:50:18+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Oct 2021 18:50:18 +0100 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Frothy is exactly the right word for eupatorium flowers, isn’t it!!


      • Kenneth Barker 173109 SatEurope/London2021-10-23T21:54:11+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSat, 23 Oct 2021 21:54:11 +0100 2017 / 9:54 pm

        Our fatsia is the star of a disappointing garden and the fruits are abundant again this year. The last straw for Helga is that the whole garden is contaminated by wild garlic which is virtually impossible to remove. We have had to take drastic action against badgers this year too and the concrete fortifications are simply ugly.

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      • greengirlgardener 173112 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T00:39:08+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 00:39:08 +0100 2017 / 12:39 am

        Oh dear, that does sound like a challenge! We have a problem with violets – they are self seeding quicker than we can pull them out!!


  2. Amy Rich 173102 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T02:15:32+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 02:15:32 +0100 2017 / 2:15 am

    I love that big begonia! It’s lovely.

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  3. tonytomeo 173106 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T06:35:41+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 06:35:41 +0100 2017 / 6:35 am

    Does the bloom of Fatsia japonica exude an objectionable fragrance? I thought that they were pollinated by flies, but have been informed otherwise. I really do not know who pollinates them.

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T10:12:06+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 10:12:06 +0100 2017 / 10:12 am

      No, not that I’ve noticed. I haven’t noticed anything buzzing around it.

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      • tonytomeo 173101 MonEurope/London2021-10-25T01:47:02+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonMon, 25 Oct 2021 01:47:02 +0100 2017 / 1:47 am

        That could be a good thing.

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  4. Paddy Tobin 173109 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T09:14:55+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 09:14:55 +0100 2017 / 9:14 am

    Nerines like to be in the hottest, sunniest and driest position you have in the garden and do well long after they have become overcrowded.

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    • greengirlgardener 173110 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T10:13:29+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 10:13:29 +0100 2017 / 10:13 am

      Excellent – thank you. They’re obviously not going to get much sun for the next few months, but that spot is one of the sunniest we have.

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      • Paddy Tobin 173101 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T13:50:53+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 13:50:53 +0100 2017 / 1:50 pm

        They will do well for you!

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  5. Jim Stephens 173111 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T11:26:20+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 11:26:20 +0100 2017 / 11:26 am

    It’s certainly true that the bedding Begonias outflower and outlast just about everything else but I haven’t settled on the right colours to truly fit in. Apricot shades might be the way to go, avoiding primary colours and white.

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    • greengirlgardener 173111 SunEurope/London2021-10-24T11:42:31+01:00Europe/London10bEurope/LondonSun, 24 Oct 2021 11:42:31 +0100 2017 / 11:42 am

      The only place I’ve managed to find apricot shades is Thomson and Morgan. They arrive a bit bedraggled but they recover soon enough.


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