It’s Six on Saturday time again, led as ever by The Propagator. Seeing as we’re so thoroughly and truly into autumn now (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), I thought I’d take the opportunity to focus on some the hints and tints of seasonal colour in the garden. I think most of these plants have featured in a previous Six on Saturday, mostly for the flowers. It being a modest sized garden, I’m running out of new things to feature; we might as well view the same plants in a different light.
1. Parthenocissus quinquefolia
The creeper continues to deepen in colour, nicely framing the view from the kitchen window with rich autumnal hues.
2. Hydrangea quercifolia
This one has been making regular appearances this year, attractive thing that it is. It seems to have a trick up it’s sleeve for any season.
3. Physocarpus opufolius ‘Diablo’
Hanging on to both it’s leaves and it’s deep purpleness; the Physocarpus is sticking around for as long as it can manage. It’s another plant that earns it’s place in all seasons: long lasting leaves, coloured stems, flaky bark and abundant flowers.
4. Lobelia cardinalis
The leaves on the Lobelia have started to take on a mottling of purple. I’d not really noticed this attractive feature before; it’s extended it’s season of interest well beyond it’s flowering.
5. Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
The rather pleasant yellow colour of the Dogwood hasn’t come out too well in the photo; in real life it’s doing a grand job of brightening up it’s little corner of the garden. This has taken a while to settle in – I couldn’t decide where to put it for such a long time that it became pot bound. I gave it the necessary root prunage upon planting; short term pain for long term gain. It’s finally beginning to forgive me for it’s abominable treatment.
6. Thalictrum delavayi
The Thalictrum is adding a smattering of yellow to the greenery of the (still flowering) Fuchsia. It always grows at a bit of a jaunty angle, but I’ll let if off seeing as it is so generous with all of it’s other subtle qualities.
That’s all for today. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!