Why hello there, welcome to this week’s Six on Saturday! I haven’t really done much at all in the garden this week; the days are letting in darkness like a boat with a hole in the hull: this doesn’t leave much leeway for post-work toil. We’re slowly wending our merry way into the tapestry of colours, and weather, that autumn brings, and the garden is behaving accordingly. As usual, this post is part of a wider collection of musings and images which can all be found over on The Propagator’s blog.
1. Oxalis hirta ‘Gotherburg’
You may or may not have noticed the occasional Oxalis popping up in and amongst my Sixes. I have a small collection of these intriguing little beauties in pots, to keep me amused when I’m not messing around with Corydalis and Dicentras. They’re slightly mysterious plants, from a grower’s perspective, as there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of information available about them. This is an autumn flowering Oxalis: the species itself originally hails from South Africa, but this cultivar was bred at by Henrik Zetterlund (who happens to be a Corydalis expert) at Göteburg Botanical Gardens (which happen to be the home of Corydalis cultivation). Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with this!
2. The Pergola
Right outside the back door and kitchen window is the verdantly festooned pergola. There are three posts supporting a beam which in turn supports five old wooden ladders reaching between the beam and the house. The main purpose of the pergola was to support the Wisteria, planted at the base of the middle post. One of the outer posts is home to the Virginia Creeper. This was a freebie from somewhere and I planted it to add a little interest in the autumn and to cover the pergola more thoroughly. It certainly does it’s job. It gets a twice yearly hack to keep it in order. In between it’s semiannual mutilations, it sends down dangly appendages to grasp onto passers by:
3. Aristolochia californica
On the third post of the pergola sits this interesting character. It used to be home to a rather fetching Sollya, which sadly succumbed to last winter’s worst excesses. I’ve had this Aristolochia waiting, unloved and unhomed I’m ashamed to say, in a pot for about a year. I finally planted it and it’s made a really good go of things. I think this little growth is the beginnings of a flower. The race is now on to see if it can develop before the season is out.
4. What happens when I’m not paying attention
Sometimes, I’m busy being busy and I hear a pair of little voices say “Can we blah blah blah?”. I usually answer along the lines of “As long as you don’t make a mess,” or something to that effect. I should probably listen to the question in more detail; regardless, a ‘potion’ or ‘soup’ has been created on the patio, using all of the Calendula flowers in the process.
5. Canna seed pod
I noticed this spiky little customer on the old Canna lily flower. I’m not sure what will come of it this late in the year – time will tell. It looks interesting all the same.
6. Hydrangea quercifolia
Ah yes, our old friend the Oak Leaf Hydrangea. The flowers are looking a little ragged now, but I see it has decided to try it’s luck with a new one. Generally speaking, it’s looking great and taking on some nice autumn hues.
That’s all for this week. Have a good ‘un!