Morning all, it’s Six on Saturday time again. Autumn seems to be in the air this week: the mornings are a tad dewy and misty, and the afternoons have been pretty delightful on the whole. The Propagator will be hosting a smorgasbord of Six on Saturday delights from around the globe, as is his way. My Six are as follows:
1. The Plant Formerly Known As Sedum
The plant featured above has, unbeknownst to itself I’m sure, undergone a name change; duly noted by many other Sixers. It now goes by the name of Hylotelephium: a name that doesn’t quite slip of the tongue like it’s old one. To further confuse matters, it’s name never seemed particularly clear in the first place. I’ve seen it described as Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’, Sedum spectabile, or even Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ (or ‘Herbstfreude’). The cultivar name ‘Autumn Joy’ appears to be a synonym of the original ‘Herbstfreude’. This was the name given to a hybrid between S. spectabile and S. telephium. What the differences between Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and S. spectabile actually are, physically speaking, I couldn’t tell you. Even if I knew it, I should now be questioning the difference between Hylotelephium ‘Autumn Joy’ and Hylotelephium spectabile. As I alluded to above, it really makes no difference to the plant itself, or to the napping bee.
2. The Plant Formerly Known As Schizostylis
Just next to the Hylotelephium is the plant now known as Hesperantha coccinea. At least with this one, the more recent name is easier to pronounce. The photo is a little lacklustre doesn’t really show it’s full character, with it’s cheery autumn presence giving something to look forward to over the next few months.
Onions drying off in the greenhouse. That just about sums it up!
I included these a couple of weeks ago and here they are again, this time from a slightly wider view point. I could dead head them, but I quite like the daily drama of constant birth and decay. I’m happy for them seed around in this particular spot anyway.
Here’s a funny one for you. Every night an industrious spider spins a web between the greenhouse roof and one of the gravel topped pots on the bench. Every morning I lean over the pots to inspect progress (mainly of the Cyclamen) and catch my head on the line of silk, ending up with a single piece of gravel dangling from my head. It’s a strange sequence of events, and one that is quite difficult to capture on camera. I had to dangle the piece of gravel in front of a pot so I could get the camera to focus properly.
6. Hydrangea quercifolia
I’ve featured this before and no wonder; it’s an excellent plant. It’s semi-evergreen, the leaves are interestingly shaped and colour, it’s peeling bark is a nice detail if it does lose it’s leaves, and the flowers are full of exquisite subtlety. It’s one flaw is that the flowers are so weighty that they tend to bend down to scrape around on the ground. If there was room I’d let it do it’s thing, but space is at a premium, so I stake the flowers up (when I get round to it) to keep growth a little more upright.
That brings today’s Six on Saturday to a close. Do have a jolly weekend, see you next time!