Hello and good morning; or indeed afternoon, evening or night. It’s time I joined again with The Propagator in the weekly display of Six Things on a Saturday. Following on from last week’s foliage fest, I’ve spotted a few more autumn colours worthy of inclusion, so we’ll start with those:
1. Resplendent Ribes
The Ribes is positively blushing with autumnal good cheer. The leaves seem to take a two tone approach to the whole situation which, upon closer inspection, makes for quite a whimsical display.
Gently idling along from green to yellow, the Spiraea is brightening up this little corner of the garden.
3. Ambiguous Anemone
The delightfully fluffy seedheads of Anemone sylvestris appeared on a Six on Saturday a few weeks ago, but the foliage is today’s focus. There are several things worth pointing out here. First, the main (and original) clump of Anemone has yellowed and blackened. Second, one of the subsidiary clumps, that has cropped up in the nearby Phlox subulata, has reddened, rather than yellowed and blackened. Third, the leaves around the seed heads have remained green, rather than having reddened, or yellowed, or blackened. I can see why the foliage around the seed head might remain green; keeping the stem viable for as long as possible to ensure seed dispersal. I’m not sure why one section of the plant would turn red when the rest hasn’t. I remember reading a theory somewhere on the idea that the boldness of a tree’s autumn display is directly related to it’s health and fitness, in an evolutionary sense. That could make sense here too: the old clump being less vivacious than the newer shoot at the perimeter. Anyway, there’s some food for thought.
4. Oxalis hirta ‘Gothenburg’
This little delight is looking pretty chuffin’ marv in the greenhouse at the moment. It’s not quite getting enough heat or sunlight for the flowers to open fully but I can’t say I mind too much.
I really like these cheery chaps. The white one is showing a bit of fasciation; the disc florets have expanded sideways rather than forming a neat little circle of yellow.
6. Aristolochia californica
I showed this several weeks ago: I thought I’d spied some flower buds and was wondering whether it would manage to flower before the cold weather sets in. Well it has turned out to be a flower bud, but the jury is still out on whether it will get a chance to fully open.
That’s all for this week. Have a jolly weekend!