Welcome to this week’s edition of Six on Saturday. As usual, head editor The Propagator will be overseeing all this week’s entries: a cut here, a rewrite there, a new headline and a good yell about missed deadlines. I imagine.
Usually I’m a bit of a traditionalist in the garden; as soon as most of the autumn flowering plants have finished I clear everything up and give it all a good mulch. I mostly do this because it means I can do everything in one go and save myself having to do too much over the winter months. Well this year I barely touched the garden from about mid-November, leaving me with plenty to do over the Christmas holidays. The upshot of all of this is that all the seed heads have been left standing; some of them have lasted well and provided a bit of interest into the winter. Here’s the best of the bunch:
1. Hydrangea quercifolia
2. Aconitum carmichaelii
The towering seed heads on this often catch the afternoon light, if there is any; that sort of thing has been a little lacking of late. There’s a photo of it in full flower here.
3. Persicaria affinis
Another regular on my Six on Saturdays. It’s not showy but it is so reliable and adds a little bit of interest at the front of the border. Lovely jubbly. After I took this photo I took a spade around the edge of it as it does spread if given half a chance.
4. Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’
Earlier this year I did a post on the various pollinators this plant attracts. I find it quite attractive too, ‘though it’s not particularly flashy.
Another stalwart of both my garden and many others. From summer onwards it adds so much to any garden. It’s appeared a few times over the last few months and I discuss it’s naming in this post.
6. Hebe before and after
I mentioned in last week’s Six on Saturday that I was planning to take it out. I wasn’t lying!
That’s all folks! Thanks for popping by.