Six on Saturday: a Mixed Bag

I could have filled my allocated six slots at least twice over with blooms that are still hanging on long past their expected sell-by date, but with a November blooms post planned in a week or so, I looked for alternative candidates instead; nevertheless, I will still begin with stalwart Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ because of its unexpectedly autumnal foliage.

The wisteria’s autumnal foliage is now mostly a golden carpet on the path below, falling quite suddenly during a fairly gentle breeze earlier in the week, a suddenness experienced also by Allison the Frogend Dweller. I swept most of the carpet this afternoon, accompanied by a golden shower as the wisteria continues to shed its remaining leaves.

The bags you can see under the wisteria are full of holly leaves, as hedge trimming nears completion – much to the Golfer’s relief and our joint satisfaction. Instead of boring you with more Hedge Trimming Progress pictures, let’s turn our attention to those stray bits of holly on the snowdrop border, painstakingly removed by hand by means of a series of squats and lunges to avoid standing on the bed itself, and in the process discovering (without any impatient scuffling in the soil) that more snowdrops are emerging and possibly, not being ‘early’ varieties,  a little early for their own good. I noticed at least three little clumps without really looking but, with losing a few varieties being an occupational hazard for galanthophiles, any emergence is a welcome sight, whether early or late.

Snowdrops are not the only winter highlight in this garden, as regular readers will know, with our small collection of witch hazels adding a bright splash of welcome colour in the leaner months. Flower buds form in the summer months and give an early indication of the degree of flowering that can be anticipated, in this case a good display as almost all are well-clothed in promising buds, none more so than Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ – it may or may not be a coincidence that this didn’t flower last year other than an odd one or two blooms. Last season the others all bloomed earlier than usual and were sadly all but over by the time of our February garden opening so it will be interesting to see what they are planning this time around.

Another seasonal task is cutting back and defoliating the scented-leaved pelargoniums in the Coop, a recommended regime I have adhered to since beginning a small collection of them; they may look a bit sad over winter, but I like to think they are grateful for their prolonged rest.

I shared a picture of stunning fantasy greenhouse chrysanthemum ‘Salhouse Joy’ on Wordless Wednesday, but its new neighbour ‘Kiyomi No Meisui’ needs another superlative – what do you think? ‘Kiyomi’ means ‘pure, clean, beautiful’, which it certainly is, but I haven’t been able to find a translation of ‘No Meisui’ although I don’t suppose it means ‘lanky’ despite being at least a foot taller than ‘Salhouse Joy’ and necessitating my standing on a step-stool to photograph it!

If you visit Six on Saturday host Jon the Propagator’s blog you will find yet more Saturday pictures from gardens across the world.

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday: a Mixed Bag

  1. Pauline says:

    Snowdrops are starting to pop up early here too, I’m having to be careful how I rake the leaves up! My wisteria is just about hanging onto its leaves, but after today I’m sure they will be down too. At least with all this dreadful weather, I’m able to catch up on my housework!

    • Cathy says:

      Housework?! I can still avoid that even when the weather is dreadful! But yes, do be careful with your raking – at least my specials are all contained in a specific bed, whereas yours are dotted around au naturel in your woodland

  2. Anna says:

    Yes snowdrops are emerging here too Cathy 😄 I noticed ‘Fieldgate Prelude’ this morning and ‘Trumps’ too I think. As you say early or late all showings are most welcome. I’ve already had my first opening in the greenhouse and another one is not far behind. Your new chrysanthemum is most fetching and looks rather exotic.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s exciting Anna – and actually in bloom in the greenhouse? Without really looking I did notice more here today, so need to get my updated list & map printed off to start ticking them off.

  3. The Persicaria has divine autumnal colors as well as the wisteria with its golden hue, I love them. Snowdrops are coming forward this year, I love them. Hamamelis “Zuccariniana” seems to have very promising buds to bloom not in a long time, it is divine. The Chrysanthemum “Kiyomi No Meisui” is impressive, spectacular, divine, a beauty, I love it: Cathy you have a treasure. Cathy take good care of you and the golfer and keep you safe. Happy gardening. Have a wonderful week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  4. I just noticed today that my common-or-garden galanthus nivalus are poking through already. Also the witch hazels are loaded with buds. What is going on here?

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, that IS early for G nivalis, or at least it would be here in the UK…whereabouts are you? Here they wouldn’t be appearing till the new year, flowering Feb/March, and always later than the specials. The witch hazels do bud up early and here normally flower From Dec-March or so, but they were early last year

      • I’m in Massachusetts. Normally see them poking through around February/March depending on what king of winter we have. My witch hazels seem to be on their normal schedule.

        • Cathy says:

          And east coast US winters can be quite harsh, I think? Interesting that your snowdrops are early but your witch hazels are on schedule…

  5. Noelle M says:

    Thanks for the tip on Pelargoniums, which is another nice little job added to this week’s list. The Chrysanthemums are well worth climbing up on a ladder to admire.

    • Cathy says:

      I know some people let their pelargoniums flower all winter if they can, but doing it this way not only gives them a rest but also gives me a rest from watering and maintenance. Halls of Heddon where I bought these chrysanthemums from gives suggested dates for ‘stopping’ them, but I don’t think it would make any differnce to the height as they are listed as being 1.5m tall. Being in a pot adds another foot or so to this though, so I can’t look them in the eye!

  6. Your Chrysanthemum is amazing, pure beauty. I just have G. nivalis and a lot of them are poking their noses above ground already. It’s the earliest I’ve seen them here (North Somerset)

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, that is early – I certainly don’t want ours to be flowering early as we are due to open the garden in mid February again, Covid permitting

  7. Oh my goodness Cathy I love this Chrysanthemum! It is my kind of flower. Refined colour and spectacular form. More pictures for silent Sunday pls

  8. Pádraig says:

    Kiyomi “is áille”. Most bellissimus.
    No video taken of the prolonged squatting? In other important matters, I’m very much enjoying your amusing turn of phrase. Such wording does keep my attention longer! Pray continue, Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      I did have a giggle at your response Padraig, and am chuffed that you enjoy my language – I do like the written word. Your comments also tend to throw me a little challenge, and as well as asking Google to translate the Japanese names of blooms I am now having to ask it/him/her to translate from Irish Gaelic too… 😁

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, that perisicaria is pretty slick! We got some here, although I did not select it. So far, I have not been impressed with it, and I am none too keen on the color. To me, it looks a bit weedy, like dock. I think I would like it more if it colored like yours. I should see what it is doing out there now.

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