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.