The garden may not be as floriferous as it was in June and July, but there is still much to enjoy in it as there also is in the Coop, where the scented-leaved pelargoniums are putting on a pretty show – the one above is ‘Copthorne’. I am also pleased with the progress of the 3 streptocarpus I bought as plug plants earlier this year, which have been flowering for weeks – ‘Harlequin Lace’, ‘Harlequin ‘Dawn’ and ‘Harlequin Blue’. They have been more than happy in the Coop but may need somewhere milder over winter.
The pot of three or four sarracenia have also done well but their saucer of water needs to be topped up at least once a day in the summer and I rather like Monty Don’s idea of sinking the pot into a pond – not that we have a pond, but I could divide the plants and put an individual plant in another pot and pop it into the nearby blue bowl that acts as a mini-pond.
As well as the eucomis or ‘pineapple lily’ that was featured on Wordless Wednesday, there are others in the Coop, and along with E bicolor flower spikes are now emerging on huge E pallidiflora ssp pole–evansii (centre) and E autumnalis (right). No sign of blooms on my favourite little pink-flowered E ‘Leia’…
Dwarf Agapanthus ‘Double Diamond’ is in full bloom as are a number of calla lilies, their blooms largely camouflaged by masses of foliage although the yellow one stands a little more because of its brightness:
In my endeavours to add more permanent plants to the Coop I have this week invested in some clivia seedlings, to join a clivia I have grown from seed myself. I have grown up with a clivia in the family house, although managed to kill my own offshoot some years ago once outdoor gardening overtook my interest in houseplants. My own seedling (on the left) was sown more than 4 years ago and is possibly just about old enough to consider flowering, but its new mates of 18 months and 6 months have a long way to go although
hopefully the more unusual colouring of ‘African Yellow’ and ‘Pippin Green’ will be worth waiting for. Their price presumably reflects their relative scarcity, but I did also treat myself to some seeds of a pale pink unnamed variety, which were a little less costly. The seeds are HUGE and much larger than the bog-standard ones I successfully germinated.
Well, that’s my six for this Saturday. I will continue to seek out suitable plants to join them, and have today managed to submit my bulb order to Peter Nyssen which inevitably includes spring bulbs to bring early colour to the Coop. I wonder what our Six on Saturday host Jon the Propagator is featuring today? Do join me in visiting his blog and finding out.