Six in the Coop on Saturday

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 poleevansii (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.

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15 Responses to Six in the Coop on Saturday

  1. Angie says:

    I have never been a big geranium person because all I see around where I live are the red ones, which are a no for me. But seeing these today, I clearly need to do more research. I love their lighter color combinations.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, that is a lot of bloom for a potted agapanthus! Agapanthus are very common here. I happened to relocate many this summer. (They should not be relocated during summer, but they needed to be removed from other situations.) Each shoot produces only a single floral stalk, and in a pot, only a few stems would be expected.

  3. Noelle M says:

    That is a good clump of sarracenia, a testament to your daily attention. The blooms on your scented geranium are quite something.

    • Cathy says:

      There are about 3 or 4 different little clumps in the same pot – I didn’t know which to choose so bought a ‘collection’ instead, perhaps too many for this one pot

  4. Anna says:

    I imagine that those geraniums will be flooding the Coop with their scent Cathy šŸ˜„ A friend is going to try out Monty’s idea about the sarracenia in her pond but she was unsure whether he lifted the plant(s) during the winter or not. I missed that section of the programme so don’t know whether he mentioned it. Good luck with the clivia seeds.

    • Cathy says:

      I think the fragrance is mostly from rubbing the leaves, but there is an overriding fragrance in the Coop which they may well contribute to. Monty didn’t mention winter and my own thought at the time was that it would be a sensible thing to do, and with being in a pot would not be hard to do (apart from remembering!)

  5. I grew my first eucomis last year and loved it. Yours look good.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – I especially like the smaller varieties , although the bigger ones do make a real statement. They could be grown in the garden but I would rather keep them safe in the Coop!

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