Six on Saturday: a Mixed and Damp Bag

I suggested in my end of month post that leaves on the trees had not yet started to turn, but today I notice that some of the witch hazels were indeed beginning to colour up – the one above is Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’. Sadly, none of them are sporting large numbers of flowers buds, unlike last year, no doubt due to the relative dryness of the year.

There are, however, a sprinkling of buds on potted nerines in the Coop, and in full bloom below is the standard Nerine bowdenii:

My two ‘fantasy chrysanthemums’ are also budding up, and having spent their summer outside will shortly need to join the nerines in the Coop. They suffered a major aphid infestation earlier in the year and were cut right back, and although re-growing to a more acceptable (in my mind) height I still cannot warm to them in any way – although the flowers, when they do finally bloom, are a pretty novelty. It barely seems worth their effort after all those months with nothing but their relatively unattractive greenery…

Some readers will have noticed a new purchase of clematis (just a few!). I have learned that this is the best time for buying them because earlier in the seaason so many varieties are out of stock. I wanted to buy spring flowering clematis earlier this year to replace some that had failed when the colonnade was revamped a few years ago, but the choice was poor, and on the advice of Thorncroft Clematis, my current chosen supplier, waited till now to try again. Three of the new arrivals are destined for the colonnade, one for the stump of the oak tree where a cheap purchase proved to be a mistake, and one (C rehderiana) has already joined two of its kind in the entrance walkway:

Whilst talking about clematis, I was astonished to see the rootball of the clematis released from the timber planter that hugged one of the downpipes at the back of the house in readiness for planting a new rose; despite the size of the rootball it hadn’t flowered other than in its first summer, but will be rehomed where hopefully it wil make up for lost time.

Further work on the rose planting has been delayed not just because of the dampness of the weather and the other commitments taking up my time but also because I found the route of the soakaway we installed when we built the extension…

Fortunately I do have some spare bricks and a bag of mortar mix, so when time permits my bricklaying skills will be recalled to raise the planting area a little:

I have to confess to feeling uncomfortable spending so little time in the garden – if it wasn’t for weekend visitors I would certainly be out in the rain today catching up on a stack of seasonal tasks, and although the bricklaying would have to wait there are plenty of clematis to plant! The tagline of the blog is ‘nurturing my soul’ and recently I have been aware that the sheer need to be outside and active in the garden is very much a physical thing…my soul is hungry, which sounds very much like the title of a poem, so watch this space!

I wonder if others have more active sixes this Saturday or if, like me, they have to be content with just looking rather than doing – check out our host Jon the Propagator’s blog and see.

 

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12 Responses to Six on Saturday: a Mixed and Damp Bag

  1. Anna says:

    I must have a peek at my witch hazels Cathy to see what’s happening with the leaves. Oh I do hope that you can get that much needed gardening fix very soon. It’s been very wet and windy here for the last few days and I’m getting restless too. The greenhouse needs a tidy but I had my flu vaccine earlier this afternoon so decided that I should be sensible and give my arm a rest today.

    • Cathy says:

      Good to know you jot your jab in early – they have not been offered through our practice yet. Some of my witch hazels do have buds, I am pleased to say – hope yours do too

  2. Roguegarden says:

    The Nerine is lovely. I like the idea of covering stumps or the bottoms of tree trunks in chicken wire to facilitate training vines on them.

  3. Cathy says:

    I really do understand that need to be outside Cathy! If I had no other commitments I would be out there most of the time too (except when we get a nasty north wind in winter perhaps!). Hope you can get out a bit more in the coming week. šŸ˜ƒ

  4. tonytomeo says:

    The dampness actually looks appealing. I know that sounds silly, but this is a dusty time of year for us, after the long dry summer, before any rain. There has been no rain since last winter. It is normal here, and I really do like the climate here, but the first rain of the season, or even drizzle, is quite an event.

  5. Wow, I see what you mean about the clematis root ball! It’ll be interesting to see how it does in its new location. Happy gardening next week, sometimes just rambling and looking is a whole lot of planning of course!

    • Cathy says:

      I am sure they don’t make such a rootball in the open ground!
      – I must have added some sort of goodness when I planted the container up but it looks as if vigour was root at expense of flower!

  6. Pauline says:

    That is a huge rootball for your clematis, I was going to move one of mine but maybe it can stay after seeing that! Hopefully today will be a little drier than yesterday, it rained non stop all day! Hope you manage to get some gardening done, like you, I need to be outside in the fresh air!

    • Cathy says:

      I will probably have some time this week to get outside, thankfully – hopefully you will too. Might be a good time to move your clematis while it is so wet…!

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