Six on Saturday: In the Mix

As is so often the case, it’s very much a mixed bag for Six on Saturday today, the meme hosted by genial Jon The Propagator, starting with the now naked witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Strawberries and Cream’. It’s not the only thing to have lost its leaves from the recent heat and lack of rain, and there are little piles of leaves beginning to accumulate in corners around the garden and on the streets, with an early autumn very much on the cards.

The weather has certainly had an effect on many plants this year, although not necessarily bad and, despite it, clematis has done particularly well, no doubt assisted by the early season feeding and regular watering they have received as I strove to provide them with some TLC rather than benign neglect. Some though, like the crinkly white ‘Prince George’ (front post on the right), have been unusually late in beginning to flower.

In the Coop, the flower spike on Eucomis pallidiflora ssp poleevansii seems late to emerge, but at least it is emerging, unlike any of my other eucomis; last year, frustrated by the lack of bloom on E ‘Sparkling Burgundy’, I purchased another bulb already in flower…this year I have two non-flowering E ‘Sparkling Burgundy’…!

Down at the bottom of the garden, in the working greenhouse, instead of no appearances we have re-appearances, as I lifted two fairly recently planted clematis that had failed to emerge from the ground and, finding there was still evidence of life, potted them up. Within only a week or two they rewarded me with fresh foliage and a viable future (below is C heracleifolia ‘Cassandra’). Boosted by this, I lifted two other non-emergers and gave them the same treatment: I am now awaiting equally positive results.

You may recall back in February that I shared my excitement in ‘chipping’ snowdrops, a means of propagation, and showed the first signs of new bulbils. Out of the four snowdrops I experimented with three have produced a number of bulbils or new scales and I am about to pot them up in the anticipation of leaves as winter approaches. I had to sift through the little bags of vermiculite they were stored in to find the bulbils, as some had become detached from the original sections of bulbs.

For my sixth contribution, I originally planned to show some of the newly blooming roses, as many begin to get a second flush underway, but my attention was caught by more than just a single Cyclamen hederifolum emerging – surely a clincher for that early autumn we are beginning to expect?

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27 Responses to Six on Saturday: In the Mix

  1. Early autumn? I’m not ready yet! True though that my elderberries are darkening up and it is nearly August. Sigh. I do love autumn, and would appreciate winter if she could be more brief. And when she comes, I want ample snow to rebuild the ground water. Things are still a bit dry despite my county being officially out of drought. I love the flower spike – hope to see it in full bloom!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, UK winters are much shorter than in my youth and I don’t mind them as it isn’t always cold nor do we always get snow, but it was through the blog that I realised how long some US winters can be

      • True enough! When I lived in Minnesota, a little more north than I am now, winter could start in October (winter = snow and freezing temperatures), and may not end until May. More than 6 months of it is too much! At the same time, today is a gorgeous day, 82, not humid, and I am going to go for a walk!

        • Cathy says:

          More than 6 months is way way tto much!!! And three months is too much as well…but we will have to take what we are given of course… 🙄

  2. The occasional passing thunderstorm has kept my rain butts at least half full so I’ve been fortunate to be able to water .most things this summer! Your snowdrop experiment is fabulous – so happy for you!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh that’s good – even though the UK Midlands is meant to have more than its fair share of thunderstorms we haven’t seen or heard any for ages. Our own weather monitor suggests we had 14mm of rain in July

  3. Heyjude says:

    I noticed some pink cyclamen under my tree this week and thought they are somewhat early! What a good idea with the clematis. I might try digging up a couple of mine and see if there is any life. I did move the Clematis koreana ‘Amber’ from the shady front to a sunnier spot in the back (still in its pot) and it is growing well now, so I shall find a sunny spot for it in the spring. I’m still not overly keen on the flowers though…

    • Cathy says:

      Do try it with your vlematis Jude – idf they have been unseen for a while then you have nothing to lose. I am with you on ‘Amber’ and really regret purchasing it – may well take it out and pass it on or sell it at next year’s garden opening. It never seems to have many blooms at any one time and they just don’t appeal to me anyway…

  4. Noelle says:

    Well done on the snowdrops. A question of patience now to see the emerging shoots.

  5. The snowdrop trick is very clever! Most impressive! I said to my husband only this week that I thought I in the early mornings I could just smell Autumn coming and he scoffed at me! 😊

    • Cathy says:

      I agree that the seasons do have adifferent smell and feel – when the leaves begin accumulating soon he will perhaps take back what he said!

  6. Oh I can imagine just how excited you are about the snowdrop chipping Cathy 😂 Where have you been keeping the bags? Something I’ve never attempted as I think that I would end up slicing one of my fingers off. I think that you could well be right thinking that we’re in for an early autumn. Himself has already done the odd bit of leaf sweeping up.

    • Cathy says:

      The bags were in a farwe in the kitchen ,near the Aga, as theylike to be warm and dark. I didn’t cut mine into any more than 4 sections, so it doesn’t get too fiddly – and remember that 3 of the 4 bulbs I tried were in poor condition and hadn’t produced any foliage this year, so I was even more pleased with their rescue!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness! This warm weather is the primary topic from that region this week! In some gardens, the damage was horrid! I do not get it. If I translate the temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit, it does not seem so unpleasantly warm. Such warmth is common here through summer, and we used to grow hamamelis on the farm, with no problems. Strangely though, the weather has been quite mild this summer here.

    • Cathy says:

      I suppose it is all relative, Tony – 100 degrees Fahrenheit was previously unheard of in the UK…

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes; I can remember our worst frost in recorded history back in 1990. It exploded pipes because we do not bother to protect them. It really was not very cold by the standards of other climates.

  8. The Eucomis flower looks lovely, even though it is still to open. Yay to the Clematis that survived the heat. The little cyclamen is a lovely surprise!

  9. Rosie Amber says:

    I do remember your snowdrop project, Glad it came to fruition.A good idea with the clematis too.

  10. Fascinating thoughts and questions. Interesting about the reappearances and re-workings of some of your plants. I’ve definitely had some mystery happenings around here from year to year, as well.

  11. Cathy says:

    The snowdrop experiment is interesting Cathy. Funny to think of them in the middle of this heat! A shock to see a naked Hamamelis so early – mine has survived extremely well and must have put its roots down deep. August 1st was distinctly autumny here. But late summer and autumn do mingle for a couple of months here…

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