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 pole–evansii 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?