Six on Saturday, or Thereabouts

Rather than make a decision on which photograph to exclude from the selection I took for Jon the Propagator’s weekly meme, I have slipped in an extra one – perhaps if I zip quickly through this post no-one will notice…?

One can’t help but admire Dahlia ‘Art Deco’ (above) for its floriferousness and continuity of bloom; being in a pot on the paved area and in full view from the kitchen windows means it is readily visible too, an added bonus. It came to me in error instead of its cousin ‘Art Nouveau’ but has undoubtedly earned its keep – I wonder whether the latter flowers just as well?

Not so seasonal are random blooms on one or two rhododendrons – the one below is, I think, ‘Percy Wiseman’:

Only recently flowering is the demure anemone ‘Dainty Swan’, one of a few ‘Swan’ varieties. The back of the petals is a very fetching piny purple:

I mentioned in yesterday’s end of month post that the leaves on some trees were suddenly beginning to ‘turn’ and have remembered to look up at the amelanchier – sure enough, seemingly overnight the leaves are no longer green and if I remember to keep checking maybe I will catch them when they are a glorious red too:

I used some of the more tender osteospermum in pots this year for the first time, loving the colour and wondering if it was worth taking cuttings to provide plants for next year. After a few weeks, however, the initially generous flowering fizzled out and I was having to deadhead almost daily so lost my enthusiasm for them; later in the season though, they perked up and regained their floriferousness, albeit on slightly leggy plants. The jury is still out on whether to try and overwinter cuttings:

In my quest for structural shrubs for the ex- snowdrop border, I came across this flamboyant nandina, ‘N Blush Pink’, with even brighter new growth than my existing N ‘Obsessed’ – I hope it proves to be an equally good do-er:

And talking about snowdrops, which I wasn’t really, I spotted the first of my snowdrops of the new season, autumn flowering Galanthus reginae-olgae ‘Foursome’ but struggled to photograph it – resorting to black card as a background finally produced something moderately acceptable…

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19 Responses to Six on Saturday, or Thereabouts

  1. Noelle says:

    The Amelanchier here is just turning, and I wonder if there will be any leaves left by next Saturday. How about that a snowdrop in October!!!!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    I don’t know the osteospermum, but I love its colour.

  3. Great choices! The Dahlias and Nadina are especially lovely. 🙂

  4. Pauline says:

    Your dahlia is quite stunning, such a lovely colour as is the foliage on your Nandina.

  5. I noticed that my amelanchier is on on the turn earlier this week. Just a few leaves so far but such a beautiful colour. Great to see the snowdrops returning but they are oh so difficult to photograph which can be most frustrating!

  6. My Amelanchier turns so quickly that it can be missed. So many books rave about its autumn colour but I don’t think the display is long enough to really count.

  7. Heyjude says:

    My osteos usually survive the winter outdoors, but the flowers do get smaller as the season progresses so in spring I cut them right back. I have never bothered to take cuttings as if they die I just purchase new plants as they are not too expensive. That dahlia is rather lovely, like a fruit salad sweet! And I saw rhodies in flower this week in two NT gardens and was wondering if, like camellias, there are autumn flowering rhodies or if they are just very confused.

    • Cathy says:

      My rhododendron was definitely a weather fluke, but R Cheers can flower anytime from autumn to spring. Thanks for the info on your osteos – I think I bought 6 packs of 4 in the end, so the costs did up, but think I will choose alternatives for some of those pots next year. Might lift and re-pot up a few to see how they fare over winter…

      • Heyjude says:

        There are a few hardy ones, Tresco purple is one. A couple of the less hardy ones made it through winter here, but I rarely have frost.

  8. Cathy says:

    Ooh, the first snowdrop in September! The Nandina is a nice splash of autumn colour. My Osteospermum hated the heat in the summer, which I thought rather odd, and is looking lovely now. But it doesn’t flower very profusely so will not be kept through the winter. By the way, (completely unrelated to this post!) I sowed Larkspur about the same time as you and my seedlings are up now too. How are yours doing? I have only sown them in spring before.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s interesting to read your experience of osteospermun – I have grown them from seed before, so perhaps I should look out for seed in that colour. Great new about your larkspur! Minecwere pricked out a couple of weeks ago and are looking really perky – no idea how much growth they will make before winter though, but it’s a great start! 😊

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Is that an unusually large amelanchier, or is that typical for it? I am unfamiliar with it. It supposedly colors nicely with minimal chill.

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