Six on Saturday, Including Some Leftovers

I realised too late last week that I had completely overlooked three things intended for inclusion on last week’s Six on Saturday, the meme hosted by Jon the Propagator; they are all real treats, so how that happened is anybody’s guess! Let’s make up for their absence and start with the pot of nerines, N bowdenii, flowering in the Coop (above). There are about half a dozen pots of nerines of different varieties, but flowering has always been minimal, if at all. This year, most have at least one bud, and this has several, which for me is thrilling!

Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ (below) is not really a surprise, although I don’t always remember to look out for it and it does tend to get hidden underneath a vigorous clump of couch grass under the apple trees. Always the worse for wear after rain, I think it may be time to move it to a position where it is more readily seen. Also below is a fresh spike of Delphinium ‘Cameliard’, the first time I have ever had a delphinium re-flower after having been cut back.

Most of the clematis stopped flowering some weeks ago, but sprawling herbaceous Clematis ‘Arabella’ is still going – what a star!

At the other extreme, Clematis rehderiana has only recently started flowering, although once fully established perhaps it will flower more in line with its late summer early autumn norm. It is meant to have a fragrance too, although I haven’t noticed it, and the pale creamy yellow flowers don’t stand out like their brighter cousins do. Planted to clothe three posts before growing horizontally overhead, the idea was to provide a ‘green tunnel’ along the side entrance, and progress so far is promising, although the flowers have proved more noticeable peeping above the gate from the front of the house:

Providing a great splash of autumn colour, along with crab apples, are the gloriously bright red berries of the stinking iris I foetidissima; there has clearly been a clump of flowers here, but they are so insignificant I have rarely noticed them, which is a shame. I moved part of the clump to the woodland a couple of years ago and there are berries there too, so the iris must be happy there too, which is good to know.

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22 Responses to Six on Saturday, Including Some Leftovers

  1. Delphinium! and I love your Nerines.

  2. The Colchicum is gorgeous – mine are in various stages of bloom, depending on where they’re planted. I just discovered one this morning where I totally forgot to look!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    The Green Tunnel looks like grapes! My colleague down south sometimes reminds me why I could not do landscape design. I would plant only utilitarian material, rather than prettier material. To me though, grapes are quite pretty.

  4. Rosie Amber says:

    I have a stinking Iris which moved itself in from next door’s garden, I shall go and check for berries now.

    • Cathy says:

      Th berries just seem to appear, Rosie – but I suppose when the pods reach a certain point they would split open quite suddenly

  5. Autumn bulbs are something I always mean to grow, but inevitably forget to do anything about until too late for the current year … so I note here that I must buy some colchicums and plant them somewhere I will notice them! Your C. ‘Water Lilies’ look wonderful, well worth searching out.

  6. Pauline says:

    You have reminded me to check for berries on my iris in the woodland. Where would we be without autumn bulbs, they look so fresh amongst all the dying foliage.

  7. I am jealous that you still have so much color! I need to improve my autumn color for next year, both for my pleasure and for the pollinators who are left with broccoli gone to seed now. I did plant some asters this year that will be better established next year. Maybe goldenrod would be good too. If I can pry a little more lawn from the Mower, it would be great to have a cutting garden too that could veer off from my native plant hobby – there are so many gorgeous flowers to grow!

    • Cathy says:

      If you have space, I would highly recommend a cutting garden, even if it is not very good. Stretching the boudaries is an on-going task here, and every square metre make s a difference!

  8. Cathy says:

    The Nerines are lovely Cathy. πŸ˜ƒ And the Delphinium too. I like the idea of a green tunnel. It sounds cool and inviting on a hot day, and sheltering from rain too. πŸ˜ƒ

    • Cathy says:

      It’s always cool down this side of the house, Cathy, although it’s less shady than I once thought as the morning sun shines down it for several hours. I have one bud on N Isabel, a darker pink, for the frst time, so I am especially looking forward to seeing that

  9. Heyjude says:

    Good to see so much colour in the garden still, my clematis ‘Princess Kate’ has eventually flowered and providing some additional colour. Which reminds me I must go out and cut the jasmine back!

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