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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