Six on Saturday: Going…

…is crab apple Malus ‘Golden Hornet, with its manky rotting yellow crabs…

Still here, however, is multi-coloured foliage of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Ruby Glow’, although most of my other witch hazels are now completely nude:

Nerines in the Coop are still looking attractive too, and although some flowers are now over there are now belated and single blooms on N bowdenii ‘Isabel’ and ‘Alba’, both a refreshing change from the pale and perhaps insipid other blooms:

The third of my early flowering snowdrops is coming into bloom in the entrance border, possibly my favourite early variety, Galanthus ‘Barnes’. It has relatively huge bulbs and seems to bulk up quickly as I started with a single bulb not very long ago and there must be half a dozen of them now:


Down at the bottom of the garden I have been bubble-wrapping the working greenhouse. Most of the bubble wrap is on the inside but, where staging and storage make this difficult, some has been clipped on the outside. In view of current energy prices, I am going to reduce the temperature the greenhouse is heated to, as it only needs to be kept above freezing. The Coop, however, needs to be kept above 6°C and although as a lean-to greenhouse temperatures don’t drop as much, but for the first time I will add bubble wrap here too, to keep dependence on the electric fan heater to a minimum. Both greenhouse heaters are thermostatically controlled, which takes the guesswork out of it.

Next to the working greenhouse the cutting beds continue to decline, and I have pulled out the zinnias (the remaining buds have only sulked when rescued and put in water) and removed the two layers of netting from the first of the beds. There are still hangers-on in the others, but I think the time has come to work around them and remove as much of the dead material as possible, so that will be job for tomorrow.

Jim of Garden Ruminations is the genial host of this meme every Saturday, so why not pop over to his blog now and see what’s happening in other people’s gardens?

In the meantime, I am happy to say that Golden Hornet has now GONE, in a shower of yellow crabs…

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday: Going…

  1. Cathy says:

    I get the feeling you are not fond of ‘Golden Hornet’ Cathy – I always thought its little apples lasted longer than November? Some lovely autumn colour there. I have the wishy/washy nerines – cheap purchase and not the hot pink on the packet. I have to add to the existing using some stronger colours. What are you protecting in the Coop over the winter? Lovely to see your garden again – it’s been a while!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, they do usually last longer but still rot on the tree as the birds don’t want them, and generally don’t drop off either – which meand it looks ugly for months. I used to be able to pull them off, but I can’t reach much of it now, and have been wondering about culling it for a year or two. The Coop is home to various pots of tender or bordline tender plants – clivia, streptocarpus, eucomis, nerines, pelargonium, etc, and pots of spring bulbs too. The clivia and streptocarpus need a minimum of 6 degrees

  2. Although it is a little sad when the apples drop, they a make a pretty golden carpet.

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    You have reminded me to find the bubble wrap for the greenhouse.

  4. Heyjude says:

    Well that was a quick decision. I wonder what you’ll replace it with.

    • Cathy says:

      Indeed it was, Jude, although it had been at the back of my mind for a while. I am thinking it will probably be some sort of shapely shrub, although if I hadn’t just ordered from David Austin it might have been another rose!! 🤣

  5. Changes, changes…your garden looks healthy amid the seasonal shift. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, always something new, and regular visitors to our open gardens pride themselves on spotting what has changed – although they might not notice the crab apple has gone as it would not have been flowering or fruiting when they visited

  6. Noelle says:

    All those plants you keep in your heated greenhouses, I do hope you will give us a tour on SOS some time. Best get rid of plants you are not happy with, after all there are loads of things than either need extra space or light, or there may be more out there that you want to try.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s an idea to to do an SoS on the greenhouses – although some parts are not a pretty sight! ‘Warts and all’ is good though, as it encourages the rest of us, I think!

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I love how there are still glimpses of bright colour left amongst the darker greens and browns of autumn. Your Nerines are looking good: mine always keel over in the first frost, and it seems somewhat pointless to grow them. I wonder what you got rid of the Golden Hirn. Was it because of the manky rotting yellow crabs?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jane – my nerines are in the Coop, so are not affected by frost, but they still don’t flower particularly well, and the leaves yellowed ages ago. This year was the best year ever, as all of the bulbs of the ordinary N bowdenii flowered (5 or 6, plus some bulblets), but there was only 1 each of Alba and Isabel. The fruits on this crab apple just rot on the tree – the birds don’t eat them and they don’t drop off, so it’s an ugly sight for several months

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Manky rotting yellow crabs?! That sounds . . . . unappealing. It is unfortunate that it did not make the grade anyway.

  9. Always sad to see a tree go but if it doesn’t pay its ground rent and make you smile you’ve made the right decision. It seems to loose the berries remarkably early in the season. What will you replace it with Cathy? I love the autumnal foliage of witch hazel ‘Ruby Glow’. One of my few witches has only just started to loose the green leaves but it is perhaps protected by a wall behind it and willow branches that shade it. I wish that I knew what it was.

    • Cathy says:

      They certainly don’t usually start to rot quite so early (I don’t think), and it’s probably weather related. The more sheltered of my witch hazels still have their leaves – Ruby Glow is under the apple trees. What clues do you have of the identity of your mystery one?

  10. P.S. I know that it’s a witch hazel but not the variety 😂

  11. Pauline says:

    Once again you have been very busy! You now have another planting opportunity, I wonder what you will choose? I’m sure we will all be wondering about the number of pots that we bring in for the winter, do they really need heat or can they manage in an unheated greenhouse that has been bubble wrapped and maybe extra covering from fleece when its frosty?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, you have made me think, Pauline. Some things in the Coop just need to be frost free, and I could move the others into the house – probably just the streptocarpus and clivia, which wouldn’t be too bad

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