Six on Saturday (26 October 2019)

Notes to self; purchasing half a dozen bags of well-rotted manure during one’s lunch break and leaving aforementioned bags of well-rotted manure in one’s car for the rest of day will leave one’s car smelling slightly farm-yardy for days. Handling half a dozen bags of well-rotted manure during one’s lunch break will also leave one with a similar farm-yardy aroma, particularly apparent when sat eating one’s lunch in the staffroom. Anyway, let’s get straight on to my first Six on Saturday…

1. It’s been slightly nippy in the mornings of late, getting as low as 4°C earlier in the week. Things are still flowering away, including the Scabious, but inevitably not all of the buds will open before the first of the frosts hit.

2. The patio rose ‘Violet Cloud’ has flowered non-stop since early summer. It’ll need chopping back in the spring and possibly moving as it’s spilling over the edge of the lawn.

3. It’s been a poor year for the antirrhinums/snapdragons this year. Most of them have caught some sort of blight and snuffed it. However, this little fellow in the front garden has bucked the trend.

4. Up next, Erigeron karvinskianus, otherwise known as Mexican fleabane. It flowers throughout the summer and autumn and is particularly popular with the hoverflies. As lovely as the flowers are you do need to keep it in check as it tends to seed itself around with reckless abandon.

5. The faded blooms of the Hydrangea ‘Miss Belgium’ are looking just as good as they did back in July. Oh to have the space for another Hydrangea.

6. And finally… Remember the box from last week?


Well, it contained (drum roll please)… a Eucalyptus gunnii France Bleu. I’ve spent many a month pondering what could replace the Prunus cerasifera ‘Hessei’ should it get the chop. I finally settled on this dwarf gum tree. In theory it should get no bigger than 2.5m x 2m. Admittedly the Prunus wasn’t supposed to get any bigger than 2m x 2m in 20 years (pah!) but apparently this Eucalyptus can be chopped back hard if necessary. I hope I’ve made the right decision. Time will tell. The evergreen leaves should certainly provide a bit more privacy during the winter.

And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at


20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (26 October 2019)

  1. Your opening lines gave me a giggle as we’ve done similar with both shreddings and muck overnight. I think friends and colleagues have just got used to us now though! The patio rose is a really pretty one, I bet it’s popular with teh insects.

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  2. I love the antiquey shades of faded hydrangea flowers. That one is such a lovely colour. The Eucalyptus doesn’t look very dwarf to me. I always cut mine back because I like the the juvenile leaves. Still lots of colour in your garden.

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  3. I think you only do the manure in the car thing once. I left several bags of mulch in my car overnight, not realizing they were soaking wet. Not a good morning. I had one Eucalyptus (deglupta) grew frighteningly fast.

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  4. I’m happy to see the tree you have chosen. Eucalyptus gunnii is a good choice! I’m just back from a cutting fair where so many species were sold and where there were Eucalyptus gunnii among others. Plants of 1m high for only 8€ … I hesitated when the seller told me that they could reach 6m … I have no room yet .. Keep us updated of the growth

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  5. What a great story to start w/. Hope your colleagues’ve forgiven you. I’m another fan of that eucalyptus. If, as you say, it can be pruned, certainly you’ll be able to contain it. (Famous last words.) Love both the rose & hydrangea. There’s a coupla of the latter on our dog walk & tho they look wonderful during the summer, they really outdo themselves at this of year.

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