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 https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.