The clocks go back tonight and I’ve been drawing up a mental list of all the gardening tasks that I need to tackle to prepare the garden for the winter. Bulbs require planting, the Jasmine chopping. There are annuals to pull up, a swing seat to cover and a garden bench to put away. A standard rose needs moving, a penstemon splitting and a new small tree unpotting. And there are weeds that need… err… weeding, borders to mulch and roses to peruse online and order. I’m hoping to make a start later today, weather permitting. What was that? Which chore will I tackle first? Rose perusal and ordering, naturally. One has to pace oneself. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.
1. First up, Snap Dragons. Last year I had an Antirrhinum disaster as most succumbed to ‘rust.’ 2020’s batch have been infection free but most have taken forever to get going. Hopefully they’ll survive the winter and become more robust plants next year.
2. With the exception of the Monster Montana, most clematis tend to die in my garden. However, an evergreen ‘Freckles’ that was planted to grow up the arch a few months ago is sporting a surprisingly long new shoot.
3. This fragrant Nemesia was planted in a pot last summer and has flowered pretty much continuously ever since. If it survives another winter outdoors I’ll make an effort and change the compost.
4. Another week, another Wilko bulb purchase. Narcissus Jonquilla ‘Marinette’ looks rather similar to ‘Falconet.’
5. The leaves of the Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’ have gone full on Autumnal, adding a vivid splash of red in the back border. I suspect it will soon be bare of leaf.
6. And finally… This was something of a surprise; a self seeded ‘Party Dress’ Morning Glory from last year has grown up a bare stem of the Sambucus ‘Golden Tower.’ The upper section of the poor Elder never recovered from the soapy garlic spray that I applied a little too liberally to the aphid infested leaves way back in early summer.
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. Stay safe.