Six on Saturday (5 November 2022)

A briskish Six on Saturday today. After thinking I had weeks to prepare for a new fence it turns out the fencing chap is starting work on Thursday. The next few days will be spent emptying and moving the shed a few feet and digging up those plants that are most at risk of tramplage. Naturally, the weather is set to be decidedly damp over the next few days, but luckily I was able to take Friday afternoon off, making the most of a brief dry spell. The Pyracantha, Coronilla and various climbers that were growing up the trellis fence have been chopped right back to the ground and the lean-to mini-greenhouse has been detached from the shed. Note to self – don’t plant anything near fence posts in future. Anyway…

1. We start with something else I’m going to have to move before Thursday. Pots. This is one of those not-so-hardy Cyclamens that has spent the past year or two outdoors and is still going strong.

2. While brown and crispy is usually a bad thing during the spring and summer, in the autumn it can be rather lovely, especially when it comes to Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise.’

3. Next up, a Cosmos out the front. It looked rather splendid when the sun shone yesterday afternoon.

4. I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai,’ waiting for it to reach peak autumnal fiery foliage perfection before taking a photo. However, you don’t want to leave it too long as you may end up with a shrub that is bare of leaf instead. This was taken just before the Coronilla got the chop and I wonder if I may have jumped the gun ever so slightly. I might try again next week.

5. Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ doing its strangely artificial looking, purple-berry thing. I didn’t used to be a fan. I am now.

6. And finally… Remember the Delphinium requienii that was on the cusp of flowerhood last Saturday? Well, this isn’t that one. However, it dawned on me that I planted another seedling in the south facing front garden. I went in search of it one morning before work, hoping that it might be further ahead than those out the back. It was. More will be grown next year.

They were my Six on Saturday, a meme originally started by The Propagator. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, head over to the blog of the current Six on Saturday host, Jim. Right, I suppose I’d better make a start on the shed. If you hear a manly shriek, don’t be too alarmed, it’ll probably false widow spider related; there seem to be a few that have set up home near the shed and greenhouse.

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28 thoughts on “Six on Saturday (5 November 2022)

  1. ‘tramplage’. I like that. Hopefully there isn’t too much of it during the next few days’ work. I do like the hydrangea with its shiny copper petals- as you say not so perfect in summer, but perfect in autumn.

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    1. I’ve think I’ve resigned myself to things getting trampled on. I hope it all goes smoothly. I have a horrible feeling there might be a potential issue with the neighbours’ raised border on the other side of the fence which might be why one of the current posts is leaning a bit.

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    1. Thank you. All the prep is done. This Callicarpa was bought as a standard online but it seems to want to send out new shoots from the bottom all the time. I’ll give it a year or two and see how it develops and may chop it back and let it grow normally if it doesn’t thrive in mini-tree form.

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  2. It must be said that this year is an excellent year for callicarpa with a very large quantity of berries, isn’t it? My Kojo has turned colour and the leaves are falling into the pond. A kind of red snow for fish

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  3. So stressful, letting tradesmen loose in a garden, hope he’s one of the (rare) good’ns. Cosmos are quite good at the late season thing it seems; I have self sowers looking good, did you sow yours and if so, when?

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    1. I sowed them towards the end of March I think – they’re speedy germinators. I must try leaving some to see if they self-seed. It’s all feeling a bit exposed out there at the moment now the half trellis fence has been cleared of Jasmine on both sides. I’m looking forward to an anti-social 6 foot solid fence.

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  4. ‘Flowerhood’, ‘tramplage’: I just love those terms…bon courage, this time next year, all the stress over the new fence will be forgotten and plants having a new lease of life after getting moved and replaced.

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    1. I hope so! I feel bad about the Coronilla which I’ve dug up and put in a pot for now. I’m not hopeful of its chances but we shall see. The lethal Pyracantha has been dug up and is no more – it felt quite liberating and I’m already pondering what to replace it with – something less lethal I think.

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      1. Pyracantha look wonderful at this time of the year, in other people’s gardens! Yes the Coronilla will come through if it has a good root ball, I am sure you will have look after it and by the time the fence is renewed, the soil will still be warm.

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  5. Lovely to see the delphinium at the end! I keep trying unsuccessfully to grow it from seed. A lovely six (I’ve always like callicarpa … something I keep forgetting I want to add, so thanks for the reminder). Is your ‘Kojo-no-mai’ in a pot? Mine is, and I’m not sure it’s as good a plan as I thought. It just went ‘whoops’ and dropped all its leaves at once instead of letting them linger so I could enjoy. Perhaps better in the ground where not so stressed? Good luck with your fence – this time next year it will be as if it never happened … sorry – just read Noelle above! Great minds …

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  6. Good luck with the workman, fingers crossed you’re able to get everything shifted in time. I didn’t grow any cosmos this year & have regretted it every time I’ve seen how well they’ve grown for everyone else!

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  7. Ah, yes, snap with the Vanille Fraise! They do look rather lovely as they enter the final phase. Good luck with the fence people. When I had workmen in the garden I stuck all my pots under a patio table as far away from them as I could! I have two Coronilla in pots so hopefully yours should be fine for a while.

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  8. My Kojo no mai is taking iyts time turning colour, yours is way ahead! Good luck with the fence, I’m sure your plants in pots will enjoy their new soil and come bouncing back in the spring!

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  9. That delphinium was definitely worth the wait. Looking forward to seeing the new fence. Will Bolt make a cameo appearance soon? I think it must be the best name for a garden snail. Meanwhile, I haven’t named our wire bird yet………..any ideas?

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