Six on Saturday – 21/10/2017

I have to admit that the garden is looking tatty and perfect blooms are in short supply. It’s been wind and rain that have done the damage, not cold. Today it’s lurching wildly from bright sunshine and fluffy clouds to torrential downpours and black skies. We barely get frost any more here, so things get cut down when they start to look ugly. Quite a lot has been cut down lately. I’m still mostly on flowers for my six though; I’m staving off falling back on foliage, conifers, berries and snowmen for as long as I can. It’s going to be interesting to see whether people try and keep something happening in their gardens overwinter or go into hibernation until spring.

There will no doubt be several links to other participants from The Propagator’s blog and as a vehicle for picking up or sharing ideas on what to grow, it’s just great.

One.
Fuchsia ‘Lechlade Gorgon’.  A species hybrid between F. arborescens and F. paniculata. In a pot, under glass and still not flowering until October. Not unusual for species and species crosses when they have been cut down in the previous winter, by cold outdoors, secateurs indoors. Left unpruned it would flower earlier but get very large. Outdoors, if this survived, it would probably never flower.
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Two.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Little Liane’. The Paradise camellia series was produced by Bob Cherry of Paradise Plants in Australia and marketed there mainly for hedging. ‘Little Liane’ was one of a handful in the series that had Breeders Rights, proscribing unlicensed propagation for sale, so presumably it was one of the most popular. I have it in full sun and it is doing well, with masses of buds this year. It’s quite compact, with small leaves and pleasantly scented flowers that have just started to open.
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Three.
Liriope muscari. I have had this for many years and it never does much flower-wise. Looking closely, snails could be part of the problem. Look what I picked off. I hate it when you see something looking gorgeous at Wisley or some such, then can’t grow it for nuts and don’t know why.
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Four.
Begonia grandis evansiana alba bulbils. There are a few Begonias that produce bulbils in the leaf axils, including the various forms of B. evansiana. Should make for easy propagation; I have pushed some into compost in a tray and put it in the greenhouse. I scrounged some bulbils of the pink one too, which I used to have but killed. When I was checking what to do with the bulbils I came across lots of other tasty “hardy” begonias.  Like B. pedatifida and B. ‘Torsa’. Please, stop me someone!
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Five.
Hesperantha is a thing I find myself admiring in other people’s gardens and cursing in my own. Most of what we have is self sown clumps of what I think of as the unselected species. I was given a clump of H. ‘Major’ a couple of years ago which is going well. But they all flop completely.
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Six.
I was going to put a berberis in at number six, but instead I wandered round and snapped away at anything in flower and put together this montage. For most it’s their 2017 swansong so if they haven’t been honoured with a six on Saturday spot before now, they’ve probably missed their chance.
There are some things doing their thing for the time of year, some that are out of kilter and having a funny turn and lots that flower for months. To be snobby about Dahlias, Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and Begonias is to make having a flowery garden very difficult.

Have a good week.

14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 21/10/2017

  1. Pretty sure your 6th is cheating, but you are hereby issued with a waiver, lovely montage! Looking forward to seeing hesperantha next year. Mine from h. cocc. ‘zeal salmon’, allegedly.

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  2. Just looked the Begonia up as I really liked the look of it. As it likes neutral to acid soil guess I won’t be growing it on my very limey soil. Do you think it would it grow in a pot?
    I’ve got Hesperantha ‘Ice Maiden’. It’s sold as white but does have just a tiny bit of pink about it.

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    1. I’m a bit surprised about the begonia wanting acid soil; not saying it’s wrong but I wouldn’t have expected it. It wants woodsy conditions, basically to be growing in the layer of organic matter above the soil, which if you could create would be above the alkalinity of your soil. Or a pot, in shade, should work fine. I asked about the Hesperantha, it came from Cally Gardens, just as H. alba. Pure white, no pink, good sized flowers. I’m promised a bit.

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  3. That fuchsia is the most un-fuchsiaey fuchsia I’ve seen in a long time. Irrespective of whether the montage is a cheat or not, I have to get jealous as I couldn’t fill a single line of it with what’s in flower here at the mo.

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