We’re in a nice benign spell of weather just now which is keeping the flowering going. Cold first thing but pleasant if you’re working or wrapped up. Long may it continue. Most things survived the recent gales, beaten down but not broken. I haven’t done a lot of patching up, it’ll mostly get chopped down in a few weeks time.
It’s the time of year for moving stuff around and several of my six concern plans to do just that.
For a long time I’ve cropped and tweaked the pictures I use on here and saved them as SOS***.jpg. This one is SOS666.jpg. Just saying. Every time we pull into our drive, this group of plants is there to greet us. At the back is a shattered Salvia ‘Amistad’, at the front a wrecked Amarine. (which last very well as cut flowers it turns out). The pot of Begonias though is the best it’s been all year. Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to give due credit to anything still flowering its socks off mid October.
Miscanthus ‘Ferne Osten’. In nursery days we did several Miscanthus forms and this was the best of them. In the garden though, it’s never fulfilled its promise. It always flops into an untidy tangle as it comes into flower, even this year when I thought the dryness might give it some backbone. I have Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ lined up as a replacement and I think I can find somewhere for ‘Ferne Osten’ where it may behave better.
Zingiber mioga ‘Crûg Zing’. I bought this because a fully hardy ginger seemed exotic and the picture of the flower made it look quite showy. It has spread to form a really dense clump about four feet across and three tall. The flowers though are at ground level and if you can see them at all are hardly lighting the place up. They’re 2 inches high at most, dull pinkish orange. Do I move it or do I dispose of it? Can I find someone who’ll take it, or most of it? I want to put Hedychium ‘Tara’ in its place, a much better plant.
Plectranthus zuluensis. Now this is a lovely thing. We were given a somewhat potbound specimen earlier in the year, which we put into a decent sized pot. Rather late in the year we are getting rewarded for our efforts. Another thing needing space under cover for the winter though.
Polytunnel. Yesterday I cut down and removed the tomatoes. Best year ever without a doubt. I have a lot of small Camellias in this unheated tunnel and I’m going to plunge some of them up my allotment. The tops are hardy, but not the roots, so they will be safer up there, planted but still in their pots. That’ll give me some room to move potted Fuchsias in for the winter. Just need to prepare some ground up the allotment, which in turn means moving strawberry plants.
Camellia of the week. Camellia sasanqua ‘Tanya’, which is actually growing on my allotment and desperately needs rehoming. It’s a damn fine plant; small dark green glossy leaves, dark purple to begin with. Masses of pink scented flowers up to 5cm across in October and November. Compact dense habit.
One more Saturday in October, then into November. No real sign of winter here. The maritime climate of Cornwall isn’t characterised by sharply defined seasons, which does make deciding when to do things difficult sometimes. Cut Dahlias down once they’ve been frosted; what, February, seriously? Then again, if I have six things flowering for Christmas and New year, who am I to complain.
Lots of links to other posts will as ever come into The Propagator’s comments as the day wears on. Everyone’s favourite over the garden fence moment; ooh, aren’t your aster’s looking lovely, mine have finished but my nerines ain’t bad. Shame we can’t all share a coffee and biscuit.