Six on Saturday – 11/1/2020

There seems to be fair bit of stuff that is perhaps a bit too far on, at risk of getting frosted, vulnerable to slugs. Then there are last year’s leftovers, things like Salvia and Plectranthus, that got singed by frost but are still hanging on. Difficult to know what to try and protect, what to leave to its fate. Been doing a bit of tidying up but not much else. In the sense that there are early signs of growth all over the garden you could say there’s quite a bit happening, which is a good thing, but it’s all the same thing. It’s hard this time of year to get a different angle.

The next of my hoop petticoat daffodils is flowering. This one is Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuus. Deep yellow and with buds still coming up looks set to go on for a while.

My Amaryllis belladonna clump produced just one flower spike in 2019, having excelled itself in 2018. Perhaps it exhausted itself. The foliage is pretty lush now, around 9 inches tall, so I’m hoping it’s a sign of good things to come. I should probably try to avoid shading where they’re growing, even after the foliage dies down, I think they like some summer sun.

Maianthemum flexuosum BSWJ9150. I last included this in June 2018, flowering when you would expect it to flower. There were two slightly different plants in the pot when I got it, I’m not sure which of them this is. I was planning to try and separate them this winter but with it nearly in flower I’m reluctant to did it up. I can’t see it surviving a significant frost, it comes from Guatamala.

I’m finding myself having to go round checking on the bulbs I have all over the place, looking for the ones that are hidden under vegetation that grew over them after they died down last summer. The Osteospermum here has a clump of Muscari under it, seemingly label-less but not the usual one. The Geranium palmatum is encroaching on a clump of Maianthemum racemosum and somewhere under it is a good form of Erythronium which I couldn’t find. I’m sure that did have a label. The secateurs have been deployed.

With the sun low in the sky the back garden is mostly in the shade of the house in mid winter. When it does shine, the front still gets a bit though and this group of Agave montana, Agave parryi and Coprosma were looking good yesterday morning. I think the Coprosma is ‘Pacific Sunset’ but I’m happy to be corrected. (Or to have it confirmed)

A slightly jittery midwinter video. Could be the autofocus, or image stabilistation, or my shaky hands. I need to read the instructions. Just birds and traffic on the soundtrack.

The wind is picking up, it doesn’t sound like the sort of day I’m going to want to be outside. I could work on my video technique, or do some DIY.
Or I could pop across to The Propagator and follow the links to the rest of the far flung Six on Saturday world.
Even all three, suitably prioritised.


23 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 11/1/2020

  1. I like the Video, Fred. Your garden is inspiring even in winter. I particularly like the Coprosma as the backdrop to the Agaves.

    Have you heard about the blue grub that is destroying Agaves? It chews it’s way up the centre of the plant.


  2. Number 5 is lovely in the sunshine. I haven’t tried “Hunt-the hidden-bulbs” yet this year. Last year, many were hidden by the forget-me-nots and perennial geraniums to start with.


    1. Or tucked the Agaves into the corner so I don’t stab myself every time I go near, then wedge the Coprosma in behind so it doesn’t keep blowing over. A happy accident, design wise, as most of mine are.


  3. I’m another fan of photo #5, even if it came about by accident. Really, really lovely. Does the amaryllis belladonna attract those nasty red beetles? Love the video. It’s amazing how much more I see in the video than the still shots. Guess our eyes (or mine) are designed for that shifting light/perspective in order to discriminate form. Your birds have very lovely accents, too, btw.


    1. I’ve not seen lily beetle on Amaryllis, thank goodness. I’m with you on the video, it seems to convey much more of the sense of being somewhere. I’ll pass on the complement to the local birds.


  4. The Coprosma is lovely. Like you, my back garden doesn’t get a lot of sun at this time of year, due to a low sun and a high barn 😕 but the sunny bit is doing OK so far. Lots of bulbs poking through and dwarf irises in flower plus some of last years anemones. But other bulbs (in the ground) seem to have disappeared altogether. Can’t say I blame them with all this rain we’ve had.


  5. I enjoyed the video too Jim, really interesting to hear as well as see the garden. There is a lovely segment on radio 3 at about 8am on Sunday mornings called “sounds of the earth”. They play a ‘field recording’ of something in the natural world and then link it to music inspired by that sound. Recently on Saturday mornings at about the same time they have encouraged listeners to send in their own sound recordings and I think it would be wonderful if someone could capture some of the sounds of their garden.


  6. I have never known Amaryllis belladonna to not bloom. I should be more observant. It must have off seasons during which it blooms less; because I have noticed seasons during which it blooms more. It is so common outside of the landscapes that I do not notice it much. It is not my favorite color, although I am pleased that it is there and everyone else likes it. Those daffodils are still rad. Of course, this was more than two weeks ago.


    1. I think possibly that because we had an unusually dry summer in 2018 that the bulbs became somewhat dessicated, much like my Nerines. They’re right at the surface and probably don’t have very deep roots because they don’t normally need them. I don’t really know though.

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      1. Now that you mention it, I remember that others have mentioned that the roots are sensitive. I never had a problem with them. They grow like weeds; but of course, most get watered at least occasionally through summer.

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