Unless it’s tipping down, I shall be out in the garden taking the big project sparked by the removal of my tunnel forward. Hacking out the remains of the hedge mainly. I’m working on a different post about that, so I’ll say no more here. I might plant a few bulbs too but I’d better not start on what I might do, too long a list. Wind and rain has left much of the rest of the garden looking decidedly autumnal but there’s colour out there, some from late flowerers, some from near perpetual flowerers, some from unexpected flowerers.
In the unexpected category is Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Sizun’, which does its thing in June and produces very little after that. This year it has produced a number of tall shoots, a foot above the main bush, which are now in flower against the background of the dark foliage and spent flowers from earlier.
When Dahlia ‘Hayley Jane’ produced its first flower of the season a week or two back I thought it would be the first and last. How wrong I was and given a lack of frost, there are lots more to come. Seems to have been a thing this year, Dahlias leaving it till the last minute.
Nerine bowdenii ‘Stephanie’. I bought dry bulbs a couple of years back, started them in pots as advised by the seller but which they didn’t seem to enjoy much, then planted them out earlier this year. I might have to move them, I think the bulbs are getting too much shade to do well.
Roscoea seeds. I’d been watching this plant quite closely but it still caught me out. The seed pods are hidden but seem to explode and spew seeds everywhere quite suddenly. Will I collect them? Do I need any more? Has that ever stopped me before.
Nerine masoniorum seedlings. I suppose they’re seeds, they don’t seem to be enclosed in any kind of capsule at any point so perhaps they’re vegetatively produced bulbils. Nerines produce lots of them very soon after the flowers fade and they fall around, put out a root to anchor themselves then up comes a shoot. I did a pot full of this diminutive species last year and have lost track of them. I’m not sure what happens now, I expect foliage all winter and into next spring, then dormancy. At that point I’ll have a look at the bulbs and maybe make up a big pan of them. They’re probably not hardy enough to be worth trying outdoors.
Schefflera taiwaniana. Some you win, some you lose. I think I may be going to lose this and I don’t know what’s ailing it. It’s been dropping leaves for months, having made very little growth this year. It’s something of a cult plant to have but I don’t really have the conditions for it, full sun and an exposed position is the precise opposite of what it wants. Will I miss it if it goes? Not for long. The Fuchsia ‘Lechlade Magician’ will quickly fill the space.
And that’s it for this week. The sun is shining, the garden beckons. Links to other sixes are where they always are, on The Propagators post.