Six on Saturday – 10/10/2020

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.

Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Sizun’

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.

Dahlia ‘Hayley Jane’

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.

Roscoea hybrid.

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.

Nerine masoniorum.

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.

26 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 10/10/2020

  1. I like that Nerine ‘Stephanie’, very nice colour. I have a very light one also but it is without a name.

    Schefflera – I think fortune has smiled on you and nature is telling you what is the best thing to do with it! (You may gather that I don’t like them. LOL)


      1. It was a seedling from Edward Needham’s highly regarded collection, gathered on a trip round his garden, where it was pretty impressive. I’ve given a cutting raised pup to a gardening friend with better conditions for it so my part in the story is over.

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    1. The fuchsia has grown massively this year, whatever isn’t suiting the Schefflera is obviously to the Fuchsia’s liking. Cut it hard back or dig it out, that is the question.


  2. You’ve got me thinking that I need to take a look at my roscoea to see if I’ve got any seeds. I had no idea where to look and in fact had never thought to. How interesting!


  3. Dahlia ‘Hayley Jane’ is making up for her slothfulness now, I hope you manage to get a few more weeks of flowers from her. I have one that has only a couple of buds, on very short stems and I doubt if it will make it to flowering stage. The Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Sizun’ is a lovely shade of blue.


  4. In our climate, where most plants that appreciate warmth get an early start, dahlias seems to start later than in other regions. I notice it more now that I see pictures of dahlias blooming in early summer in the Pacific Northwest. I think they start blooming earlier there than here! In my former garden, I really thought that dahlias were late summer flowers. Some were at their best immediately before the weather got too cool for them.


    1. Do they lift them and start them under glass in the Pacific Northwest, or can they leave them in the ground? I think soil temperature is critical here, some years they just don’t seem to want to get going.

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      1. In the Pacific Northwest, dahlias are lifted and stored, but then put back out directly into the garden. There is no need to start them under glass. I do not know how well they do if left out through winter, or is started under glass. I had not asked.
        I had always left them out in the garden because it does not get very cold here. They can get congested eventually, so they eventually should be dug, even if they are just dug, divided, and put right back into the garden without storage. Someone who worked here a few years ago dug and stored dahlias through winter. I do not know why that was done. I suspect that they never got congested, and regenerated more uniformly with that extra effort. I started working here after he retired, and found a bucket of dug and stored tubers that were not replanted. One of the fat tubers somehow survived, and was planted a year late!
        My colleague down south is presently experiencing difficulty with many dahlias in a cutting garden. They do not succumb to frost soon enough there, so instead succumb to mildew and rot in the longer and cooler nights. (Although the climate is arid, the dahlias get irrigated.) If cut back too early, the tubers are offended. If cut back too late, the tubers can start to rot. The climate there in Beverly Hills is supposed to get slightly more chill than Los Angeles, but still does not get much. Dahlias are spectacular there, but take a bit of effort.


      2. My biggest problem is slugs attacking the new shoots the second they get above ground. It can be relentless. Some are also getting congested after several undisturbed years. I’m going to try lifting them just before they emerge, then taking cuttings of the new shoots and dumping the main plant. From then on I’ll treat them like I do seedlings, which I find generally easier to grow.

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      3. To me, seedlings seem like they would be more work. Dahlia tubers are so easy to grow from division of their tubers that I never tried growing them any other way. I have not grown them from cutting.


      4. It’s mostly about keeping them out of the way of the molluscian menace from March to May without taking up room that I dont have. Seedlings fit nicely, planted out big enough and late enough to escape the worst, I’m trying to replicate the timing for clones.

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