Deeper into autumn and it’s getting trickier. Camellia sasanqua is just starting, so that helps. We’ve yet to have a frost, which is just as well since there’s a lot of stuff still outside that shouldn’t be. I was admiring someone’s toasted Impatiens yesterday, just a couple of miles away but at lower altitude, so it came close.
Having agreed to open for the NGS again in 2022, we have agreed to three group visits from garden societies, all in July. Suddenly I’m desperate to have more happening in July so adjustments are being made left, right and centre. All the spring stuff is finished, the herbaceous and annuals barely getting started in July. The only thing flowering is Hydrangeas and I don’t really want any more of them. Might have to go back to everyone’s sixes from July, get some ideas. You know where to go for the here and now stuff, over at The Propagator. I’d go there myself but I need my breakfast.
Incoming Begonias. I lifted two Begonia luxurians and my B. U614. I wish they’d give it a name but even without one it’s a good doer so I split it between two 7.5 litre pots. They’ve been move to the other side of the glass since the picture was taken. I collected ripe seed from B. luxurians, though I’m not sure why. U614 has seed pods too but I’m not sure they’ll ripen.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Navajo’. I cut this, the first flower to open, to take to the Hardy Plant Society meeting on Wednesday. It’s slowly opening a few more but for several days I had three varieties with one bloom apiece.
Most of the crafting that goes on in this house is by Sue. I should do more, I might get better at it. The idea was to exclude the collared doves from the bird feeder since they tend to hog it, consume vast quantities and deter the little birds. I’ve seen a couple of blue tits so far, so I know it’s accessible to them. If the doves can get to it still, I can slide the canes a little closer together.
Correa ‘Federation Bell’. There’s a garden down the road which has had a Correa growing for years and a year or so back I knocked the door and asked for a cutting. The plant I grew is doing well but is still in the greenhouse, I’ll plant it next spring. In the meantime I bought this one, which is so similar it could be the same. Hopefully it will come through the winter, it’s in poor soil on top of a wall in as sunny a spot as we have.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘You and Me Together’. I don’t know that insects are much attracted to Hydrangeas so the fact that this one is double doesn’t change anything. I rather like double flowered Hydrangeas, the big balls of a typical mophead are not possessed of any great refinement and I think the double flowers improve things rather than making them worse, as they do in many other blooms. Sue doesn’t like them because she can’t press the flowers. I’m not complaining about the odd perfect flower head in November either.
Plectranthus argentatus. This is the third time in recent weeks I’ve put this in. Having realised that the flowers are not the liability I had thought they were going to be, I got around to looking at them closely. They’re quite pretty and the blue imparts a cool blue haze from a distance. I also found it in a seed list, which sent me scurrying out to see if mine had seeds on it. I cut several sprigs and there are a few tiny black specks appearing beneath them. I think I’ll stick with cuttings. Seed would be easier to overwinter though.
Sorting out potted Fuchsias is my target task for this weekend; clean them up and get them under cover. There, I’ve told the world, now I have to get it done. Now, what do I need to do first……..