6-on-Saturday 9.11.19

Just about enough time to grab 6-on-Saturday before it’s back to the painting and cleaning and organising work.  Why are there always things that crop up out of nowhere when you move into a new home?  It seems to have been a constant stream of workmen for the past couple of months, but now and again, the garden takes centre stage and distracts for a moment.  Still no significant work done outside yet, but soon….soon!  Readers who are new to 6 – on – Saturday can join in easily – If you want to get a glimpse of lovely gardens from across the world, and chat to lots of lovely gardeners, then go here https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/  and join in!!

Here are six things that you might like:

These nerines were a complete surprise.  Along this wall and along the front of the house were some rather dead looking bulbs, all crowded and pushed out of the ground. Papery white and looking very dead.  I earmarked them for removing in the new year.  And then, a few weeks ago, up snaked these long shoots with buds, and they became these fabulous nerines.  They’ve been flowing for about a month now, and are just going over.  And to think I nearly dug them up.

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Remember the two concrete planters from last blog? They’re full now of these little violas. Looking very pretty and withstanding the recent deluge very well. Wish I’d planted more.

 

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This rather glorious fungus is growing behind the shed.  I’ve no idea what it is but it’s about the size of a dinner plate and is growing in this curious spiral . Interesting.

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More little surprises. These gorgeous cyclamen have appeared all over the overgrown shrubbery. They are dainty and shivery in the breeze but quite beautiful.  Lovely marking on the leaves too.  Definitely keepers.

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Another amazing plant.  This was flowering when we moved in and still has a few blooms on it now.  I think it’s Phygelia.  It’s very leggy and neglected but such good value that I shall try to prune it hard in the spring and see if I can reinvigorate it.  If anyone thinks this is a bad idea and I should do something different, then all advice gratefully received.  The pea-like leaves around it belong to another plant that I’ve not yet identified.  It has small, bright yellow pea-like flowers – some kind of a vetch, I think.

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Number 6 is this viburnum tinus.  Covered in flowers and smelling sweetly.  It’s too big for its position but it’s another keeper.  I’ll trim it when it’s finished flowering and then think about how much to cut off it in the new year.

So that’s it, 6 quite interesting things that are in the garden at the moment.  With any luck it will stop raining for long enough for me to nip outside and look for some more for next week!

 

The O.G.

9 thoughts on “6-on-Saturday 9.11.19”

  1. I gave up on Phygelius because of figwort weevils, just wasn’t worth the effort to keep on top of them. Time was it would get killed to the ground by frost in winter, so effectively herbaceous. Not now in most places though. Pruning it to the ground is what I’d do. The thing with it is Coronilla I think. Your Nerines are putting mine to shame, they’ve had a poor couple of years and I’m not sure what to do about them.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I’m definitely going to do that with the Phygelius. I had hoped they might take over from the fuchsias in the garden as they all seem to have fuchsia gall mite. I’m thrilled with the nerines as I know that they can be difficult. They seem to be in just the right place and I also suspect they are quite old. Both good things for nerines, I believe.

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  2. You have some interesting plants in your garden. I waited a year before I did anything in my inherited garden when I moved here, you just never know what might appear! Those Nerines are gorgeous!

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  3. Do you happen to know what species the cyclamen is? I have grown only the common florists’ cyclamen, which is commonly grown only as an annual. Mine got quite large after several years. I think that Cyclamen hederifolia and Cyclamen coum would be nice where landscaped areas merge into redwood forests, although I would not be able to plant enough to be prominent.

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    1. I’m pretty sure the ones in the picture are cyclamen coum. They had leaves then flowers. I also have hederifolia which puts up sweet little flowers before the leaves appear. The coum are in a very shady part of the garden, under trees and seem very happy. The hederifolia pop up pretty randomly across a patch of very neglected rockery/broken paving.

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      1. The Cyclamen hederifolia got my attention first because it appeared in a mail order catalogue. However, I believe that the Cyclamen coum will likely be happier as an understry in the sunny spots f the redwood forests.

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