Autumn has really settled in this week but there’s still a lot of colour from flowers and leaves to enjoy. I’ve been planting bulbs where I can but still can’t bring myself to pull out summer bedding that’s looking good. I mentioned my similar dilemma the other week about emptying containers to plant up with bulbs and winter/spring bedding. Someone replied that the answer was easy – buy more pots. I took the advice (thank you John Kingdon). Anyway, here’s this week’s six
1. An example of the bulb planting dilemma
2. Fuchsia ‘Lottie Hobby’. I’ve had this plant for many years. It’s evergreen in all but the hardest of winters (we’ve not had one of those here for a while) and is quite often still in flower at Christmas. The Heuchera leaves in the photo show how small Lottie’s leaves and flowers are. I cut it to the ground each spring to stop it getting too tall.
3. Gingko biloba has been on my wish list for a while and I found this one on a sale bench last autumn. The autumn leaf colour is gorgeous.
4. Ammi majus. I first read about this plant in a Christopher Lloyd book. He recommended autumn sowing but I never manage it! They do quite well from a spring sowing though. Most of mine have passed their best but a couple are still going strong.
5. Another clematis having a final fling. It’s ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ and lives in an Amelanchier. There’s a lot of flowers a lot higher up!
6. A Hydrangea. I can’t find the name label any more. It’s a star flowered one, I’m fairly sure it had a Japanese name. The leaves are bronze in the spring and the flowers are white/pinky-red. And then there’s the autumn colour! It’s not a really strong grower but that’s probably as well in a garden this size.
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