A very late Six this week as it’s been so wet today (and yesterday) that I’ve not been able to get in to the garden to take some pictures. It finally eased off late this afternoon and I could take some photos from the gravel path so here we go.
1. The overnight temperature has been around 3 or 4 degrees this week and some of the plants have suffered. After several hours of 40 mile an hour winds last night the Tithonias have reached the end of their season.
2. Autumn colours are appearing everywhere now. I bought a Ginkgo biloba as a very small plant three years ago. It’s grown much quicker than I expected it to but it’s still in a pot as I haven’t really anywhere to plant it. Sound familiar? The leaves have turned a beautiful yellow this week.
3. I grow acid lovers in pots as the soil here is very alkaline. Acers in pots don’t seem to give a very good autumn show – as soon as the leaves turn they drop. I managed to catch them this afternoon, I’m expecting the branches to be bare tomorrow.
4. The Eucomis bicolour haven’t done quite so well this year – too dry, not enough sun, too windy, too wet – but they’ve turned a lovely colour.
5. Fuchsias are still giving their all.
6. Another Michaelmas Daisy this week, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’. Being a short variety all of the rain and wind hasn’t affected it too much. It might feature again in a couple of weeks when it looks a bit less dishevelled.
After all of this rain we’re forecast a sunny day tomorrow and I intend to spend every minute of it in the garden clearing up and planting bulbs. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to see how all the other Sixers are getting on at