Six on Saturday 26/09/20

There’s been a very chilly feel to the air this week and the night-time temperature in the glasshouse has been down in single figures most nights. The forecast rain failed to materialise, bar a few light showers and I am still doing quite a lot of watering. Leaves are starting to change colour, although some trees seem to be dropping their leaves before any change has happened – stress I suppose. My garden (the Non-Gardener insists that it’s nothing to do with him 🤣) is definitely in autumn mode now.

  • I have longed to visit Knoll Garden in Dorset and yesterday finally got there. It’s a naturalistic garden renowned for its use of grasses and hardy perennials, and also has some lovely trees and shrubs. It is such a peaceful and relaxing garden and I loved every bit of it. Oh, and there’s a nursery as well! Here’s a little taster
The Dragon Garden – from the legend of St Dunstan
Looking across the Lower Lawn
  • Back to my garden now. I planted Ricinus communis seeds back in the spring and they have all done well though some are a bit wind battered. I planted three quite close together at the back of the house. The soil is not very deep here and I thought it would restrict their height and that they would branch and grow together. They didn’t listen when I told them my plan and are now approaching eight feet tall and haven’t branched at all. Being so tall they ended up nearly horizontal in the high winds a couple of weeks ago, hence the ugly canes. They are a talking point though, even if completely out of scale.
Ricinus communis ‘Impala’
  • Several Clematis have been encouraged back into growth with the recent warmth, producing small clusters of flowers. I chose this one as I love the perfect points on each petal (technically they have sepals I think).
Clematis ‘Samaritan Jo’
  • The Michaelmas Daisies continue to flower
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘St Michael’s’
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii ‘Flamingo’ – a bit weather-beaten!
  • A major feature of autumn are the seed heads and some of the Clematis ones are very attractive. This is a seed grown herbaceous variety.
Clematis integrifolia
  • I bought a few new (to me) grasses yesterday but an existing Miscanthus is looking really good at the moment. I bought it many years ago and it has slowly clumped up to make a beautiful, very well behaved plant at the back of the border.
Miscanthus ‘Silberfeder’

The weather looks fair for the weekend and I have quite a few plants to find homes for so I’m planning a weekend at home in the garden. Thank you for reading my Six and don’t forget to read how the seasons are affecting other Sixers’ gardens at

8 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 26/09/20”

  1. Nice ricinus with such a bright background.
    Mine this year is also not very tall, just like those of all Sixter friends who also noticed that. However the foliage is very pretty and so are the flowers.
    The asters (sorry Symphyotrichum !) novae-angliae ‘St Michael’s are a sure bet right now.
    And to finish the last photo with miscanthus, ricinus, asters and rudbeckia (maybe helenium?) gives a very nice effect to this bed! Bravo .

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  2. A visit to Knoll is on my to do list. How lovely it looks at this time of the year. As does your garden, so full of interest.
    I must take notes! I like the ‘Flamingo’ Aster. Looking forward to seeing your purchases in situ..

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