The Amelanchier is dropping leaves rapidly giving the lawn a very autumnal look. It’s always early to lose it’s leaves and, despite what many books say about its wonderful autumn colour, they seem to go straight from green to brown here. Rather disappointing. The garden is looking very colourful at the moment with several Michaelmas Daisies still to add to the show. Here’s a quick look around for this weeks Six. Sorry, the photos were taken in yesterday evenings sun so not the best.
- I’ve been waiting for the annual climbers to start flowering and there are signs that it’s finally happening. I just hope that the weather holds long enough for them to put on a bit of a show. One I’ve really been looking forward to is Cobaea scandens and on Wednesday a flower finally made an appearance.
I also grew a Cobaea plant in the glasshouse this year in the hope that it would flower earlier. It did – one whole day earlier! At least it’s easier to see. Last year I had the first flowers in my Six on the 15th of August
- Still in the glasshouse – the Achimenes are also making a belated appearance. Here’s the first two
- The Hylotelephiums are in full flower now and get absolutely covered with bees. Sadly they had all gone to bed by the time I took these pictures.
- A sure sign of autumn, Cyclamen hederifolium popping up everywhere. It’s taken many years for them to seed around and I give a helping hand as well.
- Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ can be relied upon to give a great show every year, whatever the weather. It’s taller than ever this year and is above the Beech hedge. It’s made a very large clump over the last three years and is on my list for dividing in the spring.
- A Clematis to finish with. Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’ started flowering at the end of April/beginning of May and hasn’t stopped since. The silvery seed heads will persist well into winter
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