Six on Saturday – October 21

There was very little rain yesterday, unlike most of last week and today. The sun came and went as the clouds moved across the sky. Thanks once again to the host of this meme: The Propagator. Here are my six for today:

1. Nerine bowdenii

Just a quick follow-up on the Nerines – the buds I showed you last week are opening up.


2. California Poppy Thai Silk Series’

The usual orange California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) can be found in abundance in our area – highway dividers, lawns, cracks in the sidewalk. I started some seeds of the ‘Thai Silk’ variety several years ago. The only difference is the colour – they are a lovely, warm creme shade. They have been self-seeding and turning up in unpredictable spots ever since. As there do not seem to be any of the orange ones nearby, they have remained creme coloured. However, the numbers are diminishing, so it may be time to sow more seeds. The flowers are all gone now, but the foliage is still attractive. The photo of the flowers was taken in June.

3. Grapes

Grape vines have found their way through the hedge from our neighbour’s property. No complaints, though – they are delicious!

4. Garry Oak Ecosystems

Garry oaks can be found in woodlands, meadows and the rock outcrops that are prevalent on the southeastern part of Vancouver Island and on the Gulf Islands. These oaks also grow in Washington, Oregon and California, where the trees are known as Oregon white oaks. Garry oak ecosystems include other trees, such as Arbutus (Arbutus menziesii) and Douglas fir; and herbaceous plants –  common camas (Camassia quamash), shooting star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), chocolate lily (Fritillaria offinis) and others. Today, less than 5% of the Garry oak ecosystems in Canada remain in a near-natural state. Much has been lost to development and invasive species. For more information, see the website of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT).

The oak tree is in a neighbour’s yard, a couple of houses away. We have one in our yard, too, but it is not as symmetrical and photogenic as this one. The camas photo was taken in June in my garden.

5. Tree Peony

Sorry, I don’t know the name of this one. The leaves have turned colour and will soon be gone altogether. Evidently, this plant was grafted onto roots of a herbaceous peony and this year, the herbaceous ones bloomed underneath the tree peony. They are quite pretty, but I wonder if I need to remove the herbaceous peony roots. Is this even possible? If so, how is it done? Any advice you can give me would be welcome. The first photo shows the tree peony as it is now. The others, taken in June, show the tree peony in bloom as well as the herbaceous peonies alongside some Astrantia.

6. Hesperantha coccinea

Flowering as it does in autumn, it is a joy to behold. It looks delicate, but as the photo shows, it can survive even after snow falls. The two varieties shown are Hesperantha coccinea ‘Shades of Pink’ and Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’.