Six on Saturday – September 1

Forest Fires in BCThe temperatures have cooled by 10 degrees C. and it’s a relief. Still no rain at all. Lots of fires are still burning here in British Columbia though, thankfully, none are close to us. Our air quality is good again, after a week of smoky skies. There have been about 500 fires burning in the province, many of them caused by humans, which is disappointing to say the least. Lightning has also been a culprit. “When lightning strikes, it can create enough heat to ignite a tree or other fuel source. Lightning strikes cause approximately 60% of wildfires in the Province in an average year.” (BC Government website)

I’ve managed to shake off my heat induced torpor and write a Six on Saturday post today. Thanks once again to the Propagator for hosting this meme. You will find links to other Six on Saturday bloggers on his site.

1. Dahlias

It’s easy to tell that fall is just around the corner. Chrysanthemums, rudbeckias and dahlias are taking centre stage. Did I mention the dahlia shopping spree that took place in the spring? Here are two that are blooming now: one is “Purple Taiheijo” and I’m pretty sure the other is Tsuki Yori, although I can’t remember planting it in that spot.

[Click on any photo to enlarge.]

2. Hesperantha coccinea

This one used to be “Schizostylis coccinea”. A recent article in “The Telegraph” explains how and why the name was changed:

“It’s hardly fair, is it? You spend years learning how to spell Schizostylis, then one day you wake up and find you’re growing Hesperantha instead. The change of name is a nice illustration of how long it takes gardening to catch up with the scientists, who realised Schizostylis didn’t deserve a genus of its own as long ago as 1996. Nevertheless, Googling Schizostylis still produces twice as many hits as Hesperantha.”


3. Roscoea purpurea

I know you’ve already seen this on Gill’s blog (Off the Edge Gardening), but I have one, too! The plant arrived at the same time as Deinanthe caerulea and a few other plants and I hastily planted the two in a smallish pot together. They’ve both done well, considering; but I will have to find a bigger and better home for them before too long.


4. Rudbeckia Herbstonne

Another late season delight, this rudbeckia returns faithfully every year and reaches for the sky. Its companions include Verbena bonariensis, a perfect complementary colour.

5. Dierama Seeds

I wrote about Dierama pulcherrimum on July 14th and included a photograph. Now, the seeds are strung out along the arching stems and have a lovely, silvery shine to them when the sun is out.

Dierama seeds

6. Nasturtium

Common enough, I know; but such a cheerful sight. This year, they are blooming between rows of bush beans.