Six on Saturday – November 25

Thanks once again to The Propagator for hosting this meme. The comments section of his latest “Six on Saturday” provides links to more posts on this topic. Here are my six for today:

1. Hens and Chicks

I’ve been known to moan and groan at the prospect of Saturday looming before me, with its demands for another Six on Saturday post. However, there is a great advantage to this seemingly onerous task: it gets me out in the garden, no matter what the weather. What I find there sometimes needs my immediate attention. Case in point: this pretty little bowl of Hens and Chicks, a member of the family Crassulaceae, native to southern Europe and northern Africa. Given its origins, it doesn’t take great intelligence to realize that this plant likes dry conditions. You can tell from the photo that it is very soggy at the moment. Well, a moment ago. I’ve moved it a few feet to a place where it won’t get rained on anymore.

Hens and Chicks

2. Mystery Plant

Another advantage to Six on Saturday is that fellow participants see my posts and are willing to identify plants that mystify me and/or provide helpful information about what each plant needs. The plant in the photo below is one we inherited from the previous owners of the property. It sits nicely in its pot (also inherited) and requires very little care. Is it a Philodendron? an Aralia? a Fatsia? None of the above?

Mystery Plant

3. Horse

To the immediate right of the Philodendron/Aralia/Fatsia/NOTA is a horse. It is a horse with a story, but I’m not going to tell the story today. It was featured in a post I wrote in September of 2011: “Garden Ornaments”.  The horse was one of the garden ornaments included in a drawing/painting with the same title. [Click on either image to enlarge.]

4. Bare Branches

There are few leaves left on the deciduous trees. There is a stark beauty to the leafless trees. Two from the garden: a fig tree (‘Desert King’) in my own garden and a copper beech from over the fence. The fig tree has just had a badly needed pruning.

5. Cerinthe, Again

The Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ included in my Six on Saturday for September 16th is still blooming, though not as prettily as in September. An exciting development is that it has already managed to self-seed and produce new little plants. Oh, Winter, be kind to them!

6. Strawberry Plants

The formerly green leaves of the strawberries are multicoloured now. Shades of green, red, yellow, grey and brown make an interesting nature study.

Strawberry Plants