Six on Saturday – October 14

How quickly the week goes by! All through August and September, I promised myself I would get a lot more done in the garden when cooler weather arrived. The cooler weather is here, but it brought rain with it and I’ve been squeamish about gardening in the rain. I’ll just have to get over it, though: lots of bulbs to plant. Truthfully, still some plants to plant.

Here are my six for this Saturday, and thanks again to The Propagator for hosting this meme.

1. More Rain

At the risk of becoming repetitive, I’m on about the rain again. It’s not a bad thing at all – we need the rain after a dry summer with forest fires raging throughout the province. I’m truly sorry we can’t send some of this bounty to Northern California. It’s horrific and scary what’s happening there – the lives lost, homes lost; the dreadful uncertainty.

There is a little roof over the patio where the door opens out from the main room of the house. The “drain-pipe” for this roof is a chain leading down into a large pot which doesn’t have a bottom, but has a few medium size rounded rocks piled up in the bottom. It drains slowly, but never overflows.


2. Nerines

I had just resigned myself to not getting any blooms on the Nerines this year, when I noticed several buds starting to appear. It doesn’t look like much right now, but it’s going to be beautiful. And there are others!

Nerine _1

3. More Colour Changes

The Sedums I wrote about on September 16th are darkening into a rich burgundy red and the leaves are turning colour and falling from the trees. This tree is a little Stewartia pseudocamellia which has been in a pot for far too long. Soon, little tree; soon!


4. Late Daylily

After the foliage on a row of daylilies was cut back yesterday, this brave Stella d’Oro was showing off one cheery yellow flower and two buds. Nice surprise!

Daylily Stella D'Oro

5. Artemesia lactiflora ‘Guizhou’

It’s hard to believe this plant is an Artemisia. Aren’t these plants sun loving and drought resistant? To tell the truth, I haven’t paid enough attention to this one and it hasn’t done very well. You can see that it is depending on a nearby Hydrangea for support. Both of them need to be moved to a shadier spot, but there is a dearth of shade in my garden. Perhaps I could just mulch? If and when it is standing tall, I’ll post a photo of the whole plant.

Artemesia Lactiflora

6. What’s Left

Still looking lovely, the Rose ‘Molineux’ I showed you on September 23rd is producing near-perfect blooms in spite of rain, wind and cooler weather. Penstemon ‘Cha Cha Lavender’ has more flowers. A mystery plant is getting bigger and bigger. I think it’s a poppy, but I don’t know what kind or how it got there. Its foliage isn’t fuzzy like Papaver orientale, and it’s bigger than Papaver rhoeas, which self seeds in the garden. If it blooms this year or, failing that, comes back next year, I’ll let you know.