I went AWOL yet again last Saturday. Profuse apologies to Mr Propagator, creator and convener of this glorious exercise and to the great and good who make more effort. What should have been a simple job of fitting boiler controls on Wednesday turned into a major operation in house destruction and then reassembly that kept me going right up to the end of Saturday. All because some cheapskate builders used the wrong pipework when they first built my house.
This would have been enough to contend with but we here in Wales had to spend a lot of time calming residents of Cardiff down after a visit by one Gill Heavens which involved some alcohol and the subsequent consumption of a pasty in a single mouthful. Demand for the counselling centres has, thankfully, now reduced and, as life here returns to normal, this post is brought to you by the word “decorum“.
1 Prunus incisa ‘kojo-no-mai’
Also known as the “Fuji Cherry” because it grows on Mount Fuji in Japan (see, you get free geography lessons too!), this is one of the few botanical bits in my garden which actually gets round to colouring up a bit for autumn before a storm strips off its foliage. Maybe life on Mount Fuji is tough and so it resists the October winds here. A nice blast of red. Won’t last long, though. Wind or not, the leaves will have dropped by next Saturday.
2. Cotoneaster horizontalis
Why this cotoneaster is supposed to be horizontal is a mystery to me. Overused in council plantings because it spreads, well, horizontally and fairly quickly, in many gardens it’s grown as a wall or fence shrub and so becomes verticalis. Still, it’s the other (and the only other) botanical bit that makes some effort in autumn, here behind the foliage of some gladioli that didn’t flower this year.
3 Eriostemon myoporoides ‘Soft Girl’
Eriostemon are native to Australia. Here in the UK, they can flower continually from spring into autumn apart from taking a short breather in mid summer. I don’t know if mine decided to take a longer holiday this year or if it’s back early from its winter break. Whatever, it’s decided to flower when it’s almost winter. I’m not complaining. If you get anywhere near one in flower, have a sniff. The scent is like a Daphne.
Incidentally, Eriostemon are now Philptheca but I can’t be bothered to change the label. So there!
I have a small collection of Helleborus niger in Edifice 2. They also go by the name “Christmas Rose”. Well it ain’t Christmas yet and they’re all coming into flower. Again, I’m not complaining.
I have two ‘Peace’ Roses with which I enjoy a love-hate relationship. They require a lot of looking-after effort but when they pull their socks up and get round to flowering, the beautiful blooms are worth all the hard work. Today this bloom is looking a bit ragged but here it is last Sunday, the centenary of the Armistice that ended world war one. It opened fully that morning. Peace on Armistice Day. Appropriate I thought.
6 Poetry in Motion
I’ve featured this little beauty (one of the few “rescue bin” plants I have in the garden) a few times. But she’s now refusing to accept it’s end of season for her. So I’ll feature her again. Yes, you can see some dead blooms. I don’t dead head this rose as she forms hips. You can see some on her right side. Probably a bit late for hip formation now but I want to see how she behaves.
That’s my six for this week. Now nip over to Pop Prop’s blog where, magically appended to the bottom of his post of the day, you will find a growing list of links to other members of the international Six on Saturday community. And if you don’t already contribute, come on and join us.
You can blame Gill Heavens for this as she started getting all educational and referring to Pyracantha berries as fruits. Which is, of course, what they are. So I will leave you with a conundrum.
Are you ready? Right then, answer the following question in one word. That means one word. Two word answers are not acceptable. Read carefully and think. Keep your answer to yourself – don’t help others by writing it in the comments. Tune in next week to find out if you got the answer right.
Is an avocado a fruit or a berry?
Until we meet again, enjoy your garden.