This Autumn has been one of the most colourful I've seen here in the Central Tablelands of NSW. Russet, garnet, butterscotch and gold leaves bedeck trees in many gardens and lawns carry mantles of colour. I wonder if the prolonged dry spell is the reason for all this glory. The weather continues to be warm and sunny but distressingly dry. It's wonderful weather for being outside gardening.
Six on Saturday continues apace with gardeners showing what is happening in their plot. If you would like to see what others are experiencing in their gardens, pop over to The Propagator's blog to take part.
Here are my six:
- Following an inspirational post about geraniums from Ali over at The Mindful Gardener, I visited our local nursery and bought one. It was the only one available, actually. She's Geranium hybrid x wallichianum 'Rozanne' which is a long name for a tiny plant. What an ethereal blue she is with her finely drawn darker veins. I've found a sheltered spot and hope Rozanne does well.
2. Unidentified Pelargonium. I love the brilliant colour of this pelargonium which is much stronger in real life than in my photo. When the frosts arrive, this plant will be badly affected, but is sheltered enough to survive the winter, its burnt and battered outer leaves protecting those underneath.
3. I planted this Arum pictum last year having read that it is quite self-contained and sensible and won't spread wantonly. However, it looks to me as though it's indulging in some sneaky thuggery. You can see it's grown quite large in a short period of time and is about to lean on my Scilla peruviana which has been producing strong healthy leaves. The flowers are interesting but the flowering period is very brief. I wonder if anyone else has had experience with this plant?
4. Verbena bonnariensis. Planted as an infant a month ago, 75 cm tall and flowering already.
5. Late afternoon sun shining on standard Escallonia. It has a terrible aphid infestation which seems to be common to these plants.
6. In the front garden, Pyrus nivalis the Snow Pear, is clothed in leaves of gold. This is the best colour I've seen it display since it was planted three years ago: again, perhaps the effect of our dry Autumn.
Weather today: 1.3 - 21 degrees C and sunny.