At this time of the year, as the garden begins to get ready for its winter sleep, it becomes more difficult to find six interesting items to present for Six on Saturday. This week I’ve selected a clutch of plants with a pink, or nearly pink hue, which have flowers still persisting despite the cooling overnight temperatures. The days are still warm, but we had 4.9 degrees one recent morning and that provided a small taste of what’s ahead of us.
Number one, above, is some kind of chrysanthemum which is quite low growing: not much more than a ground cover. I’ve no idea of its name, but it obediently puts on a show of cheerful flowers at this time every year after enduring, uncomplainingly, a complete lack of attention most of the time. A perfect plant for our conditions.
Two: Loropetalum chinense ‘Plum Gorgeous’. This shrub struggles in my garden, and probably wasn’t a good choice, but I rescued from the ailing plants’ table at the nursery a couple of years ago. Good rain a few weeks ago has ensured a prolific flowering, and it’s happier now the weather isn’t so hot.
Three: Sedum, complete with visiting bee. I don’t know which Sedum this is, but its flowers, the size of my little finger nail, are a magnet for insects.
Four: Gaura lindeheimeri ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ has flowered for months, and how I love to see her tall stalks topped with dark pink flowers dancing in the morning sun. I’ll make cuttings of this plant to dot elsewhere in the garden. She’s very well-behaved and doesn’t try to take over.
Five: The flowers of Lagerstroemia indica ‘Diamonds in the Dark’, planted last Spring. It really hasn’t done much, and in fact has been dug up and placed in a very large pot, in the hope that it will be inclined to put on a lot more growth later this year. The soil here is largely clay, and I thought perhaps that was a factor governing the lack of growth. It certainly cheered up after its move and put out these flowers which contrast nicely with the dark leaves.
Six: Lagerstroemia again, this time ‘Tonto’ which is already clothing itself in Autumn colours.
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Weather today: partly cloudy, 7 – 25 degrees C. Happy gardening everyone.