As I’m not at home this Saturday, I cheated a little and prepared my post beforehand, so these photos were taken a couple of days ago.
Hylotelephium Herbstfreude was once called Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and personally I wish it had stayed that way. Much easier to spell and a humble name for a humble plant, one that is thoroughly reliable no matter what the conditions. However, Wikipedia tells me that Hylotelephium means ‘woodland distant lover’, so that’s rather nice and more interesting than ‘stonecrop’ (another name for sedum) which has a harsh and unlovable sound. Apparently it was once thought that this plant could indicate when one’s affections were returned.
Another reliable performer is Rosa ‘Iceberg’ which flowers like this many times a year as I cut it right back after each flowering. If I don’t, it keeps on growing and becoming overactive like one of those tube men often seen at service stations – arms waving madly all over the place. A few weeks after pruning, the flowers are back again as strongly as ever. Black spot rarely visits this rose, so that’s another bonus.
I ordered this persimmon ‘Fuyu’ a year ago after seeing a magnificent fruit-laden specimen in a local garden, and quite soon afterwards forgot that I had done so. A recent call from the local nursery to inform me that they’d finally been able to source one, threw me into a quandary as the garden is now quite full of trees and shrubs and a spot needs to be found for it.
This is our prunus ‘blireana’, one of the first trees we planted in this garden and now nearly seven years old. It looks as though we’re in the middle of winter, because during the week, without so much as a by-your-leave, it dropped most of its leaves. There is no outward sign of trouble: insects and fungi are absent and the weather hasn’t been overly hot. Internet research has turned up nothing so if anyone has any ideas, I’ll be very happy to hear them.
This is a slightly premature photo of seeds planted recently. Present are Hollyhock ‘Black Knight’ (thank you, John from Ballarat) which emerged very quickly, and Ratibida columnifera aka Mexican Hat Flower, which were also early out of the blocks. Planted slightly later are African Poppy (Papaver atlanticum), White Burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia), Verbena, Flanders Poppy, Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) and Blandfordia punicea or Christmas Bells. Blandfordia are lovely Australian natives and I don’t rate my chances of success very highly with them. I’ll be overjoyed if they germinate and even more so if they ever reach the flowering stage
My record with seeds is not very good, but I have been looking after them carefully including moving them out of the way of any marauding S&S each night.
Lastly, some bulbs I purchased on the last visit to the nursery. I wasn’t going to buy any more bulbs, but there you have it. Gardener’s weakness: the inability to leave a nursery empty-handed!
‘Jet Fire’ on the left looks like it will be able to assist with Mars landings eventually.
That’s it for this week. To read about other gardens, visit the Propagator’s blog where gardeners celebrate the seasonal offerings in their gardens. As northern hemisphere gardens wake up from their winter sleep there are beautiful emerging bulbs to admire and desire!
Happy reading and gardening, everyone.