We are still in the midst of a warm spell, warm for this time of year that is, we have also had a tiny bit of rain , but not very much this last week. The couple of nights frost last week have made such a difference to the leaves changing colour, no more frosts this week and non forecast for next week either. Leaves are now tumbling with every breath of wind so I will have to find the rake which hasn’t been used since last autumn!
My six for this week are…..
No 1 Iris foetidissima
When in flower, Iris foetidissima is a shy , unassuming plant, but what a difference when the seed pods form, they shout at you from wherever they are, you can’t miss them.
No 2 Maize
Last week the farmer harvested his crop of maize from the field at the side of me. Since then something has been bringing spilled cobs into my garden and eating them, I am finding them everywhere. On the lawn, in the borders, on the patio and in the woodland! I saw a squirrel trying to carry one the other day, but I think it found it a bit heavy and left it in the border, but it was gone the next day. I just hope that I don’t have maize growing everywhere next year!
No 3 Prunus Kojo no mai
This is a sucker of Prunus Kojo no mai which arrived after the main plant was cut down and dug out last year when it grew too tall. It has turned the same beautiful colour as its parent, but this one will be kept to 4 ft tall.
No 4 Chaenomeles
The first flower is open on my Chaenomeles or Quince by the back door. This will now continue to flower until next April or May. The shrub or hedge really, is now covered with buds so you will be seeing quite a lot of it in the future.
No 5 Viburnum plicatum Mariesii
Vibutnum plicatum Mariesii always has a surprise up its sleeve. When I think it is almost over, the leaves have changed to a beautiful burgundy and then all of a sudden, up pop lots of small flowers, much smaller than the ones in the spring. The white flowers and red leaves go so well together.
No 6 Acer palmatum Osakazuki
I’ve kept the best till last, my favourite has almost finished changing! It is such a gorgeous colour now and I think a couple more days will see her in her prime, worthy of a post all to herself as usual! I just hope the winds this weekend don’t put them all on the lawn!
Those are my 6 for this week. Thanks once more to Jon The Propagator for hosting, please pay him a visit to see plants and flowers from around the world.