Six on Saturday 16.10.21

We have had a lovely warm week with plenty of sunshine, a treat at this time of year. Next week we should be back to how we would normally be, temperatures will take a drop and there will be rain once more, it is a while since we had rain here and it will be very welcome. Plants are still flowering, a few are starting to flower for the first time this year, the winter flowerers are starting early.

My six for this week are…….

No 1  Cherry tree.

Autumn tints are starting to show on some of the trees at the moment, this is the cherry at the entrance to the driveway.

No 2     Rhododendron luteum.

Rhododendron luteum is in the border round the dead oak. In the spring it has a wonderful perfume from the yellow flowers, in the autumn the leaves have the most wonderful colour before falling.

No 3    Mahonia Charity

The flowers are just starting to open on Mahonia Charity on the driveway, these will flower for quite some time, before forming the jade coloured fruits.

No 4       Viburnum bodnantence Dawn

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn by the field at the side has started flowering this last week and will carry on all winter depending on the weather. If we get frost the flowers will turn brown, but there will be planty of buds to take over.

No 5   Viburnum plicatum Mareisii

Another Vibutnum, this time V. plicatum Mareisii which is having a second smaller flowering which shows up beautifully against the autumn colouring of the leaves. How long the leaves will last will depend on the winds that are forecast for next week.

No 6   New plants

My order from Claire Austin arrived a few days ago, 53 plants. Some are for the driveway, some for the border by the school , some for the rockery,and a lot for a new late summer border that I have been promising myself that I would have one day, that day has come!

The problem is that all these areas still need weeding, I’d better get a move on!

Those are my six for this week, to see more from gardens around the world,  please visit Jon The Propagator who organises all this.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend gardening wherever you are!

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18 Responses to Six on Saturday 16.10.21

  1. Denise says:

    I do love the arrival of a new plant order! Sounds like you have your work cut out for you Pauline. V plicatum is a stunning combination of flowers with the red autumn leaves.

    • Pauline says:

      I wasn’t expecting my plant order to arrive so quickly, I ordered my bulbs at the same time and they won’t be here for another few weeks and I thought my plants would be the same, but they came almost by return of post. Yes, I am going to be busy!

  2. Megan Hall says:

    A lovely haul of plants, have fun planting them. I find squeezing in a little weeding or planting allows me to get along, even if I only have 15 minutes.

    • Pauline says:

      Glad you like them Megan, I will certainly enjoy planting them! I’ve made a start on the weeding, hopefully it won’t take me too long.

  3. Noelle says:

    The viburnam looks glorious, and well worth a show, and a place in any garden.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Noelle, I have to agree with you of course! I like the way it always puts out more smaller flowers in the autumn, just as the leaves are turning colour, it is a shrub for all seasons.

  4. Graeme says:

    I love the flowers of Viburnum bodnantence Dawn. They’re fragrant too aren’t they?

    • Pauline says:

      The flowers are fragrant Graeme, with a lovely perfume. Mine are a bit high up, taller than me now that I’m shrinking, so I have to try and pull a branch down so that I can have a sniff!

  5. Wow, 53 plants. I think planting stuff is the best part of gardening, so you’re in for a treat. There’s still some nice colour in your garden. The second viburnum is very pretty.

    • Pauline says:

      I’m getting on quite well Jane, with the weeding, so soon I’ll be able to plant up the first bed. There are still lots of flowers giving colour in the garden, but as the weeks go by they are getting less and less as the colder weather arrives.

  6. Cathy says:

    Thank you for admitting to your order of 53 plants, Pauline – it certainly makes me feel better about orders I have made, although it is unlikely they will be as big in the future! I have certainly had them that sort of size from Claire Austin, who has such a good range of interesting plants. You have some lovely autumn foliage to enjoy, and checking ‘Dawn’ is on the cards for later now you have reminded me!

    • Pauline says:

      I’m hoping that this will be the last make over that I’ll be doing, changing 2 borders by the greenhouse and the field to cope with the winter flooding. Lots more autumn foliage to come, the acers haven’t started yet! V.Dawn surprised me when I had my morning wander, I think she is earlier this year, maybe due to our warm spell.

  7. Allison says:

    Good luck with your weeding/planting. Both stages are so satisfying, aren’t they? Your Viburnum plicatum Mareisii looks wonderful. Love its variations in autumn leaf colour.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Allison, just a bit more weeding to do in one of the beds and then I can begin the planting there.The Viburnum really does shine out at the moment, the leaves are such a wonderful colour, I hope they last a decent length of time before I find them all on the floor!

  8. snowbird says:

    What lovely blooms and autumn shades. Really enjoying your viburnums and loving that huge stash of plants! Good for you, I’ll look forward to following their

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Dina, the viburnum is the stand out plant at the moment. The plants are still waiting but one bed is almost ready for me to make a start planting, I’ll be lucky to get any done today though with all the rain forecast! x

  9. Anna K says:

    Oh, how exciting with the arrival of a plant order! Mind you, the other five proves that you have some wonderful shrubs and trees as well. Don’t you just love shrubs that come into their best this time of year? (That said, I need to go check on Charity out there…_

    • Pauline says:

      Plant orders are always exciting Anna, can’t wait to get them in, they should make such a difference to the colour in the garden at this time next year. Winter flowering shrubs are very special, I have a few more that are covered in buds and should be in flower in about a months time and then they will flower all winter with a bit of luck and good weather!

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