When I started thinking about photographs to take for this weeks offering, I thought I wouldn’t find much at all after the weather that we have had this week. Going back to last Sunday was like living inside a waterfall! I honestly have never known such rain, almost of biblical proportions. The Exeter area even made the national news with the dreadful flooding, our weatherman told us that we had a whole months rain in just over and hour! Thank goodness I didn’t have anything quite that bad, but the water was lapping at the back door, just as well I have quite a high step up, gutters and drains just couldn’t cope. In spite of all this, plants survived the storm and the gales that followed, yes, lots of leaves to sweep up, so my six are as follows………..
At last my Sedum, yes, they will always be Sedum to me, has coloured up to the usual pink, attracting lots of insects, except when you want to photograph them!
I got quite a surprise when I spotted these buds popping up between my peonies. I don’t remember planting them, but must have done, but I’m sure I would never have planted just 2, so where are the others? I’m assuming they must be Nerine bowdenii, but have no recollection of buying them as I wouldn’t have thought they would like my heavy soil.
My first conker of 2023 and it is a lovely big one! This is the only one I have found so far, haven’t checked the woodland yet, who knows what I’ll find there apart from lots of little branches, twigs and leaves brought down in the storm.
My black leaved elder has decided that it doesn’t want to die, it is determined to live and is sprouting all over the stump. I was rather disappointed when Joseph couldn’t remove the stump, but maybe I can just coppice it each year instead. I can let it flower and then coppice it straight away, I’ll see how it goes, maybe just cut half the stems down each year and then I can get berries too for the birds?
Viburnum plicatum Mariesii is flowering again, as it has always done, in the autumn. The leaves are also just starting to change colour, soon they will be deep purple and will contrast with the white flowers.
Time to start thinking about bringing plants into the conservatory for the winter. Aeonium schwarzkopf has produced massive heads this summer, so must be rescued before the first frost in a few weeks time. The centre always goes green when the light levels drop, a sure sign that it is time to bring it inside.
Those are my six for this week, a very mixed bag but at least I managed to find six even though the garden has been drenched and blown every whichway! The Colchicums which were looking so pretty last week have been rather battered, along with a lot of other plants. Never mind, time to cut a lot back anyway, once that is done, it will all look a lot better. Thanks again to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting, where you can see gardens from around the world.