Six on Saturday. 30.9.2023

Another month gone in the blink of an eye and still so much to do in the garden getting ready for the winter.Yesterday I spent quite some time covering benches and carvings and bringing seats and smaller carvings into the garage, but still more to do. My son is visiting this weekend so hopefully he will put the heavier things away for me, he will be rewarded with a meal at our local pub! Storm Agnes, which was the remains of a hurricane in the Carribean, didn’t really amount to much, thank goodness! After all the warnings, I was expecting dreadful weather but it was just stronger wind than usual, I think it was worse further north.

Anyway, time for Six on Saturday………..

No 1

Euonymus hamiltonianus is looking rather pretty in the woodland with its pink fruits.

When the fruits eventually open, they are orange inside, who says orange and pink don’t go together?

No 2.

Salvia Amistaad is looking absolutely gorgeous at the moment, such a beautiful colour. Will have to bring this in soon, it won’t like our wet winters.

It looks even better with Solidago Fireworks behind it!

No 3.

Michaelmas daisies, Asters, call them what you like, are looking lovely at the moment, much to the delight of the wildlife.

This almost white one and a similar one in blue, are spreading quite a bit, but they are manageable so far and look so pretty in the borders. These are firm favourites with bees and butterflies.

No 4.

My mystery bulbs from last week are now flowering, I still think they are Nerine bowdenii, such a lovely pale pink.

The second bulb looks as though it is going to have far more buds opening than the first one. I must buy more, 2 isn’t any good!

Nos  5.6.and even 7!

This is Acer palmatum Westonbirt Spreading Star in my favourite pot in my new area which used to be for the fruit and veg. I kept the label as I’m not very good a remembering new names.

This is the label, which I had put down the inside of the pot and placed a stone on top so it wouldn’t get blown away.

Something keeps moving the label! The stone is quite heavy, but the label goes walkabout. I’m finding it under the pergola, or by the pond or on the circular lawn. Yesterday I found it at the back of the pot almost pushed underneath.

The family gave me a night vision camera for part of my 80th birthday present earlier this year.

You would think that it would be easy to catch the culprit, weeks can go by and I have lots of little videos of the hedgehog, it couldn’t reach, a fox cub, I think this is the culprit but haven’t caught it yet, or lots of neighbours cats, could be a squirrel, but they are in bed at night time. Weeks went by and nothing happened, then I moved the camera to the circular lawn, straight away the label went missing again, this has happened 3 times now, I’m sure something is watching for when I move the camera, it is now back in place waiting for the phantom plant label thief to show his or her hand once more! I don’t think I really need to keep the label any more, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the name of my lovely Acer now, but I would like to find out what is going on in my garden while I am sleeping!

That’s it for another week, thanks Jim for hosting again, making it possible for us to see gardens from around the world.




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17 Responses to Six on Saturday. 30.9.2023

  1. fred says:

    This night vision camera looks interesting! I can’t wait to see the photos you manage to take. The Euonymus fruits are truly amazing !

    • Pauline says:

      I don’t know how to transfer the little videos to my blog yet Fred, I’ll have to wait until my children visit! The hedgehog will be hibernating soon so won’t see much more of it this year. I saw the Euonymus when I was garden visiting and thought then how pretty the fruit was, so just had to get one, so glad I did!

  2. Catherine says:

    Orange and pink – Mother Nature knows best, doesn’t she! The Euonymus is very pretty – and those asters are too!
    It’s a beautiful acer – and I think the culprit that could answer your label mystery is probably having a lot of fun with it!

    • Pauline says:

      Nature certainly knows best Catherine, I can remember how gorgeous the shrub looked when I saw it originally. Yes, I think something is having a laugh at my expense up by the acer!

  3. Helen Jones says:

    I like the euonymus very much, I’ll keep an eye out for that one at the garden centre. It will be very interesting to see what the camera records!

    • Pauline says:

      I’m getting far too many cats on my videos Helen, but enjoying the hedgehogs and fox cubs, hopefully one day I’ll find someone messing about in the pot with the plant label!

  4. Rosie Amber says:

    Any of the daisy family always interest me.

  5. How exciting to have the camera – we know we have hedgehogs around still, but have only seen one once this year. Are you hopeful of more nerines? I have only one bud on mine in the Coop after a good year last year, and the leaves have all usdied back. The euonymus berries are really striking, aren’t they?

    • Pauline says:

      I have seen a hedgehog quite regularly since June Cathy, I’m presuming it is the same one, but you never know, it might have some friends who visit! I’m sure I must have planted more than 2 Nerines, but can’t even remember planting those, so must get more for next year, they are so pretty.

  6. Graeme says:

    That’s intriguing regarding the label! I hope you solve the mystery. Love the Salvia Amistad – such a vivid colour.

    • Pauline says:

      It is intriguing isn’t it Graeme, I wonder if I will ever find out! Salvia Amistad is amazing, this is its first year here and I am so pleased with how it has behaved, cuttings have been taken and the main plant will be coming into the greenhouse soon.

  7. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    I’m so glad Agnes didn’t amount to much! 🙂 Gosh that Salvia is quite delicious, I’ll have to look out for him in the catalogues!

    • Pauline says:

      I’m glad too that Agnes passed us by after all the warnings! Amistad is an amazing colour, such a deep blue. It is quite tall so more for the back of the border, hope you find him!

  8. snowbird says:

    That salvia is stunning! I do like the daisies too, so pretty. I’d buy more nerines too, they are lovely. What a strange story re the moving labe, most odd. Hoping to hear who the culprit

    • Pauline says:

      Lovely blue isn’t it Dina, hope all my cuttings take so that I’ll have lots more. I will certainly buy more nerines, probably put them in a pot to get the good drainage that they like, that could be why only 2 have survuved in my heavy clay!x

  9. Angela says:

    Can’t wait to see if the mystery behind the moving tag is revealed 😀 The nerines are beautiful, and will probably multiply over time if they’re happy enough to bloom for you! Maybe someday, I’ll manage to get some to bloom too. So far, they just throw up some leaves then sulk at me, finicky little things.

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