Six on Saturday 5.11.2022

Today is very wet and I think that is how it will stay for the rest of the day, so I don’t think any gardening will get done. It is still very warm for this time of year and the plants are still confused. I saw a rabbit in the garden first thing this morning, but it had vanished by the time I got the camera, hope it doesn’t set up home here, they did once before and did untold damage to my plants! Time for Six on Saturday, here are mine…………

No 1

The Cotinus in the back garden is putting on its autumnal finery and looking rather lovely at the moment.

It is especially lovely when the sun just manages to shine through the leaves.

No 2

Not to be outdone in the autumn tints department, Viburnum opulus is joining in at the other side of the garden by the field.

No 3.

Mahonia Caress is flowering at last, it has taken it 3 years!

The flowers aren’t that easy to see, is this how they always are?

No 4.

Rosa Abraham Darby is having its final fling. Such a good rose, it has flowered nearly all summer, even in the drought.

No 5.

This shrub of Ilex Golden King is doing really well. I have another shrub the same, which has dropped all its berries and most of its leaves, I wonder why they are so different.

No 6.

Gravel and the new Acer bed containing compost and leaf mould from the woodland. To stop the gravel from mixing with the compost I got Joseph, who did all the hard work, to put an edging of EverEdge between the two. By the time I have planted the edge with hostas, ferns, etc. etc. you won’t be able to see it and it will keep them both apart. No more work here for Joseph to do, just up to me now to do the planting. Six months ago this area was full of brambles and ash seedlings about 10ft tall, I never thought it would ever look presentable again, but thanks to all Joseph’s hard work, the difference is amazing. I will show the whole area next year when the planting has all been done and starting to grow and fill out.

The rain looks as though it has set in for the day, it looks really miserable out there, I think I’ll go and do some bulb planting in pots in the greenhouse.

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12 Responses to Six on Saturday 5.11.2022

  1. Rosie says:

    Fabulous that your rose is still flowering.

  2. Helen Jones says:

    I’m not sure if the mahonia is meant to look like that but it’s beautiful. I bet you’re really pleased now all the hard work is done for the new Acer bed, what a transformation!

    • Pauline says:

      I’m certainly glad that the heavy work has come to an end in the Acer glade Helen, even though it was someone else doing the work! It is hard to believe how it was months ago, such an improvement! Just up to me now to sort the planting out over the winter.

  3. Graeme says:

    I’m glad Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ has finally flowered. The spikes of flowers get bigger each year and more numerous – mine (planted almost two years ago) has improved each autumn.

  4. Some beautiful colours still in your autumn garden. I think Cotinus is a wonderful plant both for spring flower and autumn tones.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Jane, the colours are there, but not as good as usual, I think thanks to our drought in the summer which turned lots of leaves to crisp!

  5. Denise says:

    Sounds like your acre glade is progressing nicely Pauline. I so look forward to seeing it next year. I like the edging idea and will look into it for the path round my pond where gravel and soil are mixing together. The greenhouse is lovely on a rainy day!

    • Pauline says:

      It’s up to me now Denise, to provide the finishing touches in the Acer glade. I think all my pots will be moved around quite a bit before they finally get planted! As well as potting bulbs in the greenhouse, I have a few jobs to do in the garage when it is raining, fixing a bench then painting it and restoration work on a couple of my carvings ready for putting them out again next Easter, always something to do!

  6. snowbird says:

    What a lovely rose, mine are still flowering too. Lovely autumn colours. I do hope the rabbit doesn’t stay!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      I have usually cut the roses back by half by now, must do it soon and then all the roses will be gone Dina! I hope the rabbit has found somewhere else to live, last time they chose all the expensive new plants to chew and I lost quite a few, don’t want it to discover my new Acers!x

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