Six on Saturday 9.10.21

We have been having a warm spell this week with just the occasional light shower, much warmer than we normally have in October. Signs of autumn are all about us though with more berries on the trees and shrubs and more leaves starting to change colour. Mornings are very dark now, soon the clocks will go back and that will be the sign to hunker down and stay in bed when I wake up early. My six are as follows…..

No 1…..  Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade

This is the first time my little shrub has made its attractive fruits, even though it was planted at least 5 yrs ago. In a few years, when it grows a bit more, it will look stunning,  just inside the entrance to the woodland.

No 2…Acer Osakazuki

Acer Osakazuki seeds are looking promising, must try sowing some this year.We found a tiny seedling growing in heavy clay, so have potted it up and will wait and see what colour the green leaves turn in a few weeks, will it be a seedling of my favourite Osakazuki? It will be a few more weeks before the leaves of this tree turn their wonderful pink/red.

No 3……Geranium procurrens

Geranium procurrens ( I think) which was bought as Ann Folkard, takes over the driveway border at this time of year. We pull most of it out in the spring, to give the rest of the planting a chance, but the few that are left behind really make a statement at the moment, right through the border with the seeded asters.

No 4…..Cotoneaster horizontalis

The cotoneaster is covered with berries, I wonder how long they will last? It is usually the blackbirds that eat them all, usually in just a few days.

No 5…..Berberis atropurpurea

The berberis on the front drive is now covered in lovely red berries. The leaves have all dropped so they show up very well. All these berries are usually eaten by Redwings and Fieldfares which are winter migrants that come before the icy weather from the Siberia!

No 6……Taxus baccata

This yew is in the corner of the back garden and is decorated with lots of tiny red berries, it seems to think that Christmas has come early! I’m not sure who eats these and drops the seed around the garden, I sometimes find some seedlings, but never enough to make a yew hedge!

These are my 6 for this week, very much an autumnal offering. A large order of plants arrived yesterday so I know what I’ll be doing today, my back is aching just at the thought! Many thanks to Jon The Propagator for hosting this, do pop over to see what else is going on in gardens around the world.

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8 Responses to Six on Saturday 9.10.21

  1. Denise says:

    A lovely Autumnal selection Pauline. I have Euonymus europaeus and the flowers are so beautiful. Hope you have a good day with your new plants!

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Denise. I know I’m going to be very busy with all the new plants, but at least I will be able to look forward to lots more colour at this time of year in future.

  2. Graeme says:

    Lots of lovely berries. I almost bought a Euonymus a few months ago but went for something else in the end. After seeing the orange and pink fruits I’m wondering if I made the right decision

    • Pauline says:

      I prevaricated for years Graeme and wish I had bought my little shrub years ago, just think, it would be a nuce size now, covered with gorgeous fruit, do you still have room for one?

  3. Does the geranium flower throughout the season? You have lots of berries for your birds, Pauline!

    • Pauline says:

      The geranium starts flowering about August Cathy, but is at its peak now with flowers right through the border.It was bought by mistake, labelled as Ann Folkard, but obviously not from the way it behaves. It is just like a bramble, rooting from the tips of the shoots and before you know it, it is everywhere! I pull out well over half knowing that there will still be plenty left for the autumn. Lovely to look at but I would never inflict it on anyone!

  4. snowbird says:

    I’ve always wanted a yew hedge. Lovely images, especially red

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