I woke up to thick mist or fog this morning, but the sun has broken through and it is going to be another hot day.We have had a week of boiling hot sunshine, too hot for me I’m afraid, sorry to complain, but I can’t work beyond 11 am as it’s just far too hot! Plants seem to be coping though, I’m sure they would like to move into the shade along side me, but they are stuck in the sunshine.
My six for this week are very autumnal, stocking up the larder for the wildlife. I’m hoping that my little dormouse has a good feed before hibernating for the next six months.
Cotoneaster horizontalis is scrambling up the kitchen wall. It has grown quite large and is beginning to lean away from the wall in spite of wires trying to hold it in place. I will have to prune it back, but will let the birds enjoy the berries first.
Pyracantha is another plant that needs a good cut back. I have asked so many times for this to be pruned back, but nothing has been done so far. Again, I will let the birds enjoy the berries, then it must be taken in hand, hopefully this present gardener will do it for me.
Arum italicaum marmoratum has now changed from beautiful variegated leaves to spires of bright red berries which can be seen from the house, they really do shine out of the darkness in the woodland.
Rosa glauca is having its second spot in the limelight. The small single flowers are lovely in early summer, but now they take on a different look, almost like Christmas decorations. The birds eat the rose hips but I never find any seedlings unfortunately.
The hedge under the kitchen window is Lonicera nitida, which I have grown from cuttings from just one plant. The tiny white flowers in the spring are now followed by these tiny round purple fruits. Usually I see Blackbirds junping up and down trying to get them while I’m washing the dishes.
Purple berberis on the front drive is usually dripping with masses of red berries, but someone’s gardener decided to cut it and 2 others back quite hard, poor birds won’t get nearly as many berries now!
Can I squeeze another one in without Jim noticing?!
Not ready yet, but the yew in the back garden is covered with tiny berries that will soon turn red and look like very natural Christmas decorations. I’m sure you will see them again when they have changed colour. I think they look like tiny little acorns, what do you think?
That’s my six plus one for this week, the plants are looking more autumnal as the days go by even though we are having a mini heatwave! Leaves are starting to change colour, soon my six will all be about autumn tints. The borders are now showing gaps where they need improving so lots of notes are being made, lists written and soon orders will be placed for lots of new plants to be bought or seeds to be sown and cuttings taken.
Once more thanks go to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting, it is always worth paying him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.