6 on Saturday 9-9-17

Well hello and welcome to Saturday, yes it’s the weekend once more and to celebrate it, we have the weekly meme so excellently started by The Propagator! This shows of six things that are looking good or happening in our gardens every week on a Saturday. This week I am leaving my little garden in Chandlers Ford and visiting one of my lovely clients garden that I currently manage. This beautiful garden is nestled down in the New Forest and is complete with a stream running though the garden. The soils a mildly acidic clay that has been worked for a good few years.  And here’s my 6 choices from this delightful garden this week.

Hesperanthus coccinea was more commonly know as schizostylis before it’s more recent name change but the common name Kaffir Lily, is still be used. It’s from South Africa, where naturally grows in damp areas near streams, the leaves are evergreen so there’s something of interest all year around. But it’s this time of year, it is at its peak, with these large red flowers brightening up the dull early autumn
Eschscholzia californica. The state flower of California, this beautiful annual poppy just appeared in this border, nearly weeded it out but I just couldn’t do it. I am so glad I didn’t remove it, I just love the brightness of this flower, the greyness of the foliage is also very stunning and brings out the colour of the poppy as well
Lythrum Salicaria or purple loosestrife is a British native and makes a tall plant best suited for the back of the border. It’s also well loved by the bees!
Eurybia divaricata or Aster divaricata as it was called before the recent name change. The White Wood Aster, a North American hybrid, loves a little bit of shade. It’s a plant I am never to sure if I like or don’t like, it sort of grows on me at times and other times, I just don’t like it. I am currently in my liking stage
Kirengeshoma palmata is a unusual looking herbaceous plant native of Japan. It is surprisingly a member of the Hydrangea family. This woodland plant needs a damp acidic soil and is at home here in this garden. The sycamore like foliage is a great foil for the beautiful flowers
Tricyrtis formosana. This unusual perennial plant from Taiwan is to me the real sign that autumn has us in her grip! One of the latest plants the flower in our borders, the road lily doesn’t disappoint, holding these unusual shape flowers upright. It is at home in the soil here as well as loving the deep shade. The toad or snake lily certainly makes a talking point in any garden

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden 


5 Comments Add yours

  1. cavershamjj says:

    I am looking forward to next autumn. I have grown hesperantha this year from seed. They are filling out their 1L pots nicely. ‘Zeal salmon’ is the variety the seeds were from, a paler pink. We shall see what we get next year, although first problem is where to plant 16 of them…
    I’ve two loosestrife. One is still flowering like mad, the other has gone over. I think it’s cos one gets the run off from the patio, bit damper as a result. Great Six.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you fella 😀 lol yes that’s always a problem where to put them isn’t, they spread pretty quick as well, the clump in the pic was from a small group I left in, looking like I shall be halving them this year, spread too much, but so beautiful
      It could well be, they love the water and wetness don’t they, it’s the first time I have looked after them, mainly for that reason, not worked much on clay, always been the thinner chalk and gravel, makes a lolvey change being able to grow a wider range of plants

  2. John Kingdon says:

    Nice six again. I think I can just about squash a Tricyrtis in somewhere. I need to get some more late flowerers in. All of my Lythrum (I have them in the pond, the pond margins and several beds and borders so growing in a range of conditions) went over weeks ago along with Heleniums that started flowering in June and went over in July.. Nerines are showing no sign of flowering; were it not for a solitary Hesperantha and some young Crocosmia that have flowered late, the back garden would be altogether devoid of flowers. It’s been a funny year.

    1. thomashort says:

      Oh yes there’s always room for one somewhere isn’t there, are you close to Cruz farm plants? Great range but so many plants it hurts the walllet! That’s strange thought they would last a little longer with you, could be the slight cooler area? That’s a shame you have not many flowers in the back but you are right it has been a very odd year once more, it seems if we get a hot July, August is rubbish! Just waiting for the Indian summer we normally get in September……..

      1. John Kingdon says:

        Unfortunately, I’m down at the south end and Crug Farm’s up at the north end, about 4-5 hours away by car (if I don’t encounter a convoy of wood lorries in the middle). Their mail order delivery charge is less than the petrol I’d use getting there and back.

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