Six on Saturday 18/11/2017

Well another week all gone, they seem to be flying by at the moment with autumn fast disappearing into winter, already we have had more frosts here in Hampshire than we did for the whole winter a couple of years ago. Despite that there’s still loads of work to do in the garden and loads of things to admire and enjoy the beauty of. Yes at times we may need to look harder but it’s all still there.

This weeks 6 comes from a new clients garden I have started to help look after in the new forest. It’s a delightful garden that’s sleeping under a few years lack of direction, the new owners are keen to change that and bring it to its full glory

We always think of roses worth growing just for their flowers but look at the autumn foliage! Rosa rugosa is a wonderful rose that colours up so well and if you are lucky, can have some massive hips as well

The tree lupin, Lupinus arboreus, is a great shrub to have in the garden, not that common to have its lovely flowers showing off at this time of year but also look at how the water holds on the leaves, so beautiful!

At this time of year it’s easier to see some of the beautiful nests the birds put together to raise their young, some of them are worthy of being in an art gallery and this little delicate one made from feathers, sheeps wool, hair from the nearby horse and lichen. How beautiful and so soft! I think it was a flycatchers best, though willing to be corrected, it was near the top of a pittosporum I was pruning

At this time of the year, you start to notice the attractive bark on some plants and prunus serrula is one of the best! Hidden by the foliage of the spotted laurel, it now can be admired and enjoyed once more

Sometimes we have to look closely to see beauty in the garden and most people would walk past this pittosporum tenifolium and not notice the seed pods opening up but look at the colour of those seeds!

Well we started with autumn colour, let’s finish with it! Cercis canadensis is just on fire at the moment! Just look at this colour! Stunning simply stunning,

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 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

22 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Tree lupine? That seems like an odd thing to plant with all your more interesting specie.

    1. thomashort says:

      Ahh it’s quite a exotic plant here in the uk!

      1. tonytomeo says:

        I need to grub them out and pile them up to burn. Ick! I suppose they have pretty flowers. The soft yellow is nice. Some look white. I do not really think of them as ornamentals. They are pretty interesting for how the fit into the ecosystem. New ones come up wherever a burn pile was. The fire really stimulates germination.

  2. cavershamjj says:

    Nice Six sir. Good luck with the new garden, that’ll be quite a transformation.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you fella, it’s going to be fun indeed! Lots of fruit trees to train! 👍😀😀

  3. fredgardener says:

    Nice ! Young cercis are they protected from frosts in UK? I have one sown 3 years ago and now in the ground ( with a pile of dead leaves as mulch). I will see…

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Fred, no they are pretty tough in this part of the uk thankfully 👍I hope yours goes though the winter ok

  4. John Kingdon says:

    You’ve really got it made. You can extend your garden beyond its boundaries, remodel it, grow lots of different plants, find lots of different sixes. And the best part is someone else buys all your plants.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s great fun John, would never change my career for anything well apart from being paid a shed load more money!

  5. n20gardener says:

    Such lovely things. What a great job you have! I decided to leave off pruning my pittosporum for this year. When is the best time to prune it?

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😀In the spring is ideal tbh although you can get away doing it 12months a year

  6. Lora Hughes says:

    A really diverse collection from you this week. You’ve captured the whole of the season in these few shots. Love the contrast of the rose w/the background – is that sedum? I can’t tell. And the sneak peek into the nest . . . but have to admit the cherry is my fav. I really, really love the trunks & branches of trees & shrubs, so you know the Tibetan cherry wins my heart. I hope you have many fine days, reclaiming this garden for your clients.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Lora, it’s going to be fun👍 yes funny enough it’s one of my favourites too, love the effect it does in the garden, going to try and wash it off a little next week as well

  7. mrsdaffodil says:

    I’m very fond of lupins, but Lupinus arboreus is new to me. It’s attractive with raindrops gleaming on its leaves. And the nest! That must be the upside of climbing up into trees.

    1. thomashort says:

      On yes love finding old nests and seeing the details of how they made them 😀 it’s a great shrub indeeed 👍

  8. How lovely to see the foliage of the rosa rugosa – I have just planted two of them and am really hoping they will give me some yellow in the autumn. Great pictures and a lovely sentiment, to look for beauty in everything. Those seeds look like prunes to me.

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s so beautiful isn’t just another added bonus of roses 👍👍

  9. I can’t wait for my Cercis to change colour – I’ve yet to get the candyfloss smell though. Apparently, I need to get my hands on some Pittosporum!

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s well worth the wait fella, don’t tend to get the candy floss smell with the cercis sadly it’s the ceridelpyllum (speling!) that produces the candy smell 👍 pittosporum is a brilliant shrub!

      1. Ah my confusion – it’s cercidiphyllum japonicum I have – Cercis canadensis is on the wish list

  10. Mary O Connell says:

    love the idea of picking out 6 plants

    1. thomashort says:

      More than welcome to join in, it can be indeed 6 things happening in your garden as well on the Saturday, The propagator has a handy guide on his site 👍😀

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