It’s been a long time since I’ve joined in with SoS – here we go …
There’s something vaguely celebratory about this post: in all honesty, the garden looks better than it has done since about 10 June.
What a funny season, though! I have French beans still flowering – and setting, although the courgette (only one plant this year – there’s a limit to how much I like them!) is flowering without producing fruit. I think I had two courgettes in early September!
I note this morning that the temperatures still haven’t dropped below 11 degrees centigrade on my supper terrace.
Here are my six:
One. Finally my tabby, Ella, can look out the window again – she adores it, but in the summer the pelargoniums in the window boxes block her view.
The pelargoniums were tucked up in the sunroom on 2 November, in spite of the fact that the temperatures are still high. In the past I used to put all the ‘tenders’ away at once. Now I find the rush too panicky and do them piecemeal, a few pots at a time.
Two. The wonderful ‘Muhly grass’ (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is flowering.
After seeing it on some of my favourite American blogs, I bought one to try in the ground and it did actually survive that winter. The temperatures were not low – I think its minimum is 10 degrees centigrade. But it refused to grow on the heavy, heavy clay and just turned up its toes. So, here we are, version 2 – probably will be put into the sunroom for protection, but I also made sure that I planted it with lots of gravelly drainage material in the compost.
Three. Echinacea ‘Rainbow Marcella’. Really enjoying this.
It was bought from Peter Nyssen and went out to it’s current position this spring. Has stood up better to the drought over the summer than the other echinacea. Vibrant colours are going swimmingly with the leaf colours that are becoming more pronounced with each day.
As I say boringly on this blog without pause – it’s really, really difficult to buy plants in my part of France. Forget going out for the day and picking up one plant that you really fancy. No, if you want new blood you’ve to buy mail order and spend a fortune to make it worthwhile. I’ve been impressed by Peter Nyssen’s herbaceous material (quality & price) and would strongly recommend to others in corners of Europe that might as well be plant deserts.
Four. Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Blackfield’. Last year – its first in the ground – it was a real picture, given all the unusual rain we had over the 2021 summer season. This year not so much, but still enjoying it.
Five. I finally got round to growing my chinese veg (mustard greens/chopsuey greens) in the greenhouse (along with some small spinach).
However they were sown much too late and are a bit too small. I suspect they won’t really come into their own until Feb/March next year, but that’s ok. (Although I note this morning that there’s something ‘munching’!)
There’s spinach in the frames too, which I’ll put some fleece over as it gets colder. Oh I do love my greens … normally I have kale as well but the heat caught me out before I was able to transplant my bonny little seedlings. Will have to start even earlier next year.
Six. The red oak has, sadly, dropped its last leaf this week …
… but the foliage on the Vine Terrace still looks lovely in the autumn sunshine.
Pop over Garden Ruminations, the blog of Jim Stephens who is now host to Six on Saturday. There you’ll find links to more fascinating ‘sixes’.
I’ve been finding my garden increasingly difficult (too much huffing and puffing up and down the steps!!), but am aiming to work at falling in love with it again.
My plan is simple – and stolen from another blogger – I’ll aim to do one ‘loving’ act for my garden each day …
Have a wonderful week!