Last week I did post my SOS but failed to notice until very late that I had not put up a link..so if you want to peek there here is your chance to have 'two for one'. Well done on the propagator for noticing and making a supportive comment. Again he has something to interest all his gardening friends...with great pictures, my favourite this week being his Fatsia.
Looking out towards one corner of the garden, (1) the Acer is changing colour, and is in the perfect position to reflect the sunshine in the afternoon and add an autumnal note to the garden. There is quite a space behind it, and this is where in the lee of the wall that I have decided to place the 'Winter Hedgehog Quarters'. Too late to make up this year, but a nice project to work on in the next few weeks, with a little help from Mr S. As you can tell up to last night at least we have not yet had a frost. I have just peered out and the nasturtiums are still in fine form this Saturday morning.
A new plant to the garden and to me is (2) Amsonia hubrichtii. Here it is with its narrow needle shaped leaves turning golden yellow. According to the RHS it comes from Arkansas and I have just read that there they have wet winters...so it is probably feeling quite comfortable. The low morning light shining through helps this stand out in the Autumn Garden. By this time next year it will be much larger, and may well be on the 'to be moved' list.
I am sure most gardens will have (3) Hylotelephium Autumn Joy. This is one of the few plants that came with the garden. I divided it up and replanted smaller pieces...and I can see that the ones given to neighbours are also thriving. Just as an aside, we saw a small tortoiseshell butterfly in the garden yesterday sunning itself on the back wall. Whilst on the subject of creepy crawlies, we cleared way several Noble False Widow spiders from the Conservatory.
This week I have been on more than a little about the light. It has shown up some plants to great effect. I had to move all the plants which were close by the conservatory, to accommodate the scaffolding which Mr S used to clean down the roof of the C. (4) The Hakonechloa macra Aureola Grasses were moved out from the shade towards the middle of the garden. They look great at the edge of the seating area, so I've decided for my birthday to have two nice large pots to transfer these into..not too heavy so that they can be moved. Those grasses deserve to have some decent pots now that their old ones are breaking up. They were old and second hand to start up with.
Now the Cyclamen Hederifolium are the sole players on my shed shelf, as they deserve full attention. Just one for your eyes this week: (6) Cyclamen Hederifolium Silver Shield.