Six on Saturday in November is a tricky ask for me, but I am sure that The Prop will have managed some interesting ones, so I shall go there, link up, and get inspired by the other gardeners in the group.
1. First frosts of the season this week leave a pretty pattern on the outside roof of the conservatory, but no damage yet on the plants.
2. My order of bulbs has arrived and now I must decide where the species tulips are to go in the front 'Mediterranean' garden. I've been reminding myself of the height, colour, and the position I first thought of when I was ordering the bulbs. My imagination exceeds the capacity of the garden, and will I remember where all the other bulbs are? These will be planted with labels and ought I to plant them in pots and wait to see where to put them?
3. A small pink flowered 'decorative' strawberry has been doing its thing out of season. I don't know its name. The colour of the flowers isn't quite right for the garden, but I hope the birds have enjoyed the fruit.
4. Hiding amongst the strawberry I am surprised to find cyclamen coum in flower really early.
Cyclamen Tilebarn Elizabeth is showing plenty of leaf, hopefully it will keep its full flush of flowers for early in the new year.
5. Now all the leaves have fallen off the small amalanchier trees in the garden, there is just a little sprouting of green leaves. Please do not share this as I would not want all the 'druids' from Glastonbury trampling over the garden in admiration. I remember smearing some seeds from a wreath I had made up three years ago. Orchards, poplars and many other trees in the are are festooned with mistletoe...
6. Scabiosa caucasica 'Perfecta Alba' has some strangely angled stems. This plant was bought last year, but moved to this position in the summer. I wonder if it is a disease such as a virus or a growth anomaly caused by damage from a biting insect, maybe a nematode? I think I shall cut it down to ground level but not compost the material what do you think?
OK pretty poor pictures, but I did find some superb ones of Scabious taken by Brian Johnston of Canada.