The Little Weeds were back to school this week, although Littlest Weed doesn’t start until next week, but settling back into the routine has not left much time for gardening.
So this week’s six really have very little to do with me – just plants getting on and doing their thing. As ever I doff my cap to the head honcho of SOS, The Propagator, and look forward to seeing what his other underlings have been up to in their plots this week.
- Japanese anemone
We have two small clumps of this pretty white anemone (I’m guessing it’s Honorine Jobert – I didn’t plant it) and would love more. Shown here with bronze fennel, rainbow chard and cavolo nero. You might call it messy; I’m going with artistic abundance.
2. Erigeron karvinskianus
I planted this Mexican fleabane last year by our front gatepost and it has obligingly flowered from early summer onwards, left pretty much to its own devices.
You can’t beat a sunflower for low maintenance jollification. I popped the seeds in the ground fairly late in the year (May?) and watched them grow. Job done.
Our butterfly bush is another low maintenance winner. I chopped it back late last autumn (I believe I should have done it in the spring but I get a bit bored of it once it has flowered). It didn’t seem to mind and has come back bigger than ever this year.
5. Choisya ternata
Until earlier this year, our Mexican orange blossom was obscured by an overgrown box in front (you can still see the remnants bottom left). So I have been delighted to notice this year that it has a second flowering in September (the first was in the spring). I do miss the box a little and so am thinking of installing a new box ball somewhere this winter.
6. Shrub ident please
Some of you may remember that in my enthusiasm for hacking things back this year, I cut down a small tree just outside our French windows which was cutting out a lot of light. I did not manage to kill it off altogether though and here you can see the red leaves of its new growth. I would be very grateful for an ident – Jim Stephens?
That’s it for this week. I hope soon to be able to report on some actual gardening – I have big plans for making big plans this autumn, if you catch my drift.