Six on Saturday: Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Many years ago my first full time job was working for satirical magazine Private Eye. At this time of year, it was a favourite gambit to do a round up of all the lazy journalists who had written a piece referring to ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. So in true lazy journalistic style that is the title I have given to this week’s six.

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1. Treetops and grapevine…

…reminding me to book in the tree surgeon.

2. Halloween pumpkin

There were some SOS-ers who doubted my pumpkin would be ready in time for Halloween. It may not win any competitions for size but I think it will make us a nice little lantern.

3. Cyclamen

I was going to move these to a new spot but I decided to leave them where they are and bought three new plants for a fiver from a stall in our local precinct. In the background you can just glimpse another baby pumpkin – this one won’t be ready for Halloween.

4. Empty bed

I have cleared this patch in partial shade under our west facing fence between a holly tree and a Philadelphus. Any planting suggestions gratefully received.

5. Tess of the d’Urbevilles

This has been a wonderful autumn for roses and Tess is still flowering away by our front steps.

6. Roadside flowers

Not my garden but I love this patch of wildflowers by the side of a main road near us.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    If you are lacking pumpkins for Halloween, I have plenty! A Eurostar ticket and 2 hours car …( I know, there is something else easier to do ….)   But I’m sure yours will be perfect.👍

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    1. Thanks for the offer!

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  2. I need to contact a tree surgeon too – thanks for the reminder. I love that sunflower standing sentry over the roadside wildflowers. It must cheer every motorist up as they drive along.

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  3. Mybackyardgarden4b says:

    “Mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Much more poetic than my fall garden lament, “Totally bummed.”

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  4. Keats and Hardy, a very literary six, which I enjoyed a lot

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  5. Ali says:

    That’s a perfect pumpkin for little carrots! For partial shade, I like Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Verbena rigida, maybe some Astrantia, good old Alchemilla mollis, maybe even a Clematis??

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    1. Thanks all good suggestions – a purple/ blue geranium and an astrantia were on my wish list and alchemilla mollis is a good idea!


  6. March Picker says:

    Be proud of that pumpkin! It’s perfect. Tess must bring you joy right by your entry. Right plant, right place! A fresh patch of earth is always exciting. We gardeners tend to drool over that.

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, another grape tree. Is that a pear to the upper left? My Concord grape grew into an evergreen pear, and I happen to be an arborist. How embarrassing.
    That empty bed is rather vague. Not enough of the surroundings are visible to limit the possibilities. I can tell you more of what you should not plant than what you should plant.

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    1. The vine is growing into a holly and there is a bay tree to the left. The bare patch is west facing semi shade and we have chalk soil. It is behind our hot border but I have just ordered a load of pastel pink white and blue bulbs so I think that will be the colour scheme.

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  8. tonytomeo says:
    Is this a colleague of yours? I thought it was amusing.
    For years, my best editor used to dare me to use cliche terminology that I was too embarrassed to used, such as ‘riot of color’. I remember joking about that phrase since 1985! It is particularly amusing when applied to serene or relaxing gardens.

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  9. cavershamjj says:

    Empty ground! If in doubt plant a geranium. Most are happy enough in partial shade.

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  10. Lora Hughes says:

    I know nothing about soil conditions, but my partial shade list includes spider web fatsia, brunnera, hosta, gillenia, actaea, various ferns, & bergenia. I’m cheering on your little green pumpkin to catch up w/its sibling. And Tess . . . I’m certain she’s drawn my admiration before, but she still very much has it.

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