The garden, like the weather, is looking wild at the moment. Leaves strewn everywhere, perennials dying back to make interesting shapes and textures, but still the roses go on blooming.
Each week The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden and it is a delight to see what he and his followers come up with. Here is my rather bedraggled offering.
- Fatsia flowers
Each year around this time our Fatsia japonica produces these space age flowers. It looks a bit like a Christmas tree designed by Barbarella. The Lady of Shallot roses are still strutting their stuff beside it.
2. Fig leaves
Our fig tree has been shedding its leaves, blanketing the lawn. I am waiting for the drier, milder weather forecast for the start of next week to go out and clear this lot.
3. Fig tree
The Little Weeds always like it when the leaves fall off the fig tree because it makes it easier to climb. Fig trees are not that strong, however, and the Weeds aren’t so little any more, so not sure how much longer it will bear their weight. It’s a pretty amazing specimen though (and one for which I can’t take any credit.)
It is time to book in the tree surgeons. They will shape the bay to the left of this picture and cut back the vine. I will have to tackle the clematis which has been particularly rampant this year and does not add much to the garden with the most insignificant white flowers. The holly belongs to the house behind, so that will be left untouched.
This red sedum, picked up from a neighbour’s plant sale for 30p earlier in the year, is now coming into its own.
6. Echeveria ‘Duchess of Nuremburg’
This sturdy little Echeveria, bought from the gardens at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, has been inside and out, but she has never been happier than this summer spent in a butler’s sink with some bargain basement alpines. She has even doubled in size. Do I leave her here over winter in a sheltered spot, or bring her in? I can already see some signs of fungal disease in the white on her leaves. All advice welcome.