It has been another strange week, beginning on Monday which was my birthday. The weather was rather gloomy and cloudy, but we headed off to a beach café anyway for lunch during which the cloud cleared, the sun came out and bright blue skies appeared! The rest of the week was pretty much the same, some mizzle, lots of fog, cloudy days, heavy rain, showers and rainbows and some chilly evenings (two of which saw the wood-burner being lit) but often very mild days. I managed to get some bulbs planted and some cutting back carried out in the raised beds, but there is still lots to do so I am hoping for a few dry and sunny days.
(1) Another plant on the front steps is this pretty Heuchera which has looked good all year, though probably could do with repotting next spring. This is Heuchera ‘Ginger Ale’ with more reddish tints at this time of the year.
(2) Along with the heuchera above are two female Skimmia Japonica plants. One was supposed to be ‘Kew White’ with white berries but unfortunately I received two ‘Nymans’ which has red berries. Although they are next to each other and receive the same treatment, one of these plants has developed a lot of yellow leaves. Any advice?
(3) Agave Americana Variegata. Time to bring this plant indoors. It doesn’t get exceptionally cold here, but it does get very wet. Already I have discovered that several of my baby echeverias that have been outside all summer have rotted. They and the parents are now indoors where they will remain dry until the spring. Looking at this photo it appears there are some pups, so I shall have to try and repot this and remove the pups to make new plants.
(4) This pretty Athyrium niponicum, the Japanese painted fern, on the other hand will remain outdoors. It will die down over the winter.
(5) Asters are in flower now, these are one from the Island series of dwarf Michaelmas daisies with semi-double violet-purple flowers with golden centres.
(6) And a final look at the sweet peas which haven’t done very well this year. I sowed some myself, but they were slow to grow and quite puny so I bought some seedlings from a nursery that were much stronger. They put on a lot of growth but not many flowers. I do like these rich colours and the wonderful scent so I shall try again next year.
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