Six on Saturday | Autumn Equinox

As we head towards Michaelmas and the end of September things in the garden begin to quieten down. And soon the leaves will fall and the perennial plants will decay.

For now though here are six things in the garden on a Saturday.

My Amarine ‘Anastasia’  a hybrid of Nerine bowdenii and Amaryllis belladonna which showed no sign of a flower spike at the beginning of the month now has three! One very small one, but the three bulbs I bought in March 2019 have also started to grow new bulbs so hopefully in years to come I shall have more.

Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ is still going strong, but not as purple as I would like. I shall try some of the ‘Kiwi Blue’ next year
Another Fuchsia that has been looking good for a couple of months now is ‘Genii’ with its bright green foliage and contrasting red and purple flowers.
Fuchsia ‘Genii’
Linaria maroccana Little Sweeties Mix (Annual toadflax) is a jumble of brilliant, pretty colours, with mini snapdragon flowers. I sowed these direct in the late spring and was hoping for more of a display, but they have begun to brighten up the garden now.
Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’ has been seen before, but as it is one plant that is still flowering well I have no hesitation in showing it again.
Pretty blue daisies – Asters – still in a container despite my plan to remove them!

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cooler it must be time to get those spring bulbs planted so we have something to look forward to. Meanwhile those living in the southern hemisphere are already enjoying the fruits of their labours as spring begins.

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.

Six on Saturday


  1. Helen Jones says:

    The asters are superb, and I’m intrigued by that amarine, it looks really interesting.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It took a few years to flower, a good job I am a patient gardener!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I’ve probably commented before that I would love to be able to grow Fuchsias, but alas, our climate just isn’t right for them. Penstemons are such stalwart plants aren’t they? Just waiting now for mine to start flowering….. shouldn’t be too long.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Fuchsias do seem to like a lot of water which is why they do well in the southwest. I shall look forward to seeing your Penstemons, I don’t seem to be able to keep some of them over winter, except for the pink ones.

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely as always Jude. Your water droplet-ed (is that a word) banner image is glorious. Your image of the fuchsia genii is so pretty!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Tina. Dropleted should be a word if it isn’t 😁

  4. Still lots of gorgeous colour in your garden. It’s very pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. Yes there are still things in flower but not many more to come.

  5. Goodness! Your Nerine is much earlier than mine and your Cerinthe Major is much later. Still many bright, colourful plants in your garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I sowed the Cerinthe quite late, some of last year’s self seeded plants have already been pulled out.

  6. The toadflax looks great, but I suspect from what you’ve written that it’s mostly down to your photography skills.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha, thanks for that HB. If I photographed the container from afar you would struggle to see the flowers, but they are like little sweeties.

  7. n20gardener says:

    I like those annual toadflax flowers. I’ve also found that the annuals are only just beginning to really strengthen. It looks like you have a garden full of colour now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is still very colourful, but how much will be left after these winds today? I have an insanely tall sunflower that is being whipped around.

  8. n20gardener says:

    It started out as a lovely day here but it has just become blustery. Good luck to the sunflower!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’ve taken its photo just in case…

  9. Fuchsia is such a beautiful flower. In Afrikaans they are called ‘klokkies’ (little bells) – it’s so descriptive! And the daisies are also eye catching … I just love your flower posts!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for liking the photos. Yes, klokkies does sound lovely. I always think of fuchsias as ballet dancers with their tutus.

      1. I like that … ballet dancers with their tutus ☺️.

  10. Cathy says:

    How wonderful to have those flowers on your amarine! I have one in the Coop but there are no signs of any buds yet although with some of these crosses I can never remember when they could be expected to flower. I do have 5 buds on a nerine though! I had C Kiwi Blue this year and it is the first time I have had a cerinthe self-seed – I have potted up the seedlings for the time being. The plants didn’t flower for very long though but perhaps the weather saw them off? As expected, your photos are always wonderful!

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