Six on Saturday – The Long Goodbye

What a glorious autumn we are having. We’ve had some frosts, which have carried the dahlias etc off, clearing space for the coming week’s bulb planting. They also helped the colours ramp up, so there is now a great show as the trees shrug their leaves off. And we are back to fairly sunny mild weather to enjoy it all. Perfect!

1) Wisteria – The final performance

I’ll be cursing next week no doubt when the leaves all fall to the ground and then blow into the pond, but right now our wisteria (Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’) is looking wonderful. Its golden leaves catch any morning sun on offer and really glow. In fact the whole patio is on fire with the birch fluttering mustard coloured leaves in the background, a potted acer adding some red at ground level and the copper beech hedge wrapping right round everything.


Golden cloak of wisteria

2) Sweet peas – Sweet and strong

I can’t say that I’ve been inundated with flowers from the sweet peas this year but they have been steadily providing colour for months. This is one of my favourites: Cupani. I tend to confuse it with Matucana, but I have just read an article stating there there are many clear differences, including flower size, intensity of scent and colour and also the number flowers per stem (typically 2 vs 4).


Sweet pea – Cupani

Cupani is apparently the most primitive form of sweetpea known.

3) Ginger lily – Still flowering. Surprise!

I went to dig out the ginger lily so that I could move it into the garage for winter, when I noticed the last spike was actually in flower:


Hedychium deniflorum (I believe – It was an unlabelled plant sale purchase)

Given the settled, mild weather, I am going to leave it for another week.

4) Last tomato – Indigo Rose

I picked my last tomato today. I’d been cosseting a final plant of ‘Indigo Rose’ in the greenhouse for a while, but now it is gone so that I can keep stuffing tender stuff in the  protected space freed up. ‘Indigo Rose’ has been a dramatic addition to the salad bowl with its absolutely black shiny skin. Well, I say that, but it is only true of the top half. Underneath it shows normal red tomato colours, starting green and turning red when ripe. For all round dark spheres you might be better going with something like ‘Chocolate Cherry’. In any case both have great flavour, although ‘Indigo Rose’ probably just beats ‘Chocolate Cherry’ in sweetness.


5) Phacelia – Best bee plant ever!

This is the second crop of Phacelia Tanecetifolium that we’ve had this year and it is entirely self-seeded (and has been for a number of years). That means that it is a great flower for providing fuel for bees in both early and late in the season and they adore it. The photo was taken on Thursday and the plants were covered in honey bees and a number of different bumblebees too. It is such sweet looking plant too. The blue is maybe a bit paler than the May showing, but it still rocks that same curling structure (which gives rise to its common name: Fiddleneck).


6) New purchase – Salix ‘Mount Aso’

I am looking forward to next spring and in future years, tons and tons of soft, pink catkins. You can check out my anticipated show of pink fluffiness here and it was too good a deal to resist (it caught my eye while I was bulb sale shopping).


My baby Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’

So that is my Six for The Propagator’s Saturday meme. Make sure to check out his post and the comments following to see other sixes around the world.

I leave you with an extra picture, of my favourite tree at Wimpole just now … Quercus rubra in its autumn coat. Stunning!


Quercus rubra in its burning autumn glory

Have a good weekend!


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13 Responses to Six on Saturday – The Long Goodbye

  1. fredgardener says:

    Very nice pictures, especially the last one. Still full of colors in this Six this week, here it’s becoming scarce…

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    The last tomato is as holy as the first. I always feel like I should have a ceremony around its consumption! 😉 Glad you’re having a lovely autumn. It is bittersweet saying goodbye, but I must remember that dormancy has its gifts, too.

  3. Sue says:

    Love the autumn colours!

  4. Tina says:

    Love the last shot. but that bee stole my heart!

  5. Chloris says:

    Lovely autumn colours. I have Salix Mount Aso, it is gorgeous.

  6. Lora Hughes says:

    The darker tomatoes do seem to be more sweet. I had dark & normal this year, & the dark were so sweet, the normal ones tasted nasty to me. My neighbours liked them though! I image searched the fiddle heads & wow, they’re really something to look at. That the pollinators like them is an added boon. Thanks for the tip.

    • Funnily enough, I attended a plant chemistry day course at Cambridge Botanics earlier in the year and participated in a blind tasting test of both dark and normal lettuce and tomatoes. I failed miserably to ID the darker variety!

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