Six On Saturday: Last days of Summer

If the garden was happy last week, it should be ecstatic this week. It has been sunshine and showers all the way, rounded off by gusting winds. It felt like Autumn.   My minimal staking of the cosmos was revealed for what is was but pinching the dahlias out after three leaves has given me sturdier plants. Here’s six from the garden this week.


That Autumnal feel is enhanced by the sight of ripening apples.  The windfalls have been coming thick and fast and I think picking those that remain will be on the to do list in the next week.  All the apples go off to be juiced and I am pleased to hear that the juicing farm is open for business as usual.


I am pleased to have fruit on the lemon tree again.  It was in near-death mode after the cold spell of February 2018 – the famous ‘Beast from the East’ episode.  However I doubt this fruit is going to fill out and ripen before it is consigned to the unheated greenhouse for overwintering.  So sad.  On the upside the lemon flowers are so fragrant.


I am growing the wonderful Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ in a shady border.  They are glowing at the moment.  Long may they last and I give them permission to spread as much as they like.


This is salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ which overwintered.  Unfortunately the other two didn’t make it so it is not such a full planting scheme.  I did supplement this one with some plug plants of ‘Mystic Spires’ but they have not performed as well.   My research tells me that ‘Indigo Spires’ can reach four to five feet while ‘Mystic Spires’ peaks at three feet.  Here ‘Mystic’ has managed about eight inches.  Disappointing, but it’s not in the sunniest spot. I’ll be searching out ‘Indigo Spires’ for next year.


Achillea ‘Summer Wine’.  Poor thing, I’ve moved it around the garden, had it a pot overwinter and eventually planted it out.  It’s a bit thin on the ground this year but I’m optimistic that this will settle in this sunny corner.


Lastly, a hardworking pelagonium.  Overwintered in the greenhouse, and dragged out for another year of flowers.  I am very fond of this one.  It never fails – touch wood.

I was making the most of the odd dry hour to get a few things done.  The fruited canes of the loganberries have been cut down and the new canes tied together.  Such tidiness is very satisfying.  The blackberries will have to be tackled soon.  The last of the new potatoes were dug up, revealing just how dry the ground was.  It was a wet week but this garden really needed a good soaking.  To take a look at how everyone else has been managing stop by at The Propagator.  I see I have an ally in feeling that Autumn is sneaking in.

18 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Last days of Summer

  1. Windfall apples have been eaten all week here as Apple Crumble – with added blackberries! My loganberries were never so poor as this year; hardly any crop at all and very, very little growth of new canes so it is not promising for next year at all. I think it was too dry at the time they needed water. Now, the place it saturated.

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    • Five foot is impressive. I’ve never had them that tall and my older ones (three years) just have not spread at all and I’d like them too. This second group are doing much better so you may be right – careful what I wish for.


  2. So many sixers showcasing their fruit and veg this week! I really envy everyone with a fruit tree. ‘Honorine Jobert’ is very beautiful, I have a white one ‘White Swan’ which has very pretty grey-blue streak on the underside. It was a young plant last year so I am very pleased to see it has survived and flowering more this. And your pretty Pelargonium has reminded me that my ivy-leaved one must have died. I never had problems with pellies, but I am here for some reason.

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    • Strange how easy it is to forget a plant! I was thinking about some violas the other day – I had saved them from the S&Ss, kept them in pots, replanted them, and immediately forgotten them . They have just managed to survive another S&S attack after all the rain.


  3. Ah, Japanese anemone is so elegant! It does not do well here, but there is one small colony of it at work that will not die. It blooms with only a few flowers annually, and always looks badly, but somehow survives. Even the flowers are not very pretty, in a rather grungy pale shade of pink. Yet, because it is a Japanese anemone, it stays. I intend to take pieces of it to see if I can find a spot where they would be happier. Also, I intend to get a white cultivar.

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  4. Why is it that Achillea will easily hold its own amongst the coarse growth of a roadside verge but gets quickly destroyed by slugs when I plant it in the garden. I paid good money for the same variety you have last year, it had vanished in about a week, got moved, started to come up, disappeared for good.

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