Six on Saturday. 13.10.2018

We have been away in Wales which is beautiful but rather wet.  It is lovely to get home to warm sunshine and new delights in the garden.

My first treat is the eagerly awaited October-blooming snowdrop, Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae. Sorry about the tautology, I didn’t name it. In fact when I first grew this snowdrop it was called Galanthus corcyensis. As it comes from sunny Greece, it prefers a sheltered, sunny position although I have it growing quite happily in the shade.

Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae

Next I have a tree which doesn’t look very amazing at the moment, although some years the pretty heart-shaped leaves colour up nicely. To appreciate it properly, you need a ‘scratch and sniff’ computer. It is a weeping tree called Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendula’. At this time of the year, I enjoy working near it and I have planted it where I will pass it regularly. The autumn leaves smell of candy floss or toffee apples. Absolutely yummy.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendula’.

This year my quince tree, Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja’ is so laden with heavy fruit that the branches look as if they might break under the weight.  The quince was supposed to be the ‘ golden apple’  with which Eve tempted Adam  in the Garden of Eden. Presumably they had cooking facilities because I wouldn’t like to eat one raw. The Ancient Greeks believed that a quince tree sprung up wherever Aphrodite stepped so the fruit was associated with love and fertility. I love the quince not just for its classical associations and its golden, furry fruit, but because in spring it has the prettiest blossom.

Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja

A bowl of fruit will fill a room with a wonderful scent. They are good baked in pies with apples. And of course they make wonderful Quince cheese, Membrillo.

Whilst on the subject of gold, this  jasmine is lighting up my secret garden at the moment. In summer it is more lime- green but in September it turns bright shimmering gold.  It is called Jasminum officinalis ‘Fiona Sunrise’ I don’t know who Fiona is but I would grow this lovely plant even if it didn’t have fragrant flowers in summer.

Jasminum officinalis ‘Fiona Sunrise’

I had the wrought iron bench made to match the spider web gate which you might have seen on other posts. It seems appropriate at the moment as spiders are very much in evidence in the October garden. This one is enjoying a large fly.

Garden Spider. Araneus diadematus

As we have family coming to lunch tomorrow I have picked a bowl of October flowers; dahlias and Michaelmas daisies.

So there are my Six on Saturday. I wish I could make a heading of a neat row of photographs as so many of the Six on Saturday club do. Unfortunately I haven’t mastered the technology for that. I must work on it for next time. Meanwhile many thanks to The Propagator who hosts this meme and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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53 Responses to Six on Saturday. 13.10.2018

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful bowl of blooms.

  2. Interesting to see your Cercidiphyllum with green leaves still as my three young’uns are now completely bare. I’ve put this down to stress in their pots, but it means I’ve missed that toffee smell. Enjoy yours! I love the appearance of your golden jasmine. It goes so well with your marvellous bench.

  3. Mala Burt says:

    On wordpress you will have uploaded your photos to the media library. If you click on several photos they will be numbered and will appear in groups, so experiment. I only recently discovered this after five years of WordPress postings.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Mala. I can put my photos in a mosaic pattern or even a slide show so it is a bit dumb of me to be defeated by a row. I will try next time.

      • Mala Burt says:

        I haven’t tried a row so my advice might not be helpful. WordPress has a chat feature that I’ve used. You might get be able to get help from one of their people. I don’t do well with trying to wade through the forum comments.

      • Heyjude says:

        Try three or six images in a gallery and then choose square format as the display. That works for me. I do resize my images and use a square format, but that’s not strictly necessary.

  4. Mala Burt says:

    The flower arrangement is stunning.

  5. Jim Stephens says:

    I love the bench. I think I rather neglect the accessorising side of my garden, it’s just plants, plants, plants. I need an obelisk for my Bomarea, perhaps it’s time to get something good made.

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Oh, beautiful quinces! I can just imagine a clutch of them caramelised and sitting fragrantly and pinkly in a bowl waiting to be eaten. Your flower arrangement is beautiful: gorgeous autumnal colours.

    • Chloris says:

      Can you grow quinces over there? They are beautiful fruit.

      • janesmudgeegarden says:

        Yes, they grow very well indeed, Chloris, but I’m not sure I could fit one into my suburban garden. That sort of thing could have been better planned when we moved into this house 4 years ago – hindsight and all of that.

  7. rusty duck says:

    The scent from Cercidiphyllum japonicum is just wonderful. Sadly I think most of the leaves on mine have departed north bound up the M5 over the last couple of days. Thank you Storm Callum.

    • Chloris says:

      Goodness yes, I have been reading about Storm Callum. It sounds awful. It didn’t touch us here. In fact yesterday we were basking in temperatures of 23 degrees which is weird for mid October. Global warming hey?

      • rusty duck says:

        It was really weird because even though it looked like an autumn gale it was very warm, wind coming from the south. I was running about rescuing pots in a short sleeved T-shirt.. with tree branches crashing to the earth all around me!

      • Chloris says:

        Goodness, you live dangerously down in Devon.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, this is the time of year that quince are ready! I got two copies from a tree that I grew up with. I do not know the cultivar. Quince are very rare here. Even those of Mexican ancestry do not grow them anymore. I enjoy my two trees just because I grew up with their parent, but I still do not know what to do with the fruit. I use it for pectin extract, but that uses only a few fruit. I slice the largest fruit in half and bake them with a bit of sugar on top like small apple pies. They are like an apple pie for one! They also make nice apple sauce. Otherwise, I get more fruit than I can use.

    • Chloris says:

      I wonder why quinces are so rare over there. The fruit are lovely slow baked with honey or maple syrup and Marsala. They end up glowing amber, fudgy and delicious.

      • tonytomeo says:

        I cannot figure it out either! I am told that they were more popular and even a standard component to a normal home garden orchard a long time ago when there were more people here from Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Italy. Subsequent generations seem to have faded it out. Mine came from a Portuguese household, but the kids of my generation do not grow them. My cousin likewise has no interest in them, even though his ancestors grew them for a few generations. We all know our apricots, prunes and cherries though.

  9. Quince envy!!
    Love the dahlias too

    • Chloris says:

      The quince is a fabulous tree, I think the blossom is prettier than apple blossom. And this year I have gone overboard with dahlias. I love them.

      • I love both and will definitely have more dahlias next year. I went to Ayletts dahlia fields and there were so many gorgeous ones. ( mine were a bit weedy this year to be honest)

  10. prue batten says:

    I agree with you about quince in a bowl, filling the room with fragrance and about their gorgeous blossoms. And i do love quince paste, despite all the hoo-ha to make it! I have also listed Fiona Sunrise as I think it’s spectacular. Lovely pics!

    • Chloris says:

      Yes quince paste is a fiddle to make. The quinces are hard to peel. The last lot I made took ages and then I burnt it.
      You love Fiona Sunset too? You don’t see it very often and I can’t think why it is so pretty.

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m still astonished to see this early form of snowdrops in Oct. Great six this week, Chloris and your flower bowl is so lovely. I was looking at dahlias online this morning, already planning for next summer!

    • Chloris says:

      I have grown lots of dahlias this year and they have given me so much pleasure, blooming prolifically since July. I wonder which ones you will choose. Have you got a favourite?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I want to try a few collarettes and one or two peachy/orange ones. Looking at ‘Bashful’, ‘Maarn’, ‘Summer’s End’ and ‘Teddy’. It is hard to narrow it down, but needs must!

  12. Kris P says:

    Knowing how you love snowdrops, I can’t imagine finding a better gift from your grateful garden upon your return. I’ve no idea how quince smells but, based on your description, I’m curious to get a sniff; however, my western garden guide tells me that finding any of these plants in my area is an unlikely proposition. Of course, I love your bountiful flower arrangement too. Enjoy your family visit!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Kris. Yes, the first snowdrop is always exciting.
      It is so difficult to describe scents. Quinces smell aromatic and fruity but also a bit floral and musky. What a pity you can’t grow it.

  13. A scratch-and-sniff computer–now that would be nice! I’m glad you’re happily home and enjoying the beauty all around you. Such a lovely bouquet!

  14. Oh isn’t good to see snowdrops in flower again Chloris? Not only is my galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae ‘Cambridge’ in bloom but I have another out too but with label missing. May well be asking you for help with id. I like your suggestion of baked quinces with honey and Marsala. A friend is dropping some quinces off to me in the next few days 🙂 With that fabulous quince crop and the drifting aroma of toffee apple your house and garden must be a real treat for the nose.

  15. Chloris says:

    Looking forward to seeing your G. ‘Cambridge’ Anna. Is it one of Joe Sharman’s?
    Yes, it is fun to have lots of quinces to share with my friends. Preparing them is not fun though, the skin is so tough.

  16. bittster says:

    Add me to the list of quince admirers. They look so bountiful that scent or no scent I would love to have a bowlful in the kitchen. Here you occasionally see the newer, dwarf varieties but I don’t think these set fruit well.
    An excellent bench. I’m sure a good book, cushion and coffee go a long way in enjoying that spot.

    • Chloris says:

      I grow ‘Vranja’ because I was told it was a prolific cropper. I think this warm sunny summer
      has something to do with its abundance too.
      I have benches all over the garden but I rarely sit in them. As soon as I sit down I see something that needs doing. Still I like to imagine myself sitting in them with a cool drink and a good book.

  17. What a fabulous six, Chloris. That ‘toffee apple’ tree sounds brilliant! I’d love one of those. Do they grow huge or would they be ok in a medium sized garden? Very pretty bouquet. X

    • Chloris says:

      My toffee apple tree is a weeping form and in 12 years it hasn’t grown very big. Mind you I dug it up twice to bring with me when I moved house. so it has has a lot to put up with. So if you would like one look out for Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendula’.

  18. A joy to see a snowdrop before they become a bit, well, um, boring. Love the toffee apple tree, although I call it the candyfloss tree, I expect I got it mixed up somewhere along the way. As always your flower arrangement is fabulous!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Gill. But snowdrops boring! They keep me going through the winter. I’d go crazy if I couldn’t count green spots on snowdrops through the bleakest months.

  19. Heyjude says:

    The scent from Cercidiphyllum japonicum is just wonderful. I wish I had one in my garden. As for quince, I didn’t know it had a lovely fragrance, never grown any and never eaten any either.

  20. snowbird says:

    A tree that smells of toffee apples….how lovely! I am getting used to the fact that you have snowdrops this early….only took five years or so! Quince makes a nice cheese? Since becoming vegan I am desperate for a nice cheese! Love your vase, you are a natural! Hope you post a little about your trip to Wales….some girls just need to know! xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Some people say it smells of toffee apples, I think it is more candy floss or caramelised sugar.
      Well it is called Quince cheese, but it is more a thick jelly which you can slice.

  21. Love the Cercidiphyllum, haven’t seen one in years! What is quince cheese? The Dahlia arrangement has lovely tapestry colors, very autumnal. Of course there is a fall Snowdrop in your garden!

  22. Unaware that there are fall-blooming snowdrops. It makes a nice reminder that spring will come eventually. The quinces look like pears, but sounds like they taste nothing alike.

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