Six on Saturday. Autumn Bounty.

I have had a rather long blogging holiday as other writing commitments have rather taken over the last few weeks and sometimes life gets in the way. But I’m still here and so is the garden. In fact, late summer and early autumn provide waves of floral delights with an abundance of dahlias, Michaelmas daisies and colchicums; I am sorry I let them go by unrecorded. And now the chrysanthemums have started too and will carry the garden into November.

Today, I have been looking around for special treats and I was stopped in my tracks by the blooms of one of my tree dahlias blooming way above my head. These are hybrids of Dahlia imperialis bred by Keith Hammett in New Zealand. So far all my seedlings have turned out to be pink. They grow to an enormous height and then start blooming late in the season. But even the ones without flowers provide an impressive presence in my exotic garden.

Trees and shrubs are colouring up and fruits and berries are everywhere. I have quite a few spindles grown from seed and they are all looking lovely at the moment. This one is a seedling of Euonymus hamiltonianus ‘Miss Pinkie’. Some of the spindles get bright red leaves in autumn, but on this one they turn yellow as the days get colder.

Hesperantha coccinea is always a useful plant for early autumn. As long as the plants don’t get too dry, it spreads beautifully into nice big clumps. The only drawback is that the flower spikes tend to loll about a bit. I have it in red, pink and white; my favourites are the white and pink.

Hesperantha coccinea. ‘White Form’
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Pink Surprise’

My big treat in October is the blooming of my nerine collection in the greenhouse. It has got rather out of hand. I could ramble on about my nerines for a long time, but on this occasion I will confine myself to just one. This next picture is one of my latest; it is called Nerine ‘Lipstick’. I think I shall have to come back to the nerines another day.

Nerine ‘Lipstick’

I suppose an autumn bounty blog should include fruit. I have apples, pears and quinces but in the greenhouse I have grapes. These are a bit of a disappointment because in a previous greenhouse I had a wonderful golden Muscat grape and I thought that this was going to be the same. It was wrongly labelled and these black grapes are very sweet, but not what I was expecting. Still, it does bear loads of fruit.

Like all vegetable gardeners I have had lots of courgettes and also patty pan squash which look just like flying saucers. But my daughter gave me some plants of these ‘Uchiki Kuri’ squash and I am looking forward to sampling them. My chef is a bit baffled as to what he is supposed to do with them, but I think they keep quite well while he works something out.

Squash ‘Uchi Kuri’

So there we have just a small taste of what is happening here in the blooming garden right now. I shall be back soon, but first I have a lot of catching up with other blogs to do. Meanwhile do check out the Propagator and all his enthusiastic followers. He seems to be doing a lot of running at the moment; 100 miles is an awful lot of running. I doubt if I could run 100 yards, so I am amazed by people who do this sort of thing . But don’t worry, you don’t have to run to enjoy Six on Saturday.

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33 Responses to Six on Saturday. Autumn Bounty.

  1. Heyjude says:

    How delightful to see you back and with a lovely six. ‘Miss Pinkie’ is rather sweet, I haven’t seen a spindle in that colour. And the grapes look delicious.

  2. Squash ‘Uchi Kuri’ in its brilliant orange skin looks delightful and makes me think of pumpkins in that color. I learned only yesterday that pumpkins and squash are the same thing; that is, they’re in the same family, according to a P. Allen Smith telecast I watched. I should do a little research on my own, however, before I spout off.

  3. Hi Liz, I have been wondering where you were. Lovely six – amazed by the bounty in your garden as usual. A tree Dahlia is almost too fabulous to contemplate!. I hope to hear what the chef did with the squash. My husband is squash phobic, though he eats raw zucchini, I think that is weird. Anyway, Happy Saturday and enjoy your Nerines.

  4. fredgardener says:

    The dahlia imperialis is a truly beautiful shrub and the tall flowers are amazing .
    The hesperantha are really pretty. Here in ly garden, they are purple and yours (pink or white) are very beautiful too. It makes me want to add some others near mine

  5. bcparkison says:

    Running 100 miles is not on my callendar but I must say I am impressed. Your place is looking wonderful. I especially like the look of the grapes since I have never grown any. We do have wild ones out on the place but nothing to write home about.

  6. susurrus says:

    Welcome back! I’ve never heard of tree dahlias before. They look like falling stars from your picture.

  7. Kris P says:

    It’s lovely to see your beautiful garden again. I’ve been tempted by Dahlia imperialis for years. My favorite mail order nursery offers it but warns that it doesn’t appreciate strong winds. That, combined with its water requirements, has effectively ruled it out for me. Sadly, water is also an issue with the Hesperantha/Schizostylis. Actually, water requirements have become the #1 issue with respect to all my garden choices now.

    • Chloris says:

      Hello Kris, lovely to hear from you. Yes, wind is a problem with tree dahlias but they are worth the effort. Here they often bloom just as the frosts start which is a drawback which wouldn’t be a problem for you. Hesperantha would be a problem with a low rainfall.

  8. Beautiful, just beautiful. So many lovely blooms for this time of year. I particularly enjoyed the photos of the Hesperanthas. Just gorgeous!

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Could those grapes be black muscadines? I had been wanting to grow muscadines for quite a while. They are not native here. I found that the golden sorts are known also as scuppernongs, but that the dark ones are only known as muscadines.

    • Chloris says:

      I’m not sure what the grapes are Tony. They are very sweet but they have little pips which I don’t like. I love ‘scuppernongs’ – a great word.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, I could guess. They look sort of like ‘Concord’ also, which are related to muscadines, and contain hard seeds. There are just too many cultivars though. Many that are popular in your region are not available here.

  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Haven’t seen you for such a long time, so it’s lovely you’ve returned with an autumnal six. My favourite is the Uchiki Kuri squash. Such a wonderful colour. Too good to eat on fact!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jane and now I have had another long break as I have been very busy. But it is nice to blog, if only to keep in touch with blogging friends from round the world. Yes, the squash is gorgeous we still haven’t eaten it.

  11. Pauline says:

    Good to have you back, you always have such super plants to show us! Love the colour of the euonymus, so unusual.

  12. Cathy says:

    How lovely to hear from you Chloris – I wondered if you were immersed in an especially large new project, but know only too well that other things and life in general get in the way. Have you been writing for any new audiences recently? I know you have a monthly article, but I am sure there must be a book of sone sort in you…

    I love the shot of your tree dahlias against those interesting skies and just how pretty is Miss Pinkie?! But of course the white hesperantha and your new nerine are delightful too…

    • Chloris says:

      Hello Cathy, there has been quite a lot going on in my life and yes, I have been doing quite a lot of writing. But I have posted today because it is your In a Vase on Monday anniversary and I couldn’t miss that. I adore Miss Pinkie, she looks even better now without leaves. I don’t deserve to enjoy her so much as the seeds were acquired in such a dubious way.

      • Cathy says:

        Your spindle sounds arorable, and I shan’t let on to anyone that the seeds may not have been entirely legally acquired…

  13. Wonderful to see your treasures again. I love the tree dahlia. I’ve been warned off tall plants next year by the chief grass-cutter, so I’ll have to think of somewhere he doesn’t wander so often! Yummy grapes! They are delicious baked, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and served with camembert. 😉

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Alison.I don’t take any notice of my grass cutter’s complaints. He should be grateful that I have got rid of so much grass. But the tree dahlias ard a problem whenit is very windy. But I love them. That sounds a lovely way to eat grapes. I just wish they weren’t so pippy.

  14. It is great to see you back, as I always enjoy seeing all your beautiful flowers. I recently checked your blog in case I had gotten kicked off.

  15. snowbird says:

    So good to see you back. I have missed you and your beautiful garden. That tree Dahlia is simply stunning against that fluffy blue sky. I’ll happily take that grapevine off your hands! Wow, those pumpkins! I’m sure the chef will despatch them satisfactorily for

  16. Chloris says:

    Thank you Dina and I have missed you. I must go over and see what you have been up to. Next year we have a wedding to come to in Liverpool so I hope to be able to pop in and see you. That would be nice after all these years. The squash are still sitting there waiting for the chef to be inspired.

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