Six on Saturday. 20.11.21.

We have had a beautiful, extended autumn here with hardly any frost and the wonderful colours hanging on for weeks. Koelreuteria paniculata ‘Coral Sun’ in the background to the right is living up to its name, but the liquidamber has barely started its annual bonfire of colours.

So I will be seasonal and start my six with some bright berries. The brightest is of course, Callicarpa bodinieri with its profusion of long lasting, shiny amethyst- coloured berries.

Callicarpa bodinieri

Callicarpa is a bit boring when it is not bearing its astonishing berries, but my next berry bush, Clerodendron trichotomum var. Fargesii has fragrant starry flowers in summer. This shrub comes from China and I am not sure if I like the strong scent of the flowers, but I love its jolly turquoise blue berries which are revealed when the scarlet calyces split open. Actually, to be pedantic, I think we should call these berries drupes. But whatever they are called, they are very eye-catching.

Clerodendron trichotomum var. Fargesii

I have already given my Euonymus hamiltonianus ‘Miss Pinkie’ an airing on this blog but she is still looking very pretty in pink, specially now the leaves have fallen off. She looks lovely against the silvery leaves of Cistus creticus which started its life here as a cutting; an illegal immigrant from Crete. As ‘Miss Pinkie’ was born from a found berry, I should call this corner of the garden ‘Crook’s Corner’ .

Euonymus hamiltonianus ‘Miss Pinkie’

As I have several other November beauties to share today I shall bend the rules a bit and put all three berries into number one. Frost is threatened for next week so perhaps we should celebrate some hangers on from summer. Salvias are still going strong all round the garden and there are plenty of roses. Farrer called roses that hang on into winter ‘withered moths‘ but nobody could call the wonderful China roses that are barely out of bloom ‘withered moths’ . I think flights of butterflies would be more appropriate. I have two China roses, both of them with beautiful single flowers. It is difficult to choose a favourite, but the superb ‘Bengal Beauty’ has masses of red flowers which right now look lovely in front of the fiery autumn colours of Cotinus coggyria. Unfortunately, today is a dull day so that it doesn’t shine as it did yesterday.

Rosa x odorata ‘Bengal Beauty”
Rosa x odorata ‘Bengal Beauty’

For some reason that I don’t understand, roses that I always knew as Rosa chinensis now seem to be known as Rosa x odorata so I must have missed something. The next one is called ‘Mutabilis’ which is a good name as the colour of the flowers range from honey-yellow to apricot to pink.

Rosa x odorata ‘Mutabilis’

I grow several alstroemerias and most of them are long gone. But my favourite seems to pump out flowers until the first frost. It is called Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’; it has dark foliage and flowers which are lovely sunset colours. This makes an excellent cut flower, so next year I shall get some more, a bed of them would be lovely.

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’

November is a bit niggardly when it comes to flowering shrubs, but you can always depend on the yellow racemes of Mahonia x media ‘Charity’. I love the shrub for its architectural, shiny foliage and abundance of fragrant flowers which lighten up the gloomiest day. It needs to have a haircut in the spring after flowering to keep it compact, otherwise it can get a bit leggy.

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

For my last two plants I am going into the greenhouse. People are always surprised to see snowdrops in the autumn, but there are several which bloom in October and December and they are always welcome. My October one, Galanthus reginae-olgae has been and gone and my November-blooming Galanthus ‘Barnes’ was looking lovely a few days ago with nice plump flowers but it has been eaten by some horrible gastropod. But in the greenhouse I have a pot of dainty Galanthus peshmenii looking lovely. This snowdrop comes from the Aegean and our winters are probably too wet for it to survive outside.

Galanthus peshmenii

Also still going strong in the greenhouse, I have the climbing Mimulus aurantiacus I think this plant comes from California, it blooms for months on end and I love its little monkey faces. It has sticky leaves and used to be called Mimulus glutinosus. Trying to keep up with these name changes is a full time job.

Mimulus aurantiacus

So there we have my Six on Saturday on this gloomy November day. I know there are probably nine in fact, but I never was any good at counting. Do go over to the Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday and you will find plenty of keen gardeners who have plenty to show us even though our gardens are winding down for the winter.

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29 Responses to Six on Saturday. 20.11.21.

  1. Amazing for so late in the season. Alstroemeria is a favorite here too and so easy to grow, but I rarely see it in gardens. Weather is predicted to dip to 25 F this coming week, brrrr.

  2. fredgardener says:

    Nice choice ! How tall is the Clerodendron trichotomum ? how do you overwinter it?

  3. I’m glad you’ve forgotten how to count! This is a charming collection, including Snowdrops in November. Only in England . . . .

  4. Kris P says:

    I love the berries. Your photos of the Clerodendrum sent me to my garden guide (for the western US) to see if it was a fit for my climate and, surprisingly, it is, although its mature size is probably bigger than my garden will support. You’re one of several gardeners showing Mahonia ‘Charity’ in bloom – my plant seems to operate on an entirely different schedule as I see no sign of flowers on the horizon as yet.

  5. Wonderful berries, the Calliocarpa and Clerodendrum are new to me. I did not realize there were non tropical Clerodendrums. Love the R. mutablis. an old favorite.

  6. These are beautiful plants, beautiful blooms, and beautiful photos. I’m glad you’re having an extended warm season.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Sticky monkey flower is now known as Diplacus aurantiacus. I have no idea why. I still know it as Mimulus aurantiacus, or simply ‘Mimulus’, since it is the most prominent Mimulus here. It grows wild here, but because individual plants do not last long, we do not intentionally add it to landscapes. besides, it can look a bit unrefined at times. Some plants can last for many years. Some last only a few years.

  8. Cathy says:

    I love all your November bright spots, Chloris, especially the pinks! Can you actually move in your greenhouse?! I am sure there can be no cat-swinging going on!

  9. Flowers in november are definitely amazing, but I must admit that I prefer fruits and berries and the Clerodendron is nothing short of astonishing.
    Lisbeth

  10. I didn’t get chance to comment on your blog the first time I read it and I thought it was someone else’s in another part of the world. It all makes sense now. You have so many interesting autumn plants and shrub that make a nice transition from summer.

  11. How wonderful to have so many interesting things to choose from at this time of the year. The Rosa Mutabilis is very pretty indeed.

  12. Really colourful Six. Thanks for sharing. Might have to try the Mimulus in my glasshouse next year

  13. snowbird says:

    What beauties you have so late in the year. Loving the beauty berries and drupes. Wonderful China roses too and how delightful to have snowdrops in the greenhouse. I too am pleased that you can’t count.xxx

  14. Chloris says:

    Thank you Dina. There has been a lot to enjoy this autumn and so many beautiful, sunny days.

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