Six on Saturday: another month gone


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Nearly, (another month gone).

How can it be the last day of November?  How can we have had so much wet weather? How can Brexit still be on the agenda!

Thankfully our gardens keep quietly changing with the passage of time, seemingly oblivious to the date or political climate, gently reflecting the changes in the weather.

My six to share with you and The Propagator are here, below.


Golden. Molinia Transparent. I absolutely love this grass. The warmth its colour generates is fabulous at this time of the year.


Frosted Foxgloves.

These hopefully will generate a splendid show of white next year. I say hopefully because as a biennial it might be 2021 before they flower and they could be the regular pink version. My fingers are crossed.

3. Calamagrostis brachytricha. Catching the sunlight, holding its distinctive form.


The seed heads of Crocosmia Lucifer are arching over the top of Stipa tenuissima. I like the contrast in texture between the two, almost as much as the fiery red flowers I grow it for.

5. Geese are on the move, please press play.

6. Now the leaves are down it is a good time to start tree work, planting and or pruning. This mornings debris warranted a bonfire.

Wishing you a good weekend wherever you are. D.

Six on Saturday: 16 November


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Good morning. Joining The Propagator with my six on Saturday, sights that caught my eye as I went about my week.

1. Cotinus or Smoke bush is one of my favourite shrubs. This beauty is C ‘Grace’. Holding on to its leaves as late as mid November, glorious colour.

2. Another set of leaves for you

This is Field Maple, Acer campestre. Still in leaf, the foliage has developed a golden yellow. The grey sky does not do this justice but trust me, it’s golden.


More leaves. Earlier in the week my Wordless Wednesday was this glorious sight , Cercis canadensis, Forest Pansy. Sunlight and shades of reds and golds.

4. My house plant

Oxalis triangularis subsp. Papilionacea

I enjoy this plant greatly, for its near black, triangular leaves which open and close in the light and as the name suggests, in so doing it resembles butterflies.

5. Molinia Transparent is perhaps my most favourite grass.

It has golden qualities at this time of year. A transparent screen.

6. Last but not least, November sky. The view outside my gate this morning

Wishing you all a great weekend, wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.

In a vase on Monday: small


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Cathy invited us to join her today, her sixth year as host of in a vase. Well done Cathy.  The criteria today is six inches, tiny!

I started like this with Calamagrostis and miscanthus seed heads and added verbena and Rudbeckia. The light on my desk was ok but not as good as on the hearth of the fireplace.

A bit of shortening and rearranging gave me this to share:

A Japanese micro pot with Miscanthus sinensis, Calamagrostis, Verbena hastata and a single seed head from Rudbeckia lacinata.

Thank you for hosting Cathy. I have no idea how you find the time each Monday. Taking part makes us inspect and enjoy our garden in a different way and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

Thanks for reading and have a good week wherever you are. D.

In a vase on Monday: farewell


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Said the Bishop


dear Rose.

Frost has bitten the garden here. Roses which were still happily flowering have been scarred by the cold.

Dahlias in the ground are now black, finished for 2019. I moved my pot grown dahlia under the shelter of the summer house and saved the Bishop of Auckland for a while longer.

Joining Cathy this Monday. Have a good week wherever you are. D.