Sorry, I’m a little late on parade. I would love to say I had a pressing engagement, possibly top secret, which prevented me posting yesterday. The truth is, however, other mundane stuff got in the way and the day slipped by on a banana skin. Still I am here now and The Propagator, who manages the Six on Saturday Team, is very forgiving. Hopefully.
My first contestant this week is Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’. This variegated Japanese grass has a wonderful lax habit and its golden striped leaves are a joy. As autumn proceeds red tinges are beginning to appear in its foliage. It has just begun to flower, these are not showy plumes, but dainty has its place in my garden too!
The next contender is Phyllostachys nigra otherwise known as the black bamboo. This was very fashionable (and we all know how much a follower of fashion I am) in the same decade as the ra ra skirt. Luckily for the great British public, I only embraced one trend. Unfortunately it is confined to a pot where it struggles on, giving me a dirty look each time I pass by.
Eventually the Salvia atrocyanea has come into flower. And I mean flower, singular. Just the one. Next year Rodders, we will be millionaires.
And now for teacher’s pet, Paraserianthes lophantha, formally Albizia lophantha. I have grown this fast growing tree from South Western Australia before. Unfortunately it succumbed one especially chilly winter and I have mourned its passing ever since. I sowed seed earlier this year and this one plant is the result. Now all I have to do is get it through the winter!
Next a fragrant one, a lavender coloured heliotrope, Heliotropium arborescens ‘Chatsworth’. The bloom is looking a little weather-beaten, the leaves yellowing, but still the perfume is delicious.
Lastly we have the small but perfectly formed Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’. I bought this last year at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset, wooed by both the manageable size and its funky name. The shrub might be miniature but the flower certainly isn’t.
So that is it for another week. Better late than never. Thanks Mr P! Will set my alarm clock for next week.