🍃Late Autumn And Early Winter Flowers For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Post. #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

Another week goes by and still the garden surprises me with flowers to raise a smile.

November 19th.

We are crossing over from late Autumn to early Winter. The leaves are covering the lawn and need raking, but it is a thankless job. Some leaves I’m saving for compost, but I don’t want all the Sycamore and Ivy seeds and berries, so some of the leaf piles are going into the green recycling.

Winter Jasmine

First photo goes to the Winter Jasmine. I hope that the neighbour’s building work doesn’t destroy the plant’s root system near the shared fence-line.


Second photo goes to my last Cosmos, it looks much healthier than others that I’ve shown you. Perhaps it won’t be the last!


The third photo is of some Stock seedlings which are over-wintering in the greenhouse. The seeds came on the front of a gardening magazine and I have sown some during the Autumn and I will sow the rest in Spring.


My fourth photo is of the Fuchsia which is still flowering and brightening up the boarder.


My fifth photo goes to the very last Sweetpea flower. The plant has been blown over in recent winds, but the flower has valiantly carried on.

Bees in the Mahonia

My final photo is to the Mahonia which is putting on a great show and is attracting the bees that are still around.

November 19th.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening


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🍃Nature’s Wonders. Second Chance Flowers For #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

Sunshine and showers, foggy mornings, warm days and winds. We’ve been having a real mix of weather this week. Out in the garden plants are still flowering, with some putting in a second showing.

October 22nd

First photo goes to this lovely Laurentia which I proudly managed to photo in focus, this has powered through all summer. It is only a half hardy annual, which I would definitely grow again.


My second photo is a lovely ‘smiley’ Cosmos. Smiley because they make me smile rather than any particular variety.


My third photo is of a little cornflower which is still flowering. I do love this blue.


The soft leaved Mahona has more flowers now and the bumblebees are feeding from them.


Fifth photo is of the Hypericum Hidcote (St. John’s Wort) – well I think that’s what it is, it’s one of our inherited plants again, which I don’t know the name of. It had put on a great show until the drought got it and all the flowers seemed to drop overnight. But now it is flowering once more which is lovely to see.

Hypericum Hidcote

Finally, Cupressus ‘Goldcrest Wilma’ a new plant for me and one I was able to choose to review, although how you can review a live plant quickly, I don’t know😉 I said it was a little damaged by delivery, but that it was perking up and would make a good house plant.


Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening


October 22nd

🍂Here Comes October In My English Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Autumn

A storm blew in on Friday afternoon, so I took my pictures in advance of the rainy squall. We will have to wait to see what will be left standing after the wind. My tall sunflower has already lost a few branches.

Saturday October 1st

So let’s jump right in with what was flowering on Friday morning.

My pot of Gazania have flowered on and off for most of the summer which has pleased me. I have once again collected the fluffy seed from them. Last Spring I had a zero germination rate from the previous year’s seed. So when I collected the seed a few weeks ago, I planted a late summer test tray. I have one seedling which I now need to keep alive all through winter.


The yellow rose near my front door has done well, it only gets early morning sun, so it has been in the shade during the drought which has kept it from dying back. I have tried soft wood cuttings, but I’m not convinced they are alive. I shall wait a bit longer before a final decision. It is a lovely rose, less thorny than other varieties.

Yellow Rose

The Salvia are coming back for a second flowering now that the temperatures have cooled and we’ve had a few showers of rain. These ones are a hot pink colour, so much so that they haven’t photographed well.


I have two Mahonia in my garden, this one is the soft leaved variety and flowers earlier than my spiky leaved one.

Soft leaved Mahonia

Fifth photo goes to a single Cosmos from left over seeds that I scattered over the ground. That reminds me, I don’t think I’ve gathered any seeds from them for next year. I shall check my envelopes of seeds to make sure.


My final photo goes to the pot of Sweet Alyssum (Lobolaria) which had an early showing, then died back in the drought, but it is now enjoying a second wind. I have other plants of this variety which came in wild seed packs and their honey scent is scattered throughout the garden.

Sweet Alyssum

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Happy gardening


School Uniform and Intech

If you need to buy school uniform, I see that George at Asda are offering 10% off when you spend £15 or more on-line. Plus free delivery to your local store. Now that’s a bargain and a time saver.

We spent the afternoon at Intech Science Centre at Winchester. (Thanks to tickets that I won from Fleetlife.org.uk) They have several new exhibits that went down well. There is a new active zone “Science of Sport with 12 activities including sprint speed, mind ball, reaction time and design an athlete. We ended the afternoon in the Planetarium watching one of the shows (there are several to choose from), and floating through the cosmos. A good trip out!