It’s Saturday; Time to Look Back on the Week!

Waterford, south-east Ireland, 7th November 2020

There was one of those windows of opportunities yesterday afternoon and I took full advantage of it. Up to recently, days of heavy rain had been commonplace and the ground had become more and more saturated and softer. We have had dry days all this week and the ground had dried sufficiently to run the lawnmower. It was not that the grass had put on a late autumn growth spurt but that it was practically covered in fallen leaves and using the lawnmower as a leaf vacuum is far less work than raking. We have had three nights of frost this week, and bright cool days, and an hour and a half on the lawnmower was a chilling way to spend the afternoon. I console myself that it was a good clear-up without too much work and, as it was probably the last cut of the grass for this year, leaves it in good condition for the winter.

Elsewhere, other routine work continued: Mary has potted up tulips during the week and has spent ages clearing fallen leaves from rockeries, a tedious finicky job which has left them looking perfectly clean and tidy and ready for spring bulbs, some of which have already sent up shoots. I have been painting more garden seats in the shelter of the garage and further coats will be needed. It may seem a little early, but I have started cutting the foliage from hellebores – a job normally done at the end of December but the foliage had collapsed in the last few weeks, probably a result of heavy rain and strong winds, so I decided to get on with the job. It is as well to get ahead while the weather is suitable as there is much more to be done – it will all make good compost material!

On a number of occasions during the week, when I saw something which looked well in the garden, I took the easy and lazy option of using the ‘phone camera and was disappointed with the results, deleted them, and had to watch for another good occasion to take the same photograph using a camera. The results were far better, I think, and I hope you enjoy this week’s resulting photographs.

For each group of photographs, click on the first to start a slideshow:

Quite unexpectedly, this brugmansia has put out a big display of flowers so very late in the season:

Yucca filamentosa is another late performer, coming into flower gradually over the last few weeks and producing an impressive flower spike:

Acer ‘Koto-no-ito’ was planted when our first granddaughter was born and its finely-cut foliage turns a beautiful colour in autumn:

Cornus kousa ‘Norman Hadden’ gave an outstanding display of flowers earlier in the year and has an excellent crop of fruit at present. By all accounts, it is edible but not especially tasty:

Acer ‘Senkaki’ is a favourite of mine. It has an elegant, open and upright habit. The foliage turns a buttery yellow in autumn and the new growth of this past year will be a beautiful red over the winter.

Finally, some views around the garden this week:

I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator” on his blog site. To read more contributors to the Six on Saturday theme go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read

35 thoughts on “It’s Saturday; Time to Look Back on the Week!

  1. Here too, the yucca is in bloom… Your photos are very pretty and very successful 👍🏻. I’m not talking about the brugs… because the colours are really amazing. I love that colour! 😍 Mine are white or light pink, I should try with reds.
    I didn’t have any fruit for the Cornus Kousa this summer, weird because it bloomed more than last year. The birds?

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    1. There is a brugmansia that I’ve seen in gardens in Italy – Grand Marinier, I think – like the drink! – and it is fabulously beautiful. I think it is considered too tender for our climate, which is a pity. Cornus fruit – unfavourable conditions at flowering time?

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    1. I love the flowers – white to being tinged with pink/red, graduating to all red, a great length of flowering and change of colour over that period. I believe the fruit is referred to as Chinese strawberries but they are tasteless things.

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    1. All credit for the brugmansia is with Mary as it is “her” plant – a gift from a friend, a cutting. Another dry day here today and more leaf-raking and mowing/collecting of grass and leaves. Good to be able to get out.

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    1. The brugmansia came as a cutting from a friend and we really should try a few cuttings ourselves but haven’t come round to doing so. Yes, ‘Senkaki’ is an excellent one.

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  2. Beautiful photos as always. My Yucca is flowering but I have 360° of bad backgrounds, my only hope is to lie on the ground and take it against the sky. How do you get your gallery/slideshows? Is it a WordPress block?

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    1. Not very big yet – and I’ll have to do some overhead pruning to allow it stretch in time – but it is an attractive leaf and colours well.

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    1. The camera is an old model at this stage. I treated myself to it when I retired so it is with me 10 years. It is a Nikon D200. I’d like to upgrade but am inclined to wait until this one gives up the ghost before moving on to the next model.

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      1. Am thinking of upgrading from my phone, Christmas is coming. Getting my head round megapixels and crop sensor vs full frame. I read that for close up plant and wildlife pics a crop sensor might be better, and 20MP should fine (if that makes any sense).

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      2. And I am constantly frustrated by being unable to view what I am shooting in the screen and all too often seeing this stupid old man looking at me there.

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      3. I’ll stick with my old camera which works well for me. I don’t think Christmas will bring me a new camera this year. It is something I am putting on the long finger until it is necessary more than desired. I’d rather feel the present camera has come completely to the end of its days first before spending so big again.

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  3. Glorious Paddy as always. I’m so jealous of the Brugmansia sanguinea. Mine looks like flowering size but so far remains without a bloom. Maybe next year. I’m intrigued by your use of the word rockeries. How many do you have? Would love to see them one week…

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    1. The brugmansia makes a huge amount of growth during the year and flowers at the end of the summer. They are spectacular flowers! Rockeries – one rockery and two raised beds, to be more precise.

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