Six on Saturday – 24SEP2022 – Garden Hello’s and Goodbye’s

We’ve been waking up to chilly temps the past few days, plus three or four Celsius (37 – 40 Fahrenheit?) with highs in the upper teens only, but the sunshine has been glorious and frost warnings have stayed north of us. With rain and seasonal temperatures expected starting tomorrow fall is starting out pretty nicely! I need to get a last longish run in this morning ahead of next weekend’s County Half Marathon, plus the Ameliasburgh Fair starts in a few hours, so this is a quickie Six, featuring what may be the last new arrivals to the garden this year plus a sad good-bye in the kitchen garden. Be sure to visit The Propagator to see Six things happening in gardens all over the world.

Japanese Anemone have started. The flower stalks are shorter than usual, likely due to our drier than usual summer.
The last of the fall Asters – this short-ish white one is always my favourite. The flowers are jam packed onto the stems, and attract a myriad of pollinators. This species is not nearly as aggressive as other white Asters to be found and it’s such a treat to stumble across them.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum) are making their usual fall resurgence.
Although lots of folks had fabulous tomato harvests this year, those of us with a more precarious water supply weren’t that fortunate. Mine never looked that great – one heirloom variety had blossom end rot all summer, the cherries were splitting almost before they started to turn colour, other varieties just never got going right. Here’s a San Marzano, kinda ready to be picked…
This is a native Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) I started from seed a few years ago. Late last winter it was a food source for rabbits, which left nothing but a few inches of twigs sticking out of the ground. I thought it was a goner. But here it is now, just over three feet (a metre) high. Chicken wire wrapping as rabbit protection is called for in a few weeks, I think!

Finally, in my garden, it wouldn’t be autumn with autumn Crocus. Colchicum flowers appear like magic mid to late September. I’ve planted them in many spots throughout the gardens and it’s a joy to re-discover them every year. Have a great weekend everyone!

18 Comments

  1. Pawpaw looks . . . well, I don’t know, perhaps like a small cherimoya? Not only are they not native here, but I had never seen them until I purchased seed online and grew them into small seedlings. At the time, I had plans for them, but they are still canned now. I preferred seed grown trees rather than a cultivar, but could try a cultivar if the seedlings perform well here. They appeal to me because they are native to North America. The cherimoya is nice also, even if it prefers a more tropical climate.

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      1. Fruits are heavy? Yes, I suppose they would be, but so are apples and pears. Paw paw trunks seem to be quite sturdy, so I suspect that their branch structure would be also. I do not know because I have only seen a few very young trees. Does it seem to you that the trunks flare out at the base, like a Mexican fan palm? That seems to be a common feature of them, even as seedlings.

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      2. I really want to get mine into the ground, but the garden is not ready for them, and will not be soon. I may put them somewhere else, and then get copies for the garden later. I would not mind letting them grow as understory trees near the forest, like they grow in the wild there, although they would want a bit more water here.

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  2. The autumn crocus must be a nice surprise. 😃 Same weather here, with the threat of a frost over for the time being and damp setting in. But I still have a few asters to flower. That whit one is really gorgeous. Any idea of the name/sort? And now I must go and look up what pawpaw fruit look like. 😃

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  3. I always laugh when I come across the native pawpaw. When I lived in Liberia, the people there called their papayas ‘pawpaw’ and that’s the fruit I always associate first with the word.

    As for snapdragons, it won’t be long until the landscapers around here begin putting them into beds around town. They’re one of our dependable winter flowers!

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