Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Flowers and Fruit in October

 The michaelmas daisies are in bloom all over the garden.  The bees love them, although, I did not catch any bees on this bunch of flowers.
 I zoomed in on these cyclamen blossoms to make a selective focus on the flower in the middle of the circle of blooms. 
 this is more of the cyclamens.  I know that I planted a bulb or two here in the woodland, some years ago.  But they seem to be spreading nicely.  I also see some coming up in the back woodland area and one is now in bloom.  Very pretty for ground cover in the woodland. 
 This photo is from the 5th of October.  We have had an abundant crop of figs this year.  Although we were away during most of the summer and part of September, the fig tree seemed to get enough water to produce this 65 figs and there are still lots on the tree that are ripening.  The leaves are turning yellow and falling off, but as long as we get sunshine the fruit keeps on ripening.  The squirrel has been eating a few and leaving half eaten fruit behind. 
 I found this welsh poppy from some time ago and processed it for upload to a new community on Megashot.  These lovely little poppies self seed in the woodland and now in the moss garden also.  They are not in bloom now.
The david with Irish heather and michaelmas daisies in front and smoke bush in its autumn dress in the back.

We have been having some spectacular Autumn weather.  I cut back the buddlia bush today, so that I could get a photo of the mock orange shrub (Philadelphus) that is in full bloom now with a heady fragrance.  The woodland area seems to suit this plant very well.  In looking up the plant I find that it blooms in early spring and is deciduous.  Well, I do believe mine is ever green, and it certainly is in full bloom right now.  So my mock orange might be Philadelphus mexicanus 'Double Flowering' (Evergreen Double Flowering Mock Orange), but it is not double. I found this bit of information helpful:
" This is a climbing evergreen shrub that can clamber to 15-20 feet. If used as a groundcover the shrub will reach 3-5 feet tall and spread 15 feet. Very fragrant (they smell like Tuberose!) creamy double white flowers bloom in the late spring to summer and sometimes again in the fall. Plant in sun or part shade with regular watering in a relatively well-drained soil. It is hardy to at least 22° F. We long grew the single white Philadelphus mexicanus but this double white flowering form came to us in 1993 from the grassman John Greenlee. It had been planted in his Pomona garden by the late Dennis Shaw, an amazing landscape designer who worked at Marshall Olbrich and Lester Hawkins' legendary Western Hills Nursery. We have retained the descriptive name 'Double Flowering' for this plant but note that it is likely the same as the plant that we have more recently seen being offered as Philadelphus mexicanus 'Flore Plena'. Philadelphus mexicanus grows in the wild in Central and Southern Mexico and Guatemala. Long placed in the family Saxifragaceae, the genus is now considered to be in the Hydrangeaceae. The name Philadelphus was given to the genus in 1735 by Linneas in honour of Ptolemy Philadelphusm King of Egypt from 283 to 247 BC who was a patron of literature, science and art.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Philadelphus mexicanus 'Dbl Flowering'."
photos to follow.

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