Six on Saturday

Hello October! And hello rain and cool temps. This is only the 2nd entry for Six on Saturday but it’ll be the last on this blog as I plan to ‘revive’ The Proud Garden after a year’s absence. The fall season seemed like a good time to try my hand at autumn gardening in a few pots so there – I’ve committed myself and just need to follow through. Now on with half a dozen plants that are doing quite well in this weather.

Tradescantia zebrina (Wandering Jew). Such great hanging plants and so easy to grow. I picked up a small plant in a 5-inch pot back in June and look at it now. When the salesclerk said it would grow like mad, she wasn’t kidding. It’s been doing fine with night-time temperatures of 50°F but I’ll bring it indoors from now on.

This should be a pompom dahlia named Brown Sugar but eh…she forgot her pompoms? It has happened several times before where what’s pictured on the label is not what comes out of the ground. The dark green foliage is something I’ve never seen before in a dahlia so I think…oh, what the heck, I’ll dig it up after the season for next spring’s planting.

Dahlia L.A.T.E., a pale peach/pink pompom with small blooms. I have no idea what the letters stand for but all I know is that’s it better late than never in the flower world.

Amicia zygomeris. So this was a spur-of-the-moment purchase because of the name and the unusual leaves. This winter-hardy plant should take a couple of years to fill out which will give me enough time to find a permanent spot.


Old ‘seedling’ at 7 inches/18 cm tall in a 5-inch/13 cm pot.

Billy Button (the curious case of) or craspedia. What a slow grower. I planted seeds on April 21st, of which only 3 germinated, then ultimately 1 died and the other is a third the size of this one. Not very good odds I’d say. Maybe it’s our northern Italian climate, but I hope to see more than just a healthy seedling come spring.

Last but not least, it’s chestnut season and if I want some, all I need to do is stick my hand out of the fence. Boiled or roasted, the dachshund loves eating them!

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15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

    1. Rowena Post author

      I always grow 3 different ones each year (the 3rd has yet to appear) as it does really well into late autumn here. I dig up the keepers in mid-December or so. Happy gardening to you!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I’ve been snipping a few of those mystery dahlias to dry indoors; curious to see how they turn out. And the amicia, well, it was just so unusual and quirky – my sort of thing!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I remember how much I loved watching my dad garden when I was little. Plants have such a calming effect…no wonder I never did well in big cities.

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      1. Rowena Post author

        You won’t be disappointed. I kept mine in a partially shaded area especially when it was super hot and dry this summer. Watered it occasionally and it did splendidly!

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