Six on Saturday: 10-6-2017

One. A cone from my beautiful Pinus parviflora ‘San Bo’ that I cut down yesterday. A close up lens and photo stacking creates an opportunity to look closely at something I usually walk past with barely a glance.

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Pinus parviflora ‘San Bo’

 

Two. You can pretty much work out from this picture that you are facing north. Prevailing wind from the west, to the left of shot, blowing Astelia chathamica, Leptospermum rupestre and foxglove into a windswept, bad hair day composition.

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Leptospermum rupestre, Astelia chathamica, Digitalis purpurea.

 

Three. Just out of shot in the picture above is the plant below, which is Geranium ‘Nimbus’. There are so many blue to purple-blue geraniums, I like this because of its fine foliage as much as its flowers, which have never been prolific, if truth be told.

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Geranium ‘Nimbus’

 

Four. Also in the blue part of the spectrum in this garden, are hydrangeas. This one is Hydrangea serrate ‘Cap Suzin’, which is usually a clear blue but this year more mauve. The serrate varieties are generally a bit smaller and less coarse than macrophyllas, which suits me.

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Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Suzin’

 

Five. Stipa gigantea is at its superb best when it’s catching late afternoon sun set against a dark, shady background. It’s morning and it’s raining and it still looks pretty good.

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Stipa gigantea

 

Six and last. This little bush, it’s about 75cm tall, is Ozothamnus hookeri. At least I’m pretty certain it is, meaning that almost all of what is sold as Ozothamnus hookeri is something else, probably a hybrid. This is in full flower, strongly honey scented.

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Ozothamnus hookeri

 

Check out other Saturday sixes from The Propagators blog.

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