- Josh Egan-Wyer

A few pics from early Oct 2018

by Josh Egan-Wyer

A few snaps from early October, where the autumn seemed to be early and quick but has slowed down again now, leaving some trees bare and others just beginning their journey in to winter.

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Symphyotrichum laeve 'Arcturus' (seedling from)

Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Arcturus’ (seedling from)

This sport of A. ‘Arcturus’ is a great one, with really dark stems, a good upright habit and one that quickly clumps up too. The Hardy Perennial Society ladies that volunteer in the garden where it was found rave about it, and give us bits and pieces off it to spread around the college.

Pyrus 'Black Worcester'

Pyrus ‘Black Worcester’

It always surprises me that this fruiting tree was selected for its fruit and not its autumn leaf colour. It always amazes me just how attractive it is. Some might say however, that it may well have been selected for its leaf colour over their fruit if you’ve ever tried eating one fresh from the tree.

Cotinus 'Grace'

Cotinus ‘Grace’

These flower heads on Cotinus this month really caught my eye. I suppose I’m always looking out for autumn colour at this time of year but seeing as they’re not quite at the autumn turning point yet these were really noticeable. I think they’re a bit like a pink, fluffy Macleya flower?

Rosa 'Geranium' (moyesii)

Rosa ‘Geranium’ (moyesii)

I’ve finally found a supplier of this who seems to be able to grow it a bit more successfully than we do so I’ll be ordering in bare root plants this year. The large orange hips always put on a good show, but it’s a shame they usually look their best once the foliage starts to turn yellow. The single, red flowers in summer are also a treat.

Achillea 'Lachsschönheit' (Galaxy Series)

Achillea ‘Lachsschönheit’ (Galaxy Series)

I am quite a fan of Achillea, although haven’t seen a new one for a while that couldn’t be mistaken for another. Lachsschönheit, or Salmon Beauty as it’s also known, is very nice though, and for us in Worcestershire at least seems to be reliably perennial. We’ve lost ‘Walter Funcke’ after a year or two but this has been in the grounds for a number of years.

Crataegus laciniata?

Crataegus laciniata?

How doesn’t love a good haw? These on this particular tree never fail to impress and despite the really windy position it’s planted in it never looks fussed. Really nice glaucous leaves with a heavy cut shape to them.

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