Six on Saturday – Foliage in Winter

05 Jan

Inspired by a couple of blogging pals, I have decided to join in on Six on Saturday.which looks like fun, especially for those of us who love our gardens.  My six are all foliage in our garden today, some especially for Piglet in Portugal as they are relevant to her post  where she talks about Agapanthus.

1. We grown most of ours in pots as we read that they like crowded roots but the ones in the ground do well too. They grow in profusion all around Cornwall but not as wildly as in South Africa.

Agapanthus with one left-over flower head

2  Piglet was also asking about hedges. We have two of Pittosporum Tenufolium – in the back, a lovely light hedge of the variegated version. I love the speckle effect and the pink/cream borders to the crinkly leaves. It has tiny red/brown flowers too in late Spring/ early Summer but they are so small they are easily missed. You can see a flower here taken in 2016.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium variegatum

3. Mixed in with this we have a few of the ordinary green one.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium

4. In the front garden, behind the Himalayan Birch, we grow the Tom Thumb version which has the same delightful wavy leaves but they are dark purple and come from black stems – very dramatic. The light has made it look quite pink. It is much darker than it appears here.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb

5. One of the Clematis that grows up the trellis has turned a glorious bronze colour not unlike Copper Beech.


6. The last in today’s six is in my shade garden along with lots of ferns. Sadly, I have lost the label and forgotten its name……..

Can anyone help me remember the name of this one?


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17 responses to “Six on Saturday – Foliage in Winter

  1. commonprose

    January 9, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Nice to see what’s happening in your garden now.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Watch out for this Six on Saturday lark! It should give you weekly updates if I keep up with it! 🙂

  2. cavershamjj

    January 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    that clematis “hedge” looks great! i tidied up some of my wayward clematis the other day, it was in the way of pruning some wisteria. i’ll do a proper prune of the clems next month. welcome to the SoS family – fair warning, it’s addictive!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      I can feel the addiction already! 🙂

  3. janesmudgeegarden

    January 5, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Welcome to SoS. I have some plain green Pittosporum in a hedge but have found they have a tendency to die off in spots. Maybe it’s too hot for them. I very much like your Tom Thumb one- lovely colour.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 6, 2019 at 8:12 am

      It is my favourite too. The others can get leggy if they aren’t cut back properly. Parts of ours are a bit like that but overall they are very effective. Where are you that it might be too hot? 🙂

      • janesmudgeegarden

        January 6, 2019 at 8:35 am

        I’m in inland NSW Australia. With climate change we’re having hotter and hotter weather and since Boxing Day, every day has been 6-8 degrees Celsius above average. I’m talking 35 to 38 degrees. Not very pleasant.

        • mybeautfulthings

          January 6, 2019 at 10:56 am

          Oh, my goodness! That is quite a rise. We are so far, having a rather ‘warm’ winter, 12C much of the time though it cooled yesterday to 5C. I look forward to hearing how the gardeners in the Six on Saturday garden all over the world. 🙂

  4. Piglet in Portugal

    January 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Olá, I am so glad you decided to join SoS. I love catching up on the blogs Sat evening with a glass of wine and a notepad. It’s surprising how may tips you can pick up.

    I love the look of the purple Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb and have made a note to see if I can track one down in the ALgarve. I know I’ve seen them here… somewhere…but where? HaHA… and I can’t ring and ask because my Portuguese is not good enough 🙁

    After seeing how healthy your Ags are in pots, I am glad I made the decision to dig mine up.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Me too! Already picked up some tips! One of my comments though expresses horror at Agapanthus being in a pot. You might like to go back and read what he says before you make your final decision. 🙂

  5. Jim Stephens

    January 5, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Dick Fulcher, who used to hold the National Collection of Agapanthus in North Devon, would go apoplectic at the idea that Agapanthus like being pot-bound. I don’t remember his advice about what you should do with them, I will never forget the lecture on what you shouldn’t. I grow all mine in the ground, they’re fine until they get shaded.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm

      Interesting! I’d love to see the National Collection. I shall have to track it down as I am in Cornwall so not so far away. 🙂

  6. CadyLuck Leedy

    January 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Yes, I have on like this and it is the Spider’s Web Fatsia. It is in my Woodland Garden in the Fern Preserve!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you! I knew someone would know what it is. 🙂

  7. Heyjude

    January 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    How big is that last one Sally? It looks rather like a Fatsia Japonica leaf – maybe the Spider’s Web variegated type? Which is a shrub/small tree.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      I think you are right. It is about 7/8″ across. 🙂

  8. ksbeth

    January 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm



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