First Echeveria Flowers of 2019

I now seem to have amassed a large collection of Echeverias. Echeverias are a genus of plants that are sometimes known as hen and chickens. Unlike the other famous group of plants called Hem and chickens – Sempervivums, Echeveria’s are not monocarpic and the plant does not die after producing chicks and flowering, they just…

Six on Saturday 25th May 2019

Hello and welcome to SOS. Well we have had something we didn’t get the whole of last summer in North Northumberland, rain during the night and sun during the day. Yes actual wet rain and lots of it. It has perked up the garden no end. Unfortunately after a week off I am back in…

What the hell have I bought?

We all know that when you buy something from a garden centre the label sometimes attached to a plant is the wrong one and how frustrating this can be. I bought a Camellia from my local garden centre in March. The label said that the plant was called Eugenia de Motijo The problem is all…

Sempervivums : Spot the Difference

There are many many varieties of Sempervivums. According to some websites there is well over 3000 hybrids and 40 wild varieties. There have been many super breeders of Sempervivums mostly in America, Germany, UK and the rest of Europe. There seems to be no bible when it comes to Sempervivums as the no of varieties…

Six on Saturday 18th May 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS. I have been off this week so gardening has taken central stage. I have not been out in my garden as much as I would like as my Nephew Tom turned 18 so I had to buy him his first pint or 6 from his ever sensible uncle….

Sha Raku En, Japanese Garden, Cowden Castle, Dollar Part 1

A friend (non gardener but I still like him) recommended that I should go to the newly reopened (2016) Sha Raku En, Japanese garden in Cowden near Dollar in Clackmannanshire. Sha Raku En means the Place and Pleasure of delight. The garden was founded by Scottish Explorer Ella Christie In the first decade of the…

Six on Saturday 11th May 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS. As you are probably aware it has been a tad wet this week and it actually rained for a whole 24 hours on Wednesday which was very much welcome as the gardens really needed but by heck it has been cold for May. Thankfully it looks like it…

Six on Saturday Saturday 4th May: I blame John Craven!

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS. Well it looks like if this weekend we are going to have typical bank holiday weather. Showers and a cold Arctic Wind. However I will not be rushing out to put anything undercover as all the weather models I have seen for my area shows there should not…

Six on Saturday 27th April 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday. I am pleased to say we have actually had rain up here. It rained for a while on Thursday and apparently there is more in the way today. After the rain the garden is positively gleaming and sparkling. After the last couple of weeks of indulgence…