Welcome to this weeks SOS. Been a busy week at work this week so garden action has been limited but as always with this time of year there is always new things in the garden bursting through. We had 3 days of constant rain at the beginning of the week but the garden seems to have taken it in it’s stride. I have been working in the Garden today and have been potting some Pelargonias and Dahlia’s and making full use of the new potting bench.
I have also been planning my shed move which I will be doing the last week of April when I am on holiday for a week During that week I will also be visiting the RBGE gardens at Benmore near Dunoon and the Dawyck Botanical gardens new Peebles. No doubt 1 or 2 plants will be purchased then.
Enjoy this weeks 6 and as always thanks for reading
1 Potting bench in full use
I am that pleased with my potting bench I had to put another photo of my new potting bench again. I have been using it the full. mist of the pots include cuttings of Sedums and a few small Dahlia tubers. I found the Libby’s corned beef wooden box in an Antiques/Thrift shop a couple of weeks ago. My home town seems to be getting gentrified a bit since we voted s Conservative MP and there are lots of antique shops springing up which is not a bad thing but sort of goes against my non practising working class socialist beliefs.
2. Sedum Purperum
This is sedum plant is one of the best performing plants I have got at the moment just keeps growing. By the looks of it this is going to be one of the best specimens I have this year.
3. Saxifraga Wilfred Bevington
isn’t nature wonderful and as they say small is beautiful. I have not got the biggest garden so I have a lot of Alpines in pots. This is in a half terracotta pot and it is thriving. The colours are so vibrant and vivid as are many colours this time of the year. Looking forward to see it flower.
4. Lavender plot
I bought 18 plug plant lavenders from J Parkers this year. I know J Parkers have mixed reviews but you pay what you get for with them. I am going to bring these on to the middle of May and plant them in front of my “Alpine Shelf” pretty compact, There are 2 varieties Fathead, Kew Red and Papillion. I think the Bees are going to have a good summer.
Always had a soft spot for Pelargoniums to thought I would have a go at growing them this year. As I am taking it seriously I have bought 3 varieties from one of the premier Pelargonium nurseries Fibrex https://www.fibrex.co.uk/. I have bought 3 varieties Cherry Orchard, Lord Bute and Old Spice. I received the parcel this morning and was delighted to see that 95% of the packaging was biodegradable. I have like everyone else become plastic aware this year after Blue Planet. It saddens me to see row after row of plastic when you go into garden centres. I have a particular problem with the way compost, mulch and gravel are packed. You not only see them in Garden Centres but outside Supermarkets by the pallet load. It is time that they come up with a more environmentally solution and the sooner the better.
6. Daffodil down
Some of the daffs took a bit of a battering this week with the rain but it is good to see that soon a couple of Sedums will be taking this place. In this picture we have Sedum Autumn Joy and Sedum Red Cauli, There is also some St Johns Wort in the left corner. I donlt know what to think of St Johns Wort as a plant TBH. It was pretty drab last year so it must do much do better.
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