Morning and welcome to SOS
Another rubbish week weather wise but the forecast for the next week does look promising. Being oop north things seem to be a couple of weeks behind the south and progress is slow. Work is picking up pace and it looks like I am in for a busy 12 weeks. Needs must I suppose. I am looking forward to finishing work and spending a couple of hours pottering around the garden during the lighter nights with the work phone firmly in the house. It makes you wonder what i did before I took up gardening.
Enjoy this weeks SOS
Ever since I have moved into this flat 17 years ago I have had this one plant with clover like leaves and small vibrant pink flowers that bloom for months. It has always been a favourite of mine but unfortunately I did not know it’s name. Thanks to the power of Facebook (boo, hiss) I have now finally got a name for it and I have just found out it is edible!. I have read it can spread like wildfire but this must be a hybrid as it just comes back in the same place year after year. I have now taking a few rhizomes and planted them in a couple of extra places and these are starting to sprout already. I am told it could be O. debilis or O. crassipes ‘Rosea’ apparently. Will post pictures of the flowers later on this spring. Just had a taste of it and it is as they say very citrusy.
2. Sycamore or Ash seedlings?
In the public area behind me is a couple of trees that distribute winged seeds every autumn. I am no lumberjack but tree is about 7 meter’s tall but does not look like a Sycamore tree. It is not a mature tree by any means and I am a little bit confused what it is TBH. Anyways every spring these seedlings appear and what a wonderful bit of biological wonder they are. The seed seems to explode into life and shoots a root down into the ground. If I can’t find then in the tall privet hedge within a couple of months they are about a meter high with no real off shoots just a trunk and it takes a bit if a heavy tug to get rid of them. Any help in identifying the tree would be appreciated. I don’t begrudge the tree just wish it would be more thoughtful 🙂
3. Sedum Cauticola
Sedum Cauticola I bought this in February and after a healthy few weeks of growth it has become a bit stagnant. Hopefully the sunny weather will kick it back into life.
4. Sedum Nursery
As we all know the vast majority of Sedums are easy to grow. I find myself most nights walking around the garden and nipping a piece of Sedum stalk off and either planting it direct into the ground or into a Sedum nursery. Sedums do like a;; sorts of soli type and tend to like “unloved” soil but my nursery consists of mainly all purpose compost and it seems to give them a boost and it only takes a month before each shoot has a substantial root ball. In the pictures you can clearly see Sedum Rupreste Angelina. Other types are difficult to make out…
5. Sweet Peas doing well
It’s my first time growing sweet peas. I planted them into the garden riskily last October and after the interesting cold weather we have had last year I am pleased to say they are doing well. Looking forward to harvesting the flowers.
6. Unnatural garish colours
Most of us do it. Those of us that have not got room for a decent greenhouse and need a bit of instant colour in their garden. We go to the garden centre and are brainwashed by the rows upon rows of healthy plug plants. The trouble is I don’t know what to make of them. Sure they add a bit of bling but you realise they don’t attract wildlife as much as more natural plants. I will probably still carry on with tint of guilt but sometimes needs must.
That’s my SOS. The sun is out and i am off into the garden.
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