Good morning and welcome to this weeks SOS.
I have been on holiday this week so popped up to Argyll and Bute for a few days. I went on a bit of a bus men’s holiday and visited 4 gardens when I was up there. All individual in their own ways and all fantastic gardens. I went to Benmore Gardens nr Dunoon, Linn Botanic Gardens nr Helensburgh, Geliston Gardens nr Dumbarton and the exceptional Branklyn Gardens in Perth.
I have managed a whole day in the garden yesterday and had a great day pottering about and hosing down the patio. Indeed this is the third time I have had to get the hose out as we seem to be going through a bit of a drought up here on the NE coast of England. It rained every day when I was on Argyll and I understand there has been a bit of precipitation darn Sarf but up here we have went from on extreme to the other. The 10’day forecast is saying it is going to be dry.
Here is my Six
At last I have some Tulip action! Top photo is Carnival de Rio (Rio Carnival), middle Ronaldo and Winnipeg on the bottom. I have already pre ordered my Tulips next year and 2019 is going to be a colourful one.
A garden staple and so easy to overlook, but at this time of the year it gives an abundance of colour this time of the year I quite like this photo as it shows it battling with a Sedum Blue Cushion. These are in my mini gravel garden which is really starting to take shape.
3. Lewisia Cotyledon
Lewisias are one of my favourite plants and when I saw this on sale at a garden centre recently I just had to buy it. Flowers for a long time and does not dissapoint. Succulent leaves and a prolific flowerer I plant it in 60% compost and 40% grit. Hopefully it shout come back next year.
4. Spirea Fire light.
Comes back every year with bright yellow, green, and red leaves. Flowers are a little bit disappointing but it adds a great splash of colour to the garden. It pains me for saying but until recently I did not know what it was called until recently,
5. Potting bench in full use
The potting bench is coming into it’s own and it is an excellent addition to the garden. Makes a perfect place to put some of my tender Sedums. On the middle shelf is Sedum Sandrah Mottran, Sedum Clavatum, Sedum Crocodile and Sedum Furfuraceum (Bonsai Sedum. On the top shelf is aim Lavender plugs and my Orastachys (Dunces cap) is in the pot on the right.
6. Dwarf Rhododendrons
After touring the gardens of Scotland last week I was amazed at the different colours and varieties of Rhododendrons in the garden. They really are a gorgeous tree/shrub and at this time of year a good source of pollen of the pollinators. The 2 varieties shown here are Snipe in the top picture and Patty Bee in the bottom picture. At the moment all my Rhododendrons are grown in pots.
The weather forecast is cold but dry for the rest of the weekend so no doubt I will be back in the garden plotting my shed move. My hanging basket plants should be arriving next week so that should keep me quiet next week.
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