Six on Saturday 19th May 2018

Well it’s been an eventful week. After 7 years I have decided to step down from a technical service engineer back to a bog standard field service engineer. My stress levels have been through the roof over the last couple of years so I have finally had enough and have decided to take a back seat – like Amber Rudd on the back benches at the House of Commons! This means I will get to spend more time inthe garden and indeed I have started writing this weeks blog on garden leave.

The garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment. The last of the Tulips are holding on and there is couple of Alliums flowering. I have made a mental note to plant more Alliums for next year. As a stepping back party I went back to Edron Nurseries yesterday and bought a few more Alpines.

It finally looks like the big shed move should happen this weekend and this will give me a couple of extra beds to plant in the Autumn. So that’s something to look forward to.

Her is my SOS enjoy.

1. Dahlia leaves turning yellow.

Any help would be appreciated. Some of my Dahlia leaves are turning yellow. I have read a few articles on the inter web and as you would suspect there is a lot of babble on them. The only thing I have tried so far is to put some Epsom Salts on them. Tonight I am going to give them a deep soaking with some rain water and added tomato fertiliser. I don’t think it is terminal just annoying.

2. Small gravel garden

My mini gravel garden is really coming into it’s own and I couldn’t be much happier. It fascinates me how a small piece of earth that looked barren 12 weeks ago can look so different. Here is a couple of pictures of it beginning of March

3. Hydrangea

Another before and after picture. Though I had killed this Hydrangea when I move it on February but pleased to say after a good feed and mulch it s going from strength to strength. Hopefully it will flower this year.

4. Sempervivum Rotund

A big glossy Sempervivum with plenty of clout. Babies are starting to appear and it seems to be thriving on the garden. All the Sempervivum I have planted this year seem to be going well. A great success so far.

4. Bastard Balm

Yes you heard right! I bought this at Edrom Nurseries . Mellitis melissophyllum Royal Velvet Distinction or it’s common name Bastard Balm is s native to the South West of Britain. It is a member of the mint family and if you run the leaves it smells of dry straw. I bought this plant because it was a little bit different. Have planted it in a border where it can’t spread. It will be interesting to see how this plant fits in.

6. Blue Amiable Tulip

These tulips have been awesome. Real paint box colours and the flowers have lasted for ages. I’ll have to go along way to find a Tulip to beat this although I did think that those Tulips Monty Don on showed last night on GW were pretty spectacular. They were called dance line and I have ordered some already. Who said product placement does not work!

Well that’s my six. Hopefully with stepping back a bit at work there will be extra blogs. I am off to Edinburgh to take my nephew to see Infinity Wars for his birthday. I might pop into the Botanic Gardens but ssssh don’t tell him!

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Thanks for reading…

12 Comments Add yours

  1. cavershamjj says:

    Big week! Congrats on the job decision, best of luck in the new job. Have you got long off to potter in the garden? Your gravel garden is looking very colourful.

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    1. No just been on 2 days gardening leave😆. Back to work on Monday with less pressure

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  2. fredgardener says:

    Everything seems slowly come back to life in your garden. About the yellow leaves I added Lithothamne in the ground. They said it is used to prevent disease and chorosis. Maybe another idea for yours (My dahlias are all green now and soon with flower buds)

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    1. Thanks Fred will have a look for Lithothamne.

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  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Your hydrangea looks very healthy now. I’ve no doubt you’ll see it flower soon. Glad you’re going to have less stress in your life.


  4. Great to see the transformation in your gravel garden. Here’s to less work and more gardening!

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  5. John Kingdon says:

    Hope your change of direction work-wise does what you want it to. More play and less work is always a good thing. The dahlia yellowing could actually be caused by over-watering but I guess you know enough not to cause that so I’d suspect a nutrient deficiency. I get it occasionally in various plants and keep a bottle of handy. A couple of doses sorts the problem so a bottle will last for years. Your gravel garden has really come on well; it’s surprising just how much colour and variety you can achieve in a relatively small space.

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    1. Cheers John will order some of that plant magic…


  6. I have this tulip and love it – has done well for me in its second year.
    Your mini gravel garden is looking great.
    Good luck for your new, less stressful life! Here’s to more gardening.

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    1. Thanks very much. Sleeping better already.

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  7. Ali says:

    That ‘Blue Amiable’ tulip is gorgeous!


  8. tonytomeo says:

    It took me a minute to figure out ‘Bastard Balm’. I was looking for a ‘bastard palm’.

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