Good morning and welcome to my Six on Saturday. Working weekend so this is going to be a quick one.
We actually had rain this week and it was pretty substantial. It even filled one of my Water Butts. However the weather forecast is for high pressure and hot and dry weather for the foreseeable future.
The Perennials I have grown from seed have all been potted up and they seem to be doing well.
I have not spent a lot of time in the garden because of the World Cup but I have made sure I have spent at least and hour a day. The rain has put a new vigour in the garden and the plants have had a welcome boost.
Here is my SOS.
1. Jacobs Ladder Bressingham Purple
Is a fantastic plant. Not only does it have fantastic flowers it the foliage is dark and variegated with dark greens and browns. The bees seem to love it as well. It is getting a little bit overwhelmed with the Lilies beside it but that should be easily rectified when I thin the Lilies out in the autumn.
2. Pink Oxalis
This is by far my favourite flower in the garden. Small pink flowers that come back profusely year after year. Oxalis can be invasive but I don’t believe this one is and it is tucked away at the bottom of an ivy hedge and not in the main bed.
3. Pelargonium Lord Bute
The Pelargoniums I bought from Fibrex Nurseries are all thriving. They all have healthy foliage but at the moment not very many flowers. I am sure there will be more flowers just around the corner. The flowers that they do have are wonderful. Lord Bute’s flowers are a wonderful combination of really dark purple and pink and the rain certainly shows the flowers wonderfully.
4. Orostatchys Dunces Cap
Orostachys are a succulent that can be found in the Far East. Native to Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan amongst others. They don’t like moisture and grow in really arid conditions but can survive temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius. I have planted these in a pot wit a really heavy gravel mix. When I saw this plant this morning I thought that the clear blue sky made a great black ground and showed of the colours of the foliage at it’s best. As you can see they are starting to flower and hopefully they should grow and last throughout the summer. When I read up on them I get mixed messages. Some say they are biennials and other perennials. On things to sure is not to let them get damp over the winter as they do not like to be wet and cold over winter so I will pop it in a corner of my cold frame in the autumn.
5. Border taking shape
I am really pleased with how my main border is taking shape. There is a little bit of over crowding but nothing that can’t wait until autumn.
6. Russian Stonecrop
Not the best photo. This was take yesterday in early morning light. This Sedum is a strong grower and I have it in many places. Thought it would be topical for the World Cup….come on England! We still believe.
That is my SOS for this week. Hope you have enjoyed it. Off to work now. Until next week.