Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS…Well the weather is hot, hot, hot again. It is getting a little bit boring now, unrolling the hose most nights, giving the garden a good dousing and by 1pm the next day the garden is parched. No sign of any hose pipe bans up here, in fact I can’t remember there even being a hose pipe ban up here.I have been on holiday all week so have spent most of it pottering around the garden.
I have bought 3 Clematis Montana’s to help cover the back fence after the shed move and the north facing side of the shed. I have put these in bigger pots and will plant them in the garden in the Autumn.I have also taken cuttings from some of my obscure Sedums and have transferred some Sempervivum chicks into a nursery planter. I am also glad to say that some of my Dahlia’s are starting to bud up and I should have some blooms soon.
I spent Thursday at the Kalzie Gardens in Peebles. They have a wonderful walled garden with a stunning herbaceous border, roses and a green house full of Fuscias . My heart however had to go out to the gardeners because boy it was dry out there. I have taken some photo’s and it looks like they have got an impossible battle keeping the garden watered.Here is my SOS.
1 Astrantia Major Florence
Snapped this little fella enjoying my Astrantia. A border staple this has go to have one of the most interesting flowers out there. I grow it in part shade but it does also get about 7 hours of sunlight. It seems to have self seeded so I will give these to my sister who has just started to do her garden in the Autumn. Next year I want to plant different varieties of Astrantia in the new border and I am currently looking at options.
2 Begonia Love
It is my first year growing Begonias and I seem to have hit the jackpot. The flower is 12cm across and the red is that vibrant it is difficult to take a photo of how stunning it looks.
3 Hermoncillas and Knautia Melon Pastels
The Hermoncillas is a couple of years old and did not flower last year for some reason and despite me trampling on it several times in the spring it has produced 3 healthy flower spikes. The anthers really stand out on this flower and add to how striking the flower is. The Knautia of course is Melon Pastels. I bought this plant on a spur of the moment when getting plant labels at a garden centre and while not a prolific flower the pin flowers float with out a care in the border and add a different colour.
4 Dahlia Taxi Driver
My first Dahlia is in flower at long last with was many others queuing up ready to burst into life. Just like with my tulips we are always a little behind in the North (no jokes please) this is because it is slightly colder and due to the privet hedge on the east side of the garden we do not get any sun until about 10am. It looks like all the other Dahlias are going to bloom in the next 2 weeks. I need some advice however. How often are you supposed to water them? I have a few in the garden but many more in pots that of course dry out faster. I water the pots 3 times a week. As they come from Mexico I guess they can be somewhat drought tolerant but I am not sure. This plant has small flowers but it looks like it is going to be a prolific flower. Dahlia love has arrived in North Northumberland
5 Sedum Blue Cushion
This weeks Sedum is Blue Spruce. A member of the Rupestre family it is a prolific grower. The flowers of Rupestre remind me of an upside chandelier. They are long lasting and a magnet for pollinators.
6 Delosperma Cooperi
This Ice Plants are loving this weather. A native of South Africa they thrive in heat. This plant is in my mini gravel garden which has been hag much of a success I am looking to expand it. For a mini project I started last autumn I have been proud (something I don’t use enough to describe myself). As you can see the photo’s below the mini gravel garden it has really taken off. Go me!
Well that’s my SOS. I am starting to make big plans for the Autumn., 2 new beds at the back of the garden and an extension to the gravel garden. Bring it on!
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Lastly I would just like to say. Come on England! Bring it home!!!