Good morning and welcome to this weeks SOS.
This week we have had rain on 2 days. A variable monsoon!
My garden is looking a little bit bedraggled in places due to the drought and whilst I have not written this year off I have decided to start building my new borders ready for next year. I have also mulched one of the beds in the front garden as plants were starting to struggle in this bed as there is only 6 inches of soil on top of paving slabs. The 2 plants that are thriving in this bed is an absolute monster of a spiraea (see post 1) and a hebe but this is starting to get charred around the edges. I mulched with manure (I know we are supposed to mulch late autumn but needs must) In hindsight this was not a good idea as my car now has a funny smell after the trip to the garden centre to pick it up.
I have also started to collate some plants for my sisters garden as she has started to work on her garden and I found out that my step niece Gayl has started to plant succulents in her garden in Worcestershire. The gardening bug must be catching! Gayl I’ll be down in August to check them out. Steak for tea?
Here is my SOS!
1. New Beds
When I moved my shed in May this freed up room for a new bed at the top of the garden. I was going to start building it in the autumn but one of my friends told me that the local wood merchants had a promotion on sleepers. They are selling for £16.00 and I like a bargain I have decided to start building the beds this weekend. As you can see from the photo’s I have already started collect some plants for the bed. It is a bit scrappy at the moment but come next spring they will be more orderly. The bed is North and West facing. The west facing part has a small fence panel behind it and large one. I will be changing the large one for a smaller one soon to get more summer sun into the corner. I am sorely tempted to make the west facing one a Dahlia bed. All I need now is to find some cheap top soil.
2. Monster Spiraea and unloved border
Not very good photo’s but this was the most neglected part of my garden apart from a rapid growing spiraea in the corner. It is just 6 inches of soil on paving slabs and the soil has never had anything added to it in the 16 years I have had this flat. So this week I added a bag of manure and some compost. I have transferred 4 different Heucheras, Aquilegia Nora Barlow, Verbena Borealis Lollipop , 2 x Digitalis Summer thingy which I have grown from seed and 2 Globe Thistle which I have also grown from seed. These are the first perennials I have grown from seed and after reading several tweets and blogs mostly from the Don of SOS I am now hooked. Thanks Jon.
3. The Dahlias are coming!
Slowly but sure they are coming! As always we are pretty late up here when it comes to flowers. It also doesn’t help that I have a 10ft hedge to the east of the garden and the is only 6m wide so the garden does not get much sun until after 9.30am. All Dahlia’s are starting to open. I popped into Dobbies yesterday but I am going to have to ban myself as they have a fantastic collection of mature Dahlia plants. Next month I am going down to Cornwall to see family. They have moved to Penzance (they couldn’t move anywhere further from Berwick in England) and I believe the National Dahlia collection is in Penzance. So guess where I’ll be going when I am down there? The above variety is Tee Set.
4. Hydrangea Lace Cap
Wow what a difference 6 months makes. After thinking I had killed this in February when I had a brain fart and moved it this plant is stunning. The photo does not do the colours justice. There is a kaleidoscope of blues, pinks and purples and they shine like metal. When I did move it I did mulch it with a lot of manure and I have fed and watered it constantly and the effort has paid off I think you will agree.
5. Rescued Lily Little John
I picked this plant up for £1 at the McMillan Café in Perth last year. It was looking extremely sorry for itself. I like buying sickly looking reduced in price plants as it is always satisfying bringing them back to life. I think I have hit the jackpot here.
6. Sea Holly (Eryngium)
A fantastic plant. Grows in poor soil conditions an doesn’t disappoint. Silver flower heads turn to purple then gold. Bees always love it as well.
Well that is my SOS. Off to continue to design the new border.
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Until next week.