Hi and welcome to this weeks SOS.
I have not spent much time in the garden this week due to work but did manage to do a little repotting of some of my tender succulents trying to figure out where I am going to store these over the winter. It looks like I am going to store these in a cold frame right next to the 10ft hedge that protects from and easterly wind. I am going to line it with some polystyrene packaging from work. I am also going to keep twi Aeoniums planted on the garden all over winter. Theses are on a dry place and will be protected by some sleepers. If this is successful I will transfer a few more Aeoniums from pots to this area next year.
On Sunday I am off to Cornwall on holiday and I can’t wait. I have been studying what Gardens I should visit when down there. I have always wanted to go to the Eden Project and this will be high on my things to do list. Ext week. Hopefully the weather will behave itself next week.
Here is my SOS
1. Sempervivum Planting
I have also decided to plant some Sempervivums directly into an area of gravel I have in the garden. I mostly have pots on the gravel but I have always wanted to try planting stuff directly into the gravel. This stems from a well established gravel garden in my home town I walk past once in a while. They have a couple of large clumps of Sedum which looks like they have been there for years. They look like a blob of vegetarian lava – a seething mass- that has just erupted through the gravel.
2. Mystery Dahlia solved.
I ordered this Dahlia from Pheasant Acre Plants along with 4 others. All were excellent quantity but this one was a wrong in. It was supposed to be American Dawn but when it arrived it was marked Quinty. It was neither. I got in touch with the nursery and they said that they had been let down by one of their suppliers and 80% of the American Dawn plants were actually Hapet Blue Eyes. Pheasant Acre has told me they will send out the correct plant next year. However as you can see from the picture the plant is that beautiful I am not to disappointed with the mistake.
3. Lily Summer Breeze
I bought 5 of these bulbs last year but unfortunately only one of them has grown and flowered. The flower head is massive and the colour is really shockingly pink and I love it. Hopefully there will be more next year.
4. Cheap Morrison Perennials
Morrison’s have had cheap perennials all year and these have been far my best performers in my perennial border. The triffid (Hollyhock) was only a pound and is about 10ft high at least. The flowers to TBH the flowers are a little bit underwhelming pale yellow. Next to it is a Verbena Bonariensis and a Polenonium (difficult to see). The bees love both plants.. All 3 plants only cost £4.
No matter what I do I can’t get a photo to do this plant justice. It is the front of my garden and is about 5ft High and 7ft wide. I cut it down by a third every year and it just bounces back with masses of big flower heads. It has been in my garden for years and is in pity poor soil and has not been fed once in 15 years.
6. Echeveria Worfield Wonder
I bought this plant last year from Dobbies. The Rosette was about 15 inches across when I bought it and it grew and grew and gave a lot of chicks. Unfortunately it did not make the winter as it was to big to bring in the house. I am pleased to say however 4 of the chicks I took off of it are doing well. Rather interestingly the leaves of the parent was rounder but the chicks are pointy. The chicks are going to be small enough to store in the house this year and hopefully they will come into their element next year.
Well that is my SOS.
I am off to Cornwall tomorrow and I am going to go plant hunting in a big way. Next weeks SOS will be Cornish themed.
Thanks for reading. Until next week