Hi and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
I am back after my week in Cornwall. Cornwall did not disappoint what a wonderful place and as for the plants it was a positive Nirvana. I did not take many photo’s as I was with guests and did not want to be rude.
There was 2 major highlights of the holiday. The first one was that my mate only lives a mile away form Surreal Succulents and the second one was we went for an impromptu day trip to the Isles of Scilly. I visited Surreal Succulents twice and spent too much money on at least 15 different Succulents but hey I was on holiday! The only problem I have now is where to store them over the winter but I am confident that I should be able to keep most of them alive even if I have to store some at my sisters house (I had better tell her first. As for the Isles of Scilly where do I start! I forgot to charge my phone the night before so I ran out of battery as soon as I got onto St Mary’s but there was that much to see and take in horticulturally that I was glad I actually didn’t spend my time looking into a phone screen and I could take the everything in. The plant selection. Was fantastic, loads of Succulents, low growing Mediterranean Plants, Agapanthus…..etc etc. We only stayed for 4 hours but it has made such an impact on me I will definitely be going back to stay there for a few days.
When I arrived back home there had been a lot of rain during the week and my garden had taken a much more greener look but this has also meant that the slugs have had a bit of a feast on some of the plants but so am not really that bothered as most of the eaten plants were past there best. When I was in Cornwall my relatives garden was swamped with slugs every morning. However I did see the virtue of beer traps as one caught 25 slugs in 12 hours.
As you know the weather has finally turned and it has taken on a slightly autumnal feel. In fact this morning it has taken on a winter feel and before we know it most plants will be getting ready for the winter. I have some perennial seeds to plant and I will be planting these next weekend hopefully.
Here is my SOS. Enjoy.
1. Agapanthus decimation in Cornwall
Not a great picture but behind my relatives garden was an Agapanthus field. Unfortunately this was wiped out after the snow Cornwall experienced in March it has been wiped out, I have it in good authority that last year it looked spectacular. Apparently snow is very rare in Cornwall and it caught most farmers unaware.
2. Borage seedlings
I sowed some borage seeds in the spring to attract pollinators. it didn’t disappoint and was covered with bumble bees every day. It has self seeded with abandonment and I have to thin the seedlings twice a week. It looks like next year is going to be a bumper year. I am seriously thinking of doing some guerrilla gardening in my home town with some of the seedlings but at the moment am not brave enough. Has one done any guerrilla gardening or is this just a London Metropolitan thing.
3. Digitalis Plants
This is the first time I have grown plants from seeds this year. Apart from a couple of holes they are thriving. I have bought 7 different kinds of perennials to plant this autumn and as I said earlier U will plant these next weekend.
4. Dahlia Checkers
With more rain the Dahlias have really picked up with aplomb. This one Dahlia Checkers is out in front with the number of blooms. I still have one Dalia to flower. Sir Alf Ramsey is a dinner plate Dahlia. It seems to be starting to make buds now but I am sceptical if it will flower this year. We will have to wait and see. As you can see from the above photo’s the earwigs seem to be still enjoying my Dahlias. I will have to come up with a plan next year how to keep them in check.
As you may remember in my last blog I bought this Hollyhock for a £1 in Morrison’s but was decidedly underwhelmed. However the rain that fell on the garden when I was on holiday has transformed the flowers from a sickly yellow to a really vibrant Canary yellow. It is starting to win me over.
6. Yes I have more succulents
I went a little bit overboard when it came to buying succulents. “Hi I am Paul and I am addicted to Succulents. I bought about 9 different Echeverias, 5 Aeoniums and a Orostachys Dunces cap. All I need now is to figure out where to keep them over the winter.
That is my SOS thanks for reading. Unfortunately this is an on call weekend so I am off to work. Enjoy you Bank Holiday.
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Until next Saturday goodbye.