Six on Saturday 8th September 2018

Good morning and welcome to my Six on Saturday

I have started writing this blog on Friday as I have a cheeky day off. It has been raining all morning and the garden is looking a little bit soggy to say the least. I shouldn’t complain after the dry spring and summer we have had but I had intended to start my new raised Dahlia bed for next year. I know it is early but I would like to get it started so it can settle down over the winter.

Some of my my succulents are looking particulary plump and pleased for themselves. I will just have to make sure that some of the don’t have too much to drink. The rest of the garden is growing healthily but there are not very many flowers. I have few Sedums flowering and my Verena Borainaris is going from strength to strength.

I have a long weekend this week so will no doubt be tottering about the garden and making plans for next year.

Here is my SOS.

1. Heuchera Ginger Ale

I have planted a few Heucheras this year to add a big of colour to the garden in the winter. This one is Ginger Ale. It has striking colours as you can see. It does look a little bit more delicate than other Heucheras but I am sure it will be just as robust.

2. Fuschia Delta Sarah

A semi hard fuschia that is a prolific flowerer. I have put it in a large pot along with a Clematis. This way it should be easier to protect it over winter. I am not a big fan of fushias TBH but this one caught my eye.

3. Sedum Karl

I think this is Sedum Carl. I am not to sure. I bought 4 plants that look the same but mixed up the labels, This has a grey/blue tinge on the leaf. The flowers are striking. I have most of my Sedums a Chelsea Chop in May and some of them are flowering freely but there is a couple the has buds but look like they a way off flowering. I have managed to plant Sedums Autumn Joy in totally the wrong place and it is looking pretty poor. This plant will be on top of the list to get moved in Spring next year.

4. Clematis Contessa de Bouchard

A late flurry of what has been my best Clemtis this year and I am glad to say it is keeping it’s best to last. This Clematis was growing in the Ivy Hedge that is in my garden when I bought the flat. I killed it last year when I was over zealous cutting g the Ivy last year but during that barbaric act I found the label for the Clematis so of course I had to buy it again. It hasn’t disappointed and has flowered continuously for 3 months.

5. Orostachys Iwarenge Chinese Dunces Cap

A succulent which survives to -35 degrees Celsius but does not like getting wet. So overwintering it is going to be a challenge. I will, probably put it I the corner of the cold frame and that should suffice. A member of the crassula family it is monocarpic like Sempervivums so once it flowers the rosette dies but by the it has produced many more. The flowers spikes are shaped like…’s not difficult to guess what they look like. I will post more photo’s once they develop.

6. Sempervivum flower

After the wet August some of my Sempervivum as starting to flower again. The top one is SSP Globiferum Toska and this particular rosette has been vibrant all summer. I am not sure what the bottom is but it is some type of cobwebs species possible Rubin. The flower I am sure you agree is a real sparkler.

Well that is my SOS. I am off to divide some perennials and going to do a tidy up of the garden.

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Until next week adios!

19 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    You still have clematis blooming?! That is so cool. I do not bother with it because the season is so brief here. They bloom in spring, but then get roasted by summer. They look great in nurseries, but that is about all.
    Do you happen to grow yuccas too? Some people who grow succulents also happen to like yuccas. A few of the most cold tolerant types are also sensitive to being too damp through winter. They are from desert regions, where it gets quite cold in winter, but does not rain much.

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    1. No room for Yuccas at the moment Tony. I grow my half hardy plants in pots. I might look into getting a few small varieties.


  2. Jim Stephens says:

    You start with one Fuchsia and you see how well it does so you think perhaps just one more… That’s how it starts. And you’ve made the error of starting with a really good one.

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    1. I have,t room for any more plants lol! I have a 60ft by 24ft garden…have g said that just bought 6 plants at Morrison’s

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  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I like that sempervivem flower. Is Autumn the time for them to flower? Will I have to wait that long?

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    1. No mine mostly flowered in late spring and early summer. Think the rain we had kicked them back into life

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      1. janesmudgeegarden says:

        Oh good, I might get some flowers from my two soon, then.

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      2. You’ll know when they will start to flower. It produces a module that grows like an Alien….

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  4. That is a really pretty heuchera. I didn’t used to be a fan, but they have grown on me!

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  5. fredgardener says:

    This week I liked your heuchera with unusual leaf colors. I was also surprised by the hardiness of Orostachys! (Maybe I should have one of these succulents here too?)

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    1. As long as you keep it relatively dry go for it Fred. They grow on the plains of Mongolia, Serbia, China…

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  6. Love each one of your plants! The Heuchera is a new one to me and has been added to the list, along with that beautiful Clematis.

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  7. Love that heuchera ginger ale! What a unique name for it.

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  8. Heyjude says:

    I am a big fan of Heucheras, they don’t get munched like Hostas do! I like the name of this one though it looks similar in colour to my Marmalade one.


  9. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    I didn’t think I was a fan of Heucheras but that ginger ale one is very nice indeed. A great Six and that Fuchsia is a lovely colour. I have very mixed success with clematis, a few haven’t flowered this year.


  10. cavershamjj says:

    Love that heuchera, unusual colouring but not garish like some of the lime green ones. I have a shady planter that I need to replant next year. Some heuchera might be good in there…

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    1. I have a like green one and yes it is very garish. Reminds me of the socks I used to wear in the 80’s


  11. Lora Hughes says:

    I’m another one impressed by the longevity of your clematis. You can see why she’s a contessa! All your flowers are doing well, it seems. The succulents look fab & blooming! Wow. Not sure if you were recommending the Chelsea chop or not – what’s the verdict?

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    1. I have had a think about the Chelsea Chop and so am probably going to do it again next year. Might only do half though.


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