Six on Saturday 20th October 2018

Hello and welcome to tbis weeks SOS.

Well the days seem to be getting shorter with a pace now and we have even had our first ground frost but there still is a lot of work to be done in the garden. Paths need cleanrd, borders need tidied and garden furniture to be put in the shed until next year. The only problem is however is the nights are drawing in. Thankfully I am off thsi weekend so will hopefully get most of these jobs completed.

The garden has experienced it’s first ground frost this week and my last Dahlia is still holding in there. No doubt I will have to dig it up soon but it is still producin large amounts of big yellow flowers.

Here is my SOS

1. Sempervivum Blue Elf

A low growing dense sedum with blue greyish leaves it produces hundreds of pink flowers. It is the worlds first Sedum and Orostachys inter genetic hybrid. Produced as part of the Sunsparkler series by American plant breeder Chris Hansen. I really like the look of this plant and the cut of it’s jib. It is supposed to be semi hardy so I will have to protect it over tbe winter. Apparently unlicensed propogation is prohibited. Question does this apply in the UK and the reet of tbe world or just the UK?

2. Clematis John Paul II

It’s left it late but this Clematis has just started flowering this week! Some of you might remeber I bought 2 of these to remind me of my mate JP (John Paul) who died in a car crash 2 years ago. Hopefully this plant will flower a bit earlier next year.

3. Bridge of Sighs Rose.

Another plant that has just started to flower. I bought this a couple of months ago to grow up my Arch. I am looking forward to see how this grows next year.

4. Sedum Sandra Mottram babies

I have taken some leaf cuttings of Sedum Sandra Mottram and pleasingly they seem to be pretty prolific. This plant truly is a cracker. Found growing by Ray Mottram in 1997 his succulent collection. It was a chance hybrid between Sedum Lucidium and Sedum Treleasi. The leaves are plump and juicy and a nice colour of green. Also in this picture you can see 3 new Aeonium cuttings I received from Germany yesterday, Aeonium Variegata Tricolour Cristata and Aeonium Lindleyi Variegata and one uknown Echeveria baby.

5. Dahlia Tee Set

This dahlia is by far my best dahlia. The only one planted directly in my main border it has just thrived. Needless to say I will be planting more dwhlias in the main border next year.

6. Aeonium Voodoo

An Aeonium I bought in the spring Voodoo has wonderful vivid colours. In the forefront is a couple of cuttings of Aeonium firecracker. Like most succulents some of the hybrids Aeonium hybrids look the same to me indeed I have 2 other Aeoniums Cyclops and Ice Warrior that look almost identical to me. Perhaps I need to train my eye better!

That is my SOS.

It looks like it is going to be a warmish day so I am off out to potter around the garden.

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Enjoy your gardening week.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I love this clematis! Simple, elegant and fragile at the same time
    I thought of you this morning because I was at the garden center and I came back with 2 sedums that I won’t forget to show in a future SoS!

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  2. Heyjude says:

    That Bridge of Sighs rose is a gorgeous apricot/amber colour. Is it scented?

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    1. I’ll check next time now it flowers…

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  3. Your Sempervivum Blue Elf is a stunner. Lovely clematis to remind you of your friend and the Bridge of Sighs rose is just dreamy.

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  4. Love that sedum! Too bad it is not hardy. It probably would not survive our severe winters, which is why I’ve probably never seen it here.


    1. Update it might be hardy! I will let you know.


  5. That Sedum and it’s cuttings look a bit like my Money plant which I will show when there are not enough plants in the garden! Your sedums are always breathtaking… I’m most envious. Lovely Six-on-Saturday.

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  6. Jim Stephens says:

    I was looking up Blue Elf on Plantipp’s website and they claim hardy to -25C, which seems extraordinary. The PBR prohibits propagation for sale, you can do what you like for your own use. It’s a cracker, I will look out for it.

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    1. Thanks Jim. Hope all is well.


  7. Lora Hughes says:

    As everyone else has pointed out, Blue Elf is a show stopper. That clematis is a wonderful thing, especially so as it commemorates your friend. Both the photos are quite pretty – which is more true to its colour (or does it have slightly varied blooms)? The rose – so beautiful & what a wonderful name. Do you know its name story?

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    1. The rose is called after the bridge in Cambridge I believe. I think it was bred in Cambridge


  8. Great Six, as always. I’d forgotten I’ve got that Clematis but it hasn’t flowered this year. I hope it does next year as it looks lovely

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    When we grew about 200 cultivars of rhododendrons, and had almost as many in the collection that we could have been growing, my colleague knew all their names! I knew the main sellers, but there was not way I could recognize them all by foliage! I think that cultivars of some specie of succulent would be significantly more difficult.

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  10. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    A great Six. That Blue Elf is very pretty.


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