Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
There was no SOS from me last week as I was on call and I am finding it increasingly difficult to take pictures during the day.
We have frost every night this week and unfortunatley I had left a few tender Aeoniums out too long snd the frost has got to them. I have now put them in my sister’s greenhouse and I think they should be fine next Spring when the days get longer and warmer.
I have been on holiday this week so that has given me tbe opportunity to do a general tidy up of the garden and take some rubbish to tbe dump. All my tender succulents are now under cover in my coldframe, sisters greenhouse or on front room window sill.
Here is my SOS.
1. Another bargain from Morrisons
I have wanted to bu Senecio Madraliscae (blue chalkstick) for sometimes so while ordering some succulents on Ebay I bought the plant in the front for £3.50. I had to laugh yesterday morning when I went to Morrisons and saw the 2 plants at the back reduced to £2.50. Of course I had to have them but it just goes to show that sometimes patience is the best virtue. I have given the 2 plants at the back to my niece and nephew to look after over winter and will pot them into a bigger planter next spring.
I potted up my new tulips last month and can’t wait until next spring. New varieties I have bought include Snow Crystal, Flaming Flag, Pacific Pearl, Albion Star, Prinses Irene and Danceline. Danceline was a new variety that was featured on Gardwners World in Spring and I am excited to see how good these look.
3. Orostachys Spiniosa
I have been wanting to grow these for the past year and got 3 small cuttings from the web but they were pretty small and were not doing much. Imagine my delight when I popped into the Royal Botanical Gardens last month and they were selling mature plants. I bought 3 and managed to get 15 off shoots from them. Only problem is they are slow growers qnd I am too impatient to wait.
4, Winter flowering Viola
I have made up 4 hanging baskets with winter flowering pansies and violas. I walked past the baskets yesteray and my eye was drawn to this one. Love the yellow and purple in the centre.
5. Sedum Pluricale
During these ever shorter duller days it is always nice to see plants producing new growth ready for next year. This is Sedum Pluricale a small fleshy leaf “Hypotelphiu.” That produces masses of pink flowers in the autumn.
6. Foxglove Camelot Cream seedlings
They are looking ok but obviously it has been caught by the frost a little bit so I have covered them and put them in a more shelterd place. I was never into growing plants from seed but after the success of this years seedlings I have grown more this year and all are doing well. I also thought growing plants from seeds was a bit of a faff and difficult but I was wrong. I am also prone to a bit of brainwashing whem it comes to visiting a garden centre and can’t seem to resist buying a super looking plant even though when you plant it in your garden it will not look like the photo on the label. This will be the way forward in the future.
That is my SOS. I am off to carry on tidying up the garden ready for the winter and hack down my Spirea in the front garden by a third.
Enjoy your weekend. More SOS next week.
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