Six on Saturday 3rd November 2018

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.

2. Tulips

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 Spinosa

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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16 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I didn’t know the Orostachys Spiniosa … it reminded me of an artichoke half buried in the ground. I’m sure it will be a beautiful plant, but as you said, such a long and slow growth

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  2. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    I’ve just realised reading your SoS that I’ve not stocked up on violas yet! Well done on your bargain plants.

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  3. Love those skull planters! I like the sound of ‘Camelot Cream’ foxgloves – look forward to seeing how they turn out.

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  4. I think that is the first viola of the season! Very pretty. Impressive sedums, as always.

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  5. Tim Hewitt says:

    The Senecio look fab in those pots. Great for Halloween! I guess that you have a lot of relocating to do at this time of year, being so keen on succulents in a cold part of the country.

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    1. Yes everything is now undercover and sheltered although being beside the coast we are a little warmer than inland. The weather is bonkers I have just been mooing around the Garden and I have got 4 daffodils poking their head through the soil.

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    2. Also a little bit disappointed that I have let the frost get to some of my Tender Aeoniums

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      1. Update like a fool I said that it was daffodils pointing through the soil. They aren’t they are Alllumiums…

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      2. Heyjude says:

        Is that a cross between an Allium and a Chrysanthemum?

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      3. I hate my brain sometimes…


  6. Heyjude says:

    Makes you crazy doesn’t it when you find cheaper and bigger plants at a supermarket! I bought three Osteospermums in the spring from an online nursery and they were tiny plants that cost me £5 each. In ASDA late summer I bought two BIG plants for only £3 each. Good luck with the seeds – I am useless at growing things from seed here. If they germinate then as soon as I put them outside they get eaten. I need to start with larger seedlings or plants.

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Senecia madraliscae became quite trendy a few years ago. It was being used as a small scale ground cover when I was in Los Angeles a few years ago. I was none too keen on it as such because it does not take wear well. I mean, it gets beat down if debris falls onto it from above, and must be raked away. It is not so popular in the landscape here, but is still very popular as a potted plant.

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  8. cavershamjj says:

    Ah tulips. Been planting some of mine today. I had flaming flag last year (this year too with a bit of luck) and have planted some princess irene today. Love a tulip. Look forward to seeing your dancing line.

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  9. JohnK says:

    If I got a quid for every time I’ve bought a plant and then seen a bigger/better specimen somewhere for less, I’d have a LOT more plants! It’s hard but I’ve stopped taping cuttings/splits/offshoots from plants I’ve just bought. As I always seem to buy more plants than I have room for, immediately making more from them only makes the problem worse!


  10. Lora Hughes says:

    Didn’t notice the skulls until I read the comments above. My son gave me a pair, but I’ve been confused what to do w/them, since there’s no drainage hole. Succulents must be the way, as those blue chalksticks look made for them. Always learn something from your blog, as I’ve not done many succulents. That viola is stunning, too.

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