Tomorrow marks 100 years since the end of the Great War the war to end all wars and unfortunately we still live in a tumultuous world but thank God we still have our gardens to keep us grounded. Indeed the symbol of remebrance day is the poppy a dainty flower that not makes us remember the blood shed and sacrifice but the ability of mother nature to bloom and take our mind away from adverse situations.
I have not managed to see the garden in daylight today because I have been leaving for work in the dark and come home in the dark. I did however manage to take some extra photo’s last weekend.
The weather has been warm over the past few days and the forecast looks much of the same so I have put some of my tender succulents outside.
Here is my SOS
1. Dahlia patch preparation for next year
One of my jobs this weekend is going to tidy up and prepare the Dahlia patch ready for next year. Like most people my Dahlias have not been brilliant this year due to the warm dry weather. I am going to mulch this space with manure and try and get a head start ready for next year. I havr orderd 11 new varieties for next year. These include Mick’s Peppermint, Blue Bayou, Embrace and Silver City. I am currently building a new raised Dahlia bed and aim to have it finished and prepped by early spring.
2. Heuchera cuttings
Heucheras or Coral Bells are not everybodies cup of tea but they do add colour and structure to the garden in winter. Above is a couple of cuttings of Lime Marmalade and Red Sea.
3. Aeonium Emerald Flame
A new cultivar from Surreal Succulents I am keeping this one in my mini gravel garden over winter to see how it fares. This one creates a low form plant. The parentage is Aeonium Firecracker and Aeonium Dodentralis.
4, Alpine Strawberry Flower.
A proloific spreader I have this all over the garden. Can grow in many different conditions this is my fallback for problem spaces.
5. Winter Flowering Pansies
In these dark short days it is always nice to see some colour from the Winter Flowering Pansies. These ones are loving the warm weather at the moment as you can see.
6. Alliums poking through in November.
Question is this normal? I bought 3 new kinds but unfortunately did not write down which ones I put where. I will have to wait to Spring to see which ones they are.
Well that is my SOS. I am off out to make use of this warm spell. I hope you have a good weekend.
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