Pinch punch it’s the first of the month.
Only 24 more days to Christmas and 20 more days until the days get longer.
It has been a wet week and a mild week. So much so that the gorse is starting to flower on the verges of the A1 through Scotland. Although earlier flowering gorse is not uncommon it is still pretty strange to see at the end of a year. Gardening opportunities as always at this time of the year have been pretty few and far between this week.
Here is my SOS.
1. Orostachys Iwarenge
This is a fantastic plant. A monocarpic succulent from the far east. This plant ca stand low temperatures down to -30 degrees centigrade. However it is a bit of a Gremlin plant as it does not like to get wet. I have taken a few cuttings in the autumn and I am keeping them just underneath the hedge on my patio which seems to be the driest part of my garden. It will be interesting to see how big this grows next year. More photo’s to follow no doubt.
2. Saxifraga Fotunei Hi No Mai
I posted a picture of an Autumn flowering Saxifraga last week. This wa the scond one to flower. This Japanese plant has apple freen foliage a pink flowers that look like they are made of plastic. I bought these plants from Edrom Nurseries who specialise in Japanese Woodland Saxifraga. I may need to visit them again next year to add some more colour for next year.
3. Crocuses showing signs of life.
I walked past this pot of crocuses last weekend and I was delighted to see some popping their heads through. I think I might put and extra inch of compost on them today just to be on the safe side.
4. New mini conifers
Aargh so I went to buy some new small terracotta pots to plant up some string of pearls cuttings and I ended up spending a fortune. One of the purchases was 3 small dwarf conifers. They were 3 for £12. Above is 2 of them. I have planted them in the front garden in front of a low wall and will add some much needed interest in the winter.
5. Sedum Reflexum Cristatum
Sedum Reflexum Cristatum also known as Crested Stonecrop is a strange looking Sedum. As you can see it looks like a Cockscomb. The leaves take on a resdish colour when exposed to sun. It will be interesting to see how big this plants grows. This is planted in my small gravel garden. Also I have just noticed that some Sedum tjny Sedum Aureum shoots pointing their heads through. I had thought I had lost them in this part of the garden.
6. Aeonium Cyclops
This is an experimental plant as I have left this slightly tender Aeonium planted directly in the garden. It is starting to shoe signs of a little distress but at the moment I am confident this plant should survive over the winter.
That is my SOS for this week. I will be doing my best not to go to a garden centre this weekend especially for a small purchase! Wish me luck!
Thanks for reading.
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