Six on Saturday 15th December 2018 Brass Monkey edition

Good morning and welcome to this weeks SOS.

I wasn’t going to write a blog this weekend for a few reasons. First of all it was the works Christmas party on Thursday night and I am still recovering, secondly there is not a lot going on in the garden and lastly it is Baltically cold outside. As we used to say in the old days it is enought to freeze the balls off of a Brass Monkey.

I have braved the weather and hopefully I have taken enough photo’s for this weeks SOS in a one minute window.

Her is my six.

1. Aeonium experiment fail

I posted earlier on in the autumn that i was going to run an experinment and see how a couple of Aeoniums would do if panted in the garden and left over the winter. Unsurprisinly they don’t like frost. We have Aeonium Maximus on the left and Aeonium Cyclone on the left. The good news is that underneath all the damage the Maximus has 3 or 4 babies so I have now covered the plant with a fleece cover and hopefully I will be able to grow on the 3 babies next year.

2. Cyclamon and Sedum Lemon Ball

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The only thing flowering in my garden is this cyclamen at the moment. In between it we have Sedum Lemon Ball. A type of Rupestre this will give excellent ground cover and some much needed colur in the winter. This was grown from a couple of little cuttings. It will look like Sedum Rupestre Angelica but it is a little bit lighter in colour.

3 Echeveria Shark Skin


A new hybrid released in 2017 from Surreal Succulents. This plant is pretty hardy but I have bought it inside today just to be on the safe side.

4 Aeonium Sunburst


A variegated Aeonium this one is tender and has been bought in for the winter and is currently sitting on my kitchen window sill.

5. Border preparing for winter


As always at this time of the year the perennial border retreats and starts it annual hybernation. Give it another 5 months and it will look like a totally different garden.

6 Checking the succulent cold frame


All seems to be in order at the moment. I might have to put a couple of layers of fleece on top if the cold weather continues.

Well that is my SOS and TBH it was a bit of a struggle. The next few SOS are going to be some best of the year blogs.

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I hope everybody is keeping warm until next time.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I left 3-4 aeonium cuttings ( rooted) outside. We had -4°C and with the thaw , they all look like yours… Fortunately I kept the mother plant inside.
    (Very pretty cyclamen, though !)


  2. Like the Aeonium ‘Sunburst’, might have to look for that in the spring. Everything looks very cozy in your coldframe.

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  3. Loved the Brass Monkey Edition! And especially the aeonium!

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Aeoniums are at their best in our winters. They get rather bare in summer. Once the rain starts, the refoliate and get quite heavy and lush. I am glad that I do not need to bring them in for winter. Mine have been out there for a few years. I do not grow ‘Sunburst’ and am not likely to do so. I am pleased with the common one and the unnamed bronzed one that I have, and I do not want to complicate things with a third. ‘Sunburst’ gets a nice wide floret on top, with new pups at the ground, but not much in between. The pups grow up fast and start the process over again, with quite a bit of space between the dominant top rosettes and the basal pups. It is striking as a sculptural specimen where not crowded with others, although it probably mixes well too. I keep seeing them in other gardens, and craving a pup, but I will resist the temptation.


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