Good morning and welcome to sixth is weeks Six on Saturday.
The weather has been decidedly colder this week and Tuesday night was the coldest of the year so far. I like the frosty cold weather as it covers some of the evergreen Sedums with sparkling silvery magic. I had a couple of hours off work on Wednesday and spent most of it taking photo’s of the garden.
Here is my SOS and I am not afraid to say it is Sedum heavy this week. Enjoy.
1. Kalanchue (Cockroach Plant)
I posted a picture of this in flower last year. I planted this into the garden as a bit of a laugh 6 years ago and it is still going strong. If you read the literature there is no way this plant should survive cold wether and especially the cold weather we had last year during the Beast from the East. As you can see however it just survives year after year. It will flower in the spring and produce masses of yellow flowers. i think it survives because it is on a relative dry bit of the garden. I call it the cockroach plant because I am sure it would survive a nuclear bomb!
2. Sedum Oreganum
A native of the Pacific Coast of America including Alaska. I particularly like the red stems. This is a creeping plant and an excellent ground over. I have this is on several containers in the garden and thrives in poir quality soil.
3. Sedum Rupestre Angelina
A stonecrop that is common in most parts of Europe this can be pretty invasive. However I have planted this in both a contained area and in a place where I am not bothered if it takes over as there is nothing growing there at the moment (under the kitchen window on a thin strip of gravel). The leaves take on a medusa quality and look like elongated strange colour pine cones in my eyes. I have just read that you can use this as a herb in salads and has a sour taste. I will give this a go in the summer.
4. Sedum Alboum Athoum
Planted last year this one did not flower but it is growing strongly. It produced masses of white flowers. Hopefully this will be a star in the garden this year.
5. Sedum Reflexim Cristatum (Crated Stonecrop)
Is one of the weirdest looking sedums. It looks like a cockscomb. Left unchecked it will produce fantastic ground cover. I will however how to move it to somewhere else as at the moment it is in my mini gravel garden.
6. Saxifraga waiting to spring into action.
I am not to sure which flavour this is but as you can see it is starting to produce buds. It should start flowering in around 8 weeks. Will try and identify it then.
That is this weeks SOS I hope you enjoyed it. Gardening opportunities are going to be limited this weekend but I am sure I will have the odd half an hour in the garden. I am off to watch Newcastle v Watford in the FA cup this afternoon. Could this be Newcastle’s year😂
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