Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
It has been a snow free week up here north of the wall. It has been frosty though so much so I had to put a jumper on on Thursday! The garden has looked very idyllic after a couple of hard frosts and on Wednesday it got down to -5 degrees.
As the garden is rock solid there has not been very many opportunities to get out in the garden.
I have been bored with the lack of opportunities so have added a new hobby to my bow and started collecting Bolivian and Argentinian Cacti, especially the rebutia varieties. No doubt there will be more info and pictures to follow.
Here is this weeks SOS.
1. Sedum Makioni
A Sedum that comes from Japan I bought this last year and split it into a few smaller plants. It didn’t do much last year but I am pleased to say that it is starting to thrive. A low spreading luscious looking Sedum it will perform a dense mat. It produces yellow flowers in the summer
2. Aeonium Ice Warrior
I posted a picture of this a couple of weeks ago and said it was supposed to be frost tolerant down to -8. Well at the moment it doesn’t look very healthy. I am sure it will be ok. It will probably lose most of the leaves in the picture but hopefully new growth will start growing from the top.
3. Dry trough or Icicle?
I post a lot about my dry trough but is is by far my most favourite part of the garden. All the succulents in here are frost hardy and will survive but this photo shows just how hardy these plants are.
I have a few pots of Sempervivums now. This is just a selection. Also know as House Leeks these go to sleep in the winter. As you can see a few of them look like they are suffering but these will bounce back in the spring and should produce lots of babies.
5. Heuchera cuttings
I took a few cuttings of my Heuchera’s last week just in case I have some spaces in the garden. They seem to be growing well.
6. Sedum Forsterianum
Another low growing Sedum this is almost living up to it’s name in a muddled way. Found all around the country. I have got this against the sleepers underneath my dry bed and it is filling in brilliantly. Will probably have to keep an eye on it but like all Sedums it is hardy and will thrive after a good cut back.
That is my SOS. Gardening might have to take a back stop this weekend as off to watch Spurs v Newcastle, Ireland v England and the Super Bowl.
Until next time goodbye.