Good morning and welcome to SOS.
It is a working weekend this weekend and the Six Nations is still on so gardening opportunities will be limited no doubt. During the week I managed to do some tidying up in the garden and I planted a new Sedum trough (photo’s to follow).
On Tuesday I spent a rainy lunchtime at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. Although it was raining I had a thoroughly good 45 mins here (I only get 30 mins for lunch :)). You could notice most of the shrubs and trees were waking up after winter and most of them had an expectant glow. Some of the Rhododendron bushes were laden with flower buds. As always I made a Beeline for the Alpine Beds.
Here is this weeks six
1. Bamburgh Castle
The first picture is not of the Botanical Garden but of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. I had my lunch opposite here on Monday. Not only does this picture show I live in one of the most beautiful Counties in Britain but it shows how vibrant the green looked on the bank after up to the Castle after the snow had melted from the weekend.
2. Herbaceous Border
The Herbaceous Border at RBGE really is a site to behold. Obviously at this time of year it looks boring but in 10 weeks time this will be full of plants. One thing that makes me the is the quality of the compost at the Gardens is like Black Gold.
3. Tufa Wall
This specially built wall is made from limestone and is highly porous. Alpines thrive on this wall and at RGBE they have a wide variety of plants from all over the world. The wall is mostly covered with Saxifraga, Draba, Primulas and Dionysian. There is an inside part to the garden and an outside garden and even in he middle of winter there is always something to catch your eye.
4. Draba Longisiliqua
Draba also known as Whitlow Grass os a member of the Brassicaceae family. I think these plants are wonderful and a little bit out the ordinary. I think they need dry conditions so growing them in a garden is a no no. Plus J don’t think these plants are freely available.
5. Spring Bulbs
They have a wonderful collection of bulbs at the garden and they always deliver year after year.
6. Sempervivum Tectorum
It just would not be a blog written by me if I don’t have a succulent in it would it. I had to search fo a succulent when I was there but I eventually found one. I am sure you will agree the colours of this plant are stunning. For some reason there was hardly any Sedums?
That is this weeks SOS. I hope you have enjoyed it.
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