Good morning and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
Well it’s official the weather has been barmy this week. Record temperatures and moorland and gorse fires at Saddleworth Moor and On Arthur’s Seat (poor chap!). Luckily the weather seems to have hit the factory reboot button and yesterday was lovely and damp. And the garden is looking better for it.
I am on call this weekend so this weeks blog will be short and sweet.
Here is my six.
1. Echerveria Elegans
I have put some of my hardier Echerverias back out in the open and they are starting reaping the benefits. I had to take a photo of this as the drizzle made it look sparkly. Of course we will probably have another cold spell soon so I will have to keep an eye on them. In fact we are forecast for rain this weekend so I might bring them in to protect them getting over wet and turning to mush. The photo does not do this plant justice as it is around a foot wide.
2. Sempervivum Mrs Giuseppe
I thought I had killed this plant last year and threw it in a corner of the garden.
3. Lewisia Cotleydon
This plant is really looking healthy and by the looks of it it is going to burst with flowers. I left it in the pot it was in last year and made sure that any dead leaves were removed from it if any fell onto it from trees. The way it is going I might have to repost it this year.
I took the opportunity with the nice weather last weekend to pot on some seedling. Above we have Digitalis Camelot Cream and Aquilegis Salmon Rose. I like many people (Mr P especially) only keep 6 or 8 seedings to grow on as you soon run out of space if you keep all of them. Survival of the fittest springs to mind.
5. Primula Denticula
By the looks of it this is going to be a bumper year for primulas. However is it normal for the flower head to form before the leaves like this. Obviously the leaves will catch up but to me that looks a bit weird.
6. Semi Hardy Sedum cuttings.
I took these cuttings last year and they have remained dormant since then. They are starting to grow now. On the left we have Cremosedum Crocodile and on the Right we have Sedum Clavatum also known as Ticalatengo Gorge Sedum. Unfortunately the parent plant succumbed to the damp weather over the winter but hopefully this baby will last. Tiscalatengo Gorge is the valley in Mexico where this was first found but it is said to grow in other places in Mexico and California was . The 2 red Echerverias at the back are some sort of agovaides cross but are not very stable. If you look at them funny they start to rot.
Oh bonus while I was writing this blog I have just received my Dahlia Tubers. Bring on the beginning of April…
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That is my SOS.