Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well what a difference a week mates. Record temperatures last week and back to Spring weather this week and more rain than you can shake a soggy stick at.
I have been working away from home this week and been staying around the Central Belt of Scotland for convenience. I didn’t check the weather properly before I left and have been worried about some of the tender plants I had left out. Luckily all seems to have survived with only a couple of near misses (first post).
The deluge had been very much welcome in some parts of the garden. All plants seem to be well advanced compared to last year but with the weather starting to take a more cooler route it will be interesting to see what happens.
Here is my SOS
1. Succulent Ice Lolly
As I said in my introduction I was away with with work this week and did not check the weather forecast properly. I foolishly put these succulents in a saucer before I went away. Imagine my cursing when I woke up on Friday morning and survey the garden for damage and came across this. Thankfully they all seem ok and are currently defrosting in my house. Needless to say saucers shall only be getting used in the house as they should be.
2. New Aeoniums
I mentioned last week that I had a mixed outcome to my Aeoniums over winter. I took delivery this week of a new batch of Aeoniums from Surreal Succulents and J have ordered a “Aeonium House” from Aldi so I do not make the. Same mistake twice. As always the plants I have got from Surreal Succulents are first class. Amongst them I have Aeonium Mardi Gras, Sunburst, Emerald Flame, Mariner L’Aposstle, Volkeri, Ron Dale, and Mascanaese
3. Saxifraga Winifred Bevington.
I thought I had planted this in the wrong place last year as all trace of it had disappeared. I thought where I had planted this was to wet. However having thought of it the strip of soil it is planted in is thin and it gets very dry during the summer. This variety has wonderful red, orange and green leaves. Hopefully it should start flowering in April.
4. Pulsatilla Vulgaritas White Swan
About to burst into flower. When this starts to flower you know Spring is here.
5. Tulip Polychroma
A wildflower tulip this is the first time I have grown it. Multi headed it is of course one of the earliest flowering tulips. I have planted this on a pot with another tulip Albion Star but I am going to plant these tulips direct in the garden later on in the year to naturalise.
6. 2019 Semperviums
I took delivery of some new Semps this year and planted them in one container. These include El Toro, Grey Ghost, Pacific Blue, Traffic Lights, Sioux, Devon Jewel and Brown Owl. This is the best time to plant Semps in my opinion as there is a good chance they will flower twice in a year. Of course as Sempervivums are monocarpic they will produce lots of new rosettes to replace the rosettes that flower die. This is why Semps are sometimes described as always living. I bought most of these plants from Sempervivums by Post and as always the plants sent out were top quality and healthy.
That is my SOS this week
It looks like this weekend is going to be wet and windy but I am sure there will be lots of opportunities to get in the garden.
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Until next week goodbye.