Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well after a very wet week last week this weeks has been a bit more Spring like in weather if a little bit on the chilly side. If you believe the weather forecast for today then it is forecast for snow but I am sure that will be in the hills.
Gardening wise has been limited as I have been busy at work. On Thursday I got the chance to work at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. I had to move a couple of IT systems from one cabinet to another but unfortunately the job turned into a bit of a nightmare as I managed to knock the Broadband off for the sales office. On the plus side however there was plenty of places to hide and relax!
Here is my SOS.
1. Tulip Albion Star
My first flowering hybrid tulip of the year and wow what a beauty. Star in the name and star by nature. I have no idea if it is supposed to flower this early but interestingly enough it is in the same pot a Tulip Polychroma which I featured last week and is an early flowerer.
2. Grand opening of the “Aeonium House”
I took delivery this week of the small wooden greenhouse I bought from Aldi (£59.99) last year and assembled it on Thursday night. I celebrated the opening by having a cup of tea and wondering where the 2 screws should go that I had left. The size of this is just perfect and it should be more than adequate to put my Aeoniums in over winter. As greenhouses go it is certainly on a small scale and I don’t think we could compare it to the new ones that will be built at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh over the next few years New glasshouse RBGE. This looks fantastic I can’t wait till it opens.
3. Orostachys Japonica
I took delivery of a new Orostachys this week and to say I am excited about it is an understatement. Orostachys Japononica is a native of Japan, China and Korea. Also know as Rock Pine it is a herb that is Biennial/Monicarpic. I bought 2 plants on Ebay from Spain and I have managed to split them into over 20 different mini plants. The flower spikes look immense.
4. Primula Bellerina Pink Ice
The first double primula I have bought and it will not be the last. I bought this when up at Branklyn Gardens last year. The flower is a wonderful kaleidoscope of couloir that funnily enough looks like Pink Ice!
5. Sempervivum Virgil
This Sempervivum is a wonderful shade of light purple. All the Sempervivums are really coming into their own this time of the year. Soon they will be producing babies and some of them will start producing a flower spike and start to flower and ultimately die but not before producing babies.
6. Choiysa Tenatra Mexican Orange Blossom
First time growing tbis hopefully it will start to flower soon. Foliage wise the leaves do not dissapoint. I have a number of shrubs dotted around my garden nowand they really have changed the dynamics of the garden especially the evergreen ones. I wasn’t really a fan of shrubs as I think some of them can grow to big but I am sure after some strategic pruning I will keep them in check.
Well that is my SOS for today.
It looks like it is going to be a washout today. Luckily it is the final weekend of the six nations. So I will be spending most of today in front of the telly. C’mon Englang and c’mon Ireland. Hopefully things will brighten up tomorrow.
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