Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well what a soggy week this week has been. Mind you I am not complaining in my post last week about the gardening struggling due to lack of water and my water butts are full up again.
Gardening opportunities have been limited this week mostly because of the rain but I have tweaked my ankle a little after last weekends shenanigans in York. Before you ask it was nothing to do with all the beer I drink…honest!
I have started to move some of the pots and junk I have got near the hedge as it will be getting cut in the next couple of weeks. As I said before I don’t trust myself with a hedge cutter so I get a man who can.
Her is my SOS.
1. Dry trough.
An experiment from last year this is really starting to come into it’s own. All the Sedums are starting to fill in and it looks very vibrant and alive. I am going to leave this trough alone for the most part bur might add a couple of more types of Sedum if I find think they will enhance the trough.
2. Lavender Failure
I bought 18 plug plants of lavender from J Parker’s last year and I have only got one left. I gave a few of them left. I gave away a few and kept 6 but 5 of them have died and look like the above. I suspect that the ground may have been too wet. I always thought where I had planted them had good enough drainage but obviously I was wrong. When I buy another plant I will make sure that I add loads of grit and sand. I realise that some Lavenders don’t like cold temperatures but this winter has been relatively warm. It would be interesting to see your thoughts on this.
3. Sempervivum Othello
Following on from the last post about the ground being to soggy. This Sempervivum is planted right next door to 2 of the lavenders that have not taken. Same soil and a plant that doesn’t like soggy soil but a plant that is thriving. The burgundy rosettes of this plant are some of the biggest I have got in my collection. I have planted 6 Semps directly in the garden and all are doing well. If I can find any other Sempervivums with relatively big rosettes I will plant them directly into the garden as well. One of the borders around the front is relatively dry because it is built on top of paving stones and it gets a lot of sun in the summer.
4. New Shelving Succulents
To manager my succulents a little bit better I have bought this shelving to put my succulents on. This should help me protect them fro the direct sunlight in the height of summer. It is just a cheap one from Homebase and it looks like I am going to have to create some new shelves as the ones supplied are very flimsy and not waterproof.
5. Saxifraga London Pride
A somewhat overlooked and forgotten plant. I picked up a couple of cuttings from a deserted garden next door to my sister. This plant can be very invasive so I will have to be vigilant. As you can see from above the leaves have taken on a Zingy like green colour. The flower heads are starting to point through and should start to flower by the end of the month. In Ireland it is known as St Patrick’s cabbage.
6. Allium Mount Everest
I think this is Allium Mount Everest. I bought 3 lots of Alliums last winter and going by photo’s on the internet this is it plus I only bought 3 bulbs and 2 are showing. The shaft is very thick and reminds me of a show leek. My father used to grow show leeks for his factory show each year. Not very successfully but I can still remember as a kid driving with him to his workmates to pick up all sort of concoctions which is usually involves sheep’s droppings and seaweed.
That is my SOS.
I am away out to see how the succulent I left out in the downpour. I have scanned them quickly and all seems in order. I will also be putting up some shelving in the garden to put my succulents on and keep out of the direct sun.
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Until next week goodbye.