Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
The weather seems to be getting better. Although the sunny days have been followed by frosty nights. I have been brave and only put some of my tender succulents under cover and leaving the rest to the elements and I am pleased to say I have no casualties.
This has to be one of the best times of the years with the nights drawing out. Spending an hour in the garden after work has to be one of the best ways to beat work related stress. I have also been on Slug patrol when I come home and I have been taken no prisoners. I have a couple of beer traps set up and these have dealt with a lot of baby slugs. I am giving them a good send of as at the moment I am using a South Korean red beer. I don’t like killing animals but the way see it we don’t put all this hard work in the garden just to feed slugs.
Here is my SOS.
1. Sempervivum Atlanticum
I got this Sempervivum free when I bought my 2019 Sempervivums from Sempervivums by Post and I am delighted to see all the babies it is producing. This variety of Sempervivum is from Morocco. It can stand cold temperatures of up to -32 degrees centigrade. It leaves can turn red if it gets a lot of sun. It will be interesting to see how many babies this produces.
2. Hardy Succulents grouped together.
I spent part of last Sunday grouping all my hardy succulents together on sleepers in the centre of the garden. I am starting to get quite a collection. Top left is the 2 new troughs I planted up earlier in the year. As you can see they are a bit white and bright so I have distressed them up with some dirt. Top right is the famous dry trough which I featured last week and in many other posts. I have put all my named Sempervivums in small pots just for ease of identifying them.
3. Hepatica Leaves
I bought 2 Hepaticas (Liver Wort) last year and they have not produced very many flowers. The flowers are pretty dainty and only last a day or so. I will have to make do with the leaves this year. I will report later on in the year and put some grit on the top of the pot so hopefully I can see the flowers better next year.
4. Anemonopsis Macrophylla
I bought this plant this time last year and unfortunately it struggled a bit. It is a woodland plant and I planted it too much sunshine. I have moved it into a more shadier place this year to see if it performs better. The leaves brighten up a shady corner. Each leave consists of 3 leaflets. Some times known as a false anemone. The flowers will sit on a rigid stem and will nod down. This plant comes from Japan and adds something different to the garden.
For some reason I don’t see very many ladybirds in my garden. I was surprised and pleased to see this one last week. This is by far the earliest ladybird I have seen and it is probably due to the warm weather we had in February.Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and all my hard work to make the garden nature friendly is paying off (apart from the slugs).
I am going to be extra careful with my Aeoniums this year after many casualties last winter. I bough 8 new varieties in February and after hardening them off on Tereccottoa Pots with plenty of drainage I have begun to plant some of them direct into the mini gravel garden. I will be definitely lifting them up at the beginning of October this year and overwintering them back in the Terracotta Pots under cover. Above we have on the left A. Goblin and A. Emerald Flame. They should benefit from more moisture in the soil and the direct sunlight this part of the garden gets.
That is my SOS. I hope you enjoyed it. I am on call this weekend so gardening opportunities will probably be scarce with the run up to Easter. I will no doubt dabble in the garden briefly even if it is searching for slugs. I have just seen the weather forecast for next week and it is due to get much warmer which will be very much welcome.
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Until next week goodbye.