Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Rumour has it we are supposed to be having some warm weather this weekend although when I wrote this blog mostly on Thursday there is still a cold breeze coming off the North Sea from the Baltic all week. However yesterday’s temperatures more than made up for it and to make things even better we had a heavy dew yesterday morning which the plants enjoyed.
I have taken delivery and bought about 18 – 20 more plants this week. Mostly Alpine but a couple of Echerverias miraculously appeared from E bay🤗. It has been dry this week and I have started to mulch my borders with compost to try and give them a boost and keep more water after last years problems with lack of rain.
Here is my SOS.
1. Tulip Miami Sunset
Or Barrats Fruit Salad as I call it. All my tulips are starting to open this week and this one has caught my eye. This is my first time I have grown this one and it is already on my list for next year. I am toying with the idea of keeping a few of my tulips in the pots and not lifting them when they have died back. I will be keeping them in a shady place. I realise that you can’t guarantee hybrid tulips will flower properly the next year. I do have a couple of varieties flowering ok for the second time one of them is the variety Ronaldo.
2. Eryngium Neptune’s gold.
I have bought a couple of Sea Hollies this week to add to my collection. I have 6 different varieties now as they of course can with stand drought. This is a newish variety. It’s leaves stand out and you can see them from yards away. The flowers are supposedly electric blue which is sounds exciting.
3. Heuchera Marmalade
Like my collection of Eryngiums my collection of Heucheras is growing. This one Marmalade is one of my favourites at the moment. Soon they should start to flower and they flower for a long time and attract bees.
4. Aeonium Zwartkop and Velour
As I wrote last week I have started to plant some of the Aeoniums directly into the garden. This week I have planted my Zwartkop and Velour plants. The Zwartkop one I bought from EBay and when it arrived the cutting was small and weedy but now it has quadrupled in size and looks healthy and glossy. These will be dug up and put in pots in the winter and stored under glass.
5. Omphalodes Cappadocica Starry Eyes
Also know as Navelwort this Alpine likes part shady moist areas. I thought I had lost it last year as J could not see any trace of it. However it has reappeared this year. The flowers are so beautiful they look like porcelain. This is a plant that when it catches your eye you can’t stop looking for it when you are on the garden. Omaphalodes were actually mentioned in gardeners world by Carol Klein last night.
6. Saxifraga Whitehills
Looks like this Saxifraga is going to flower this year. It didn’t go anything last year but it is looking positive this year. Grey, blue and green coloured rosettes that turn purple in the sun. This plant is starting to grow big and is becoming a standout plant in my troughs.
That is my SOS.
I am working today so going to have to concentrate on the garden on Sunday. If anyone wants to come along I will be doing a rain dance on Sunday because I really don’t want to get the hose out until middle of May at least and parts of the garden are getting parched.
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Until next week bye.