Six on Saturday 27th April 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

I am pleased to say we have actually had rain up here. It rained for a while on Thursday and apparently there is more in the way today. After the rain the garden is positively gleaming and sparkling. After the last couple of weeks of indulgence in new plants I have been restrained this week and only bought 4 new plants. I have managed to spend a couple of hours pottering around the garden every night this week. We also got the hedge and ivy cut by the man that can yesterday.

On Wednesday I was lucky to spend a elongated lunch break at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and explored the Rock Garden there which must be one of the best rock gardens in the world. There will be a blog to follow as I managed to get some great photo’s.

Here is my six.

1. Lewisia Cotleydon

I have this in a pot outside my front room window. This is the second year of flowering and as you can see it is covered wit flowers again. The stems aren’t as long as last year. Lewisia is from Oregon and Northern California. Named after Meriwether Lewis from the Lewis and Clerk Expedition In 1804 also know as Corps of Discovery which mapped out the parts of Western America. He discovered the plant at Lolo Creek. I have a fascination about the Lewis and Clark and have ordered a couple of books about the expedition.

2. Digitalis Suttons Apricot.

Grown from seed last year this plant is absolutely thriving with the weather conditions this year. I have it planted in 3 places. As I have said before it is the first time I have grown from seeds and I have to admit it has given me a buzz and most of all it is cheaper than buying plants from garden centres. I have grown 2 varieties from seed this year (sown last Ovtober), Digitalis Polkadot Pippa and Camelot King and I have planted them in their final pots are doing fantastic. These will be planted directly in the garden in the Autumn.

3. Sedum Box

Planted in February this box is coming into it’s own. This box has 2 new varieties for this year Sedum Spurium Purperum Winter and Sedum Sedifone Kent Belle. It also has Sedum Acre Aureum and Sedum Sexangulare.

4. Honeysuckle

I bought 2 Honeysuckles from Morrison’s last year for £1.76 each last year. The varieties escape me but one of them is yellow and the other red. After a year of bedding in last year these plants are taking off fast. Hopefully they will flower this year. Next time I am in Morrisons I will find out what varieties they might be because they seem to be selling the same plants this year.

5. Bastard Balm

Another purchase from Edrom Nursery last year this plant struggled wit pests last year. However so far this year it is looking very healthy this year.

6. Tulip Yokohoma

I have included this Tulip in a blog I wrote this week about a selection of the Tulips I am growing this year in the garden Tulip Spectacular . T his is one of my favourite ones this year. A striking colour. I particularly like racing stripe on the sepal which is funny as Yokohama is also a name of a brand of tyre. The colouring also reminds me of a Lotus Elise sports car livery.

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Have a blooming good gardening week.

Until next week goodbye.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    The honeysuckle looks well and the tulips and Aethionema are beautiful. Love foxgloves. Looking forward to seeing the Suttons Apricot when they flower.

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  2. Lovely mixture of Sedums and other healthy plants! You may, if you get the chance, see that my Sedums in the troughs are doing well and I am hoping that they don’t grow too much because they fit in nicely as they are.

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    1. I will have a look when I am on the train Granny. I am going to taste test a few beers in my garden….


  3. fredgardener says:

    My lewisia will soon bloom .. I can’t wait! In addition mine has given lots of babies next….
    I do like your yellow tulips. The shape is elegant and the color is bright.

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    1. I have frew some Lewisia from seed. I dowed them 18 months ago and they are slow growrs. I don’t think they will flower this year.

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  4. cavershamjj says:

    Stephen Ambrose wrote a great and very readable history of the Lewis and Clarke expedition. Undaunted Courage I think it is called, well worth a read.

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    1. Thanks I will have alook for that book.


  5. Lora Hughes says:

    Everything’s looking great, but particularly love that sedum box & the tulip.

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    1. Thanks Lora. I habe been blessed with some great tulips this year.


  6. Noelle says:

    I like the idea of a sedum box…..

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    1. Thanks it adds an extra dimension to the garden.


  7. The sedum box is looking great. I still haven’t got round to planting mine in groups, they’re in individual pots that are being blown around the patio courtesy of Storm Hannah at the moment. I’ve had to rescue some into the glasshouse.

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  8. March Picker says:

    Yes, the racing stripe is cool! I was just noticing Lewisia at a nursery yesterday and just barely resisted.

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    1. Heyjude says:

      You know don’t you that resistance is futile. Next time you see one you will buy it.

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    2. It will still be there if you go back.

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    3. We didn’t get Storm Hannah up here thankfully


  9. The colour of the lewisia is great, love it! Sutton’s Apricot is a wonderful foxglove, don’t know the others, I look forward to seeing them in bloom. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Yes I am lioking forward to see them flower to.

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  10. Heyjude says:

    Everything is looking very healthy in your garden. I have just bought a Lewisia, no where near to flowering though.

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    1. Thanks Jude. The weather has been kind to me this year.

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  11. Jim Stephens says:

    Bastard balm grows along one of the lanes near here, I took a not short cut that way on Thursday to see if it was doing anything, but not flowering yet. I bought a named one a couple of years ago which produces seed and I have seedlings which I’m going to plant in the wilder fringes of the garden. Shame about the smell though.

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    1. Morning Jim. I haven’t really noticed a smell. I will have a smell when I walk past.


  12. Sedum box looks great.

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