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.
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.