Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well it looks like if this weekend we are going to have typical bank holiday weather. Showers and a cold Arctic Wind. However I will not be rushing out to put anything undercover as all the weather models I have seen for my area shows there should not be a frost where I live on the coast, I am unfortunately working this weekend I am a bit of a lazy git sometimes.
I have gone big with Hostas this weekend in more ways than one and I have bought 5 varieties from Ballyrobert Gardens from Northern Ireland. I have bought plants from here before and they always are quality plants.
The good weather we have had so far this year really is making the garden look good. The shrubs in my garden always take on the sheen at this time of the year and I have even noticed some of the patches of shrubs in Newcastle City Centre are positively glowing this year instead of looking dry and untidy like they usually do.
Here is my SOS
1. Hosta Empress Wu
I tend to buy my plants on a Sunday evening on the net when watching Countryfile. I don’t know if it is the pictures of green fields and nature but it always seems to make me order plants. After my visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh last week I had Hosta envy. So as there is no known cure I ordered 5 Hostas. Like most of my impulse buys I don’t really check all the details of the plants J am buying. I order my plants like I bet on the horses, I buy/bet like the name of the plant/horse and the colour of the plant/jockeys colours. So I was surprised to find out the this variety Empress Wu is actually one of the biggest cultivars you can buy. I was a little bit shocked to say the least as my garden is fairly small but after thinking about it if it does well then wow what a talking point this is gong to be. It could however be a full all you can eat buffet for the SaS but having read up on the varieties supplied by this supplier it could do ok. No doubt if this does take off it will be the subject of many a post to come.
2. Heuchera Bella Notte or Melting Fire
I bought 2 Heucheras that looked exactly the same within 2 weeks of each other and planted them next to each other. Unfortunately I won’t know which is which until it flowers. I took this photo at 6.30 am on Thursday morning as the colour of the little blighters shell caught my eye in the damp. I gave it a stay of execution as most of the plants in the border where it is is slug resistant. If it was in another part of the garden it might not be so lucky.
3. Erysium Golden Jubilee
This is one of the best performing plants in my garden. Flowers profusely every Spring and well into the summer. Just need to give it a brief trim in the winter and let it do it’s thing.
Possibly Goldflame but not sure. This plant had been suffering for years in a dry area beside the hedge. This was the first plant I planted in the new area behind the shed. The area is sheltered, more shaded and full of damp compost rich soil and by the looks of it this plant is loving it.
5. Red Tulip Hollandia
Simple but one of the most stunning looking tulips I have in my garden. Planted in my main border and just left to get on with it.
6. Most important plant in the garden
All plants are important in the garden but this hedge is one of the most important ones. Planted in the east side of the garden this runs the gardens full length. It stands 10 feet hide and acts as a barrier against all the cold weather that comes off the North Sea in the winter. I would like to take credit for the cutting of it but we get an man that cut it.
That is my SOS. I am working this weekend and it is the Spring Beer festival at my local Micro Pub so there may be very little gardening this weekend.
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Until next week goodbye.