Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
As you are probably aware it has been a tad wet this week and it actually rained for a whole 24 hours on Wednesday which was very much welcome as the gardens really needed but by heck it has been cold for May. Thankfully it looks like it will be getting warmer in the next few days.
I have had an extremely busy couple of weeks at work and have driven over 2000 miles. One of the advantages of this is that I make sure if I am in a different area to visit a garden centre for my lunch. This week I had to drive down to Preston so coming back I popped into the garden centre at Barton on the A6 North of Preston and by heck it was big. I did buy a couple of hanging basket terracotta pots which is going to be a welcome addition to the garden. No doubt these will be featured in future posts.
With all the driving I spend a lot of time looking a verges. I am becoming increasingly wound up with the plastic wrap that the landscape gardeners that are being put around new bushes and trees around the country. I realise they are there to stop deers and rabbits gnawing at them but why does nobody remove them when the plant is established. The country is littered with them! It is driving me insane! Anyways back to my garden!
I have just started a weeks holiday and J am spending it at home. I will be spending most of it on the garden. I am also going to pay a visit to Branklyn Gardens in Perth to have a look at the their Rhododendrons and Mecanopsis, both of which are vast.
Here is my SOS.
1. Sempervivum Alladin
This plant is in the mini gravel garden and is starting to fill in nicely. All my Sempervivums are sprouting babies from the rosettes that are probably going to flower. The flowers of Sempervivums are some times know as death blooms as when they finish flowering the rosette will die and the chicks/babies will take over.
2. Sedum Clavatum in Flower
One of my Tender succulents has started to flower despite the weather this week. Sedum Clavatum is from a small area in Mexico. I had this plant last year but the main plant died. I took some offsets and they are still alive but not growing very fast. I bought this particular plant this year. Like most sedums the flowers are small and dainty and as you can see there are still many flowers to come.
3. Pasqueflower seed heads
One of the most prettiest seed heads out there, these always add an extra dimension to the plant and extend it’s interest.
4. Camellia Eugenia de Montijo
Bought this year this plant has started to flower. The flowers as you can see are fantastic and the size of a small saucer. This is planted in my new border which has been enriched with some Eraceious Compost. It has not grown very much hence why the flower is hiding. When I bought it it said on the label that it was Eugenia de Monjito but I am not sure it is as it does not match any photo’s on the internet but that is just a minor issue if all the flowers are going to be like this.
5. Allium Summer Drummer
A late flower this Allium will grow to 1.5m to 2.5m. You can see why it is called Summer Drummer because the stem and flower bug look a bit like a drumstick. In the back ground you can see my potting bench which needs an good tidy which will be one of my holiday jobs this week.
I have 3 varieties of Orostachys at the moment. Above we have Iwarenge and Spinosa. The Spinosa has changed phase again and it looks like it is definitely going to flower this year (a death bloom). Luckily it is monicarpic and you can see a little baby poking out on the left. I have managed to get many offsets all in different stages. Fingers crossed I could have 8 or 9 at this stage next year. The other variety I have got is Orostachys Japonica.
That is my SOS.
Poking my head out the front door this morning it really looks like the weather has turned for the positive so it looks like I will be spending most of the week in the garden.
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Until next week goodbye.