Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
I have been off this week so gardening has taken central stage. I have not been out in my garden as much as I would like as my Nephew Tom turned 18 so I had to buy him his first pint or 6 from his ever sensible uncle. I did spend Thursday and Friday and visited Branklyn Gardens and Japanese Garden, Cowden Castle as well as searching for the Holy Grail st Doune Castle – I was not using Coconuts.
My hay fever has been pretty bad this week and I am blaming the fields of oils seed rape that seem to be taken over the countryside where I live. It got so bad my eyes were stinging when I drove up to Edinburgh on Wednesday. Surely farmers have to be made to plant these fields away from main roads.
Here is my SOS.
1. Lewisia Rediviva Pink Form
This flower fills me with delight. I have grown this pant from seed. I showed the seeds 18 months ago and the first flower bloomed this week. The flower is stunning with candy pink and white petals, light pink and dark bunk Anthers and a light pink and yellow stamen. Funnily enough when I was at Branklyn Gardens this week I got talking to one of the gardeners and he said that one of their projects is going to be to fill one of the borders down the side of the house with Lewisia like it was in the 70’s.
2. Geum Mai Tai
Part of the Cocktail Series this is one of my favourites. Flowers over a long period during the Summer Months. Split this plant last year and now have it in 3 places and all plants are doing well.
3. Tulip BleuAmicable
This is the second year of flowering. It is a little bit lighter this year in colour in colour but the centre of the flower is still vivid and so vibrant. The colours remind me of a night sky.
4. A trio of Heucheras
I wonder what a collection of different colour Heucheras? A garish? A Dulux? An Opal Fruit of Heuchera’s. These may not be to everyone’s liking but I think they are fantastic. They add colour all year around and there dainty flowers on long coloured stalks always add a bit of interest to the borders in the summer. Above we have 3 varieties Lime Marmalade, Red Sea and Marmalade. I was surprised to see a couple of brightly covered Heucheras in both Branklyn Gardens and the Japanese Garden this week.
5. Saxifraga Southside Star
A plant that has a dainty white flower with a red stripe. I moved this plant into a more sheltered area last year and it seems to be thriving. This is now going to be it’s permanent home so hopefully it will go from strength to strength.
6. Smashed pot
A pot came apart in my hand when I moved one this year to take the Tulip bulbs out. I have seen these “fairy” gardens on the internet before and was a bit sniffy about them. However I had a changed of mind this week as I have enough crocks from broken pots and didn’t want to put it to waste. So in Monday morning I spent an hour planting this up and whilst I am a 100% convert I quite like it especially because it was a big pot and I have managed to plant a lot of plants in it from separate pots.
That is my SOS.
Unfortunately it’s back to work for me on Monday but thankfully I have another holiday in 4 weeks time.
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Until next week goodbye.