Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Pinch punch it’s the first of the month and by the end of the month the nights will be drawing in lol.
The garden is in full growing mode and it is the time of year when you always see loads of new growth and flowers when you come home. We have had more rain this week and even more rain this week and it is getting a little boring now. However my water butts are just about full and the garden is positively gleaming and looks completely different compared to this time last year. Having said that I have just looked at the 10 day forecast and it does look like it is gong to be a tad inclement. Remind me never again to compare in my blog about “drought” conditions
I was very lucky to spend a couple of hours at Lilburn Tower gardens on Sunday afternoon which was open for the NGS open day. The gardens were fantastic, especially the pond garden. I have written a blog about it here Lilburn Tower Gardens.
Here is my six.
We’ll failure is a bit strong, more like ignorance. This Bridge of Sighs climbing rose is has extremely health leaves and vigorous growth but obviously aphids are eating the flowers. Needless to say a spray has been purchased and all roses will be treated this weekend.
2. Armeria Martina tall stalk
This is probably a common variety of Armeria but the stalks are pretty tall compare to the other ones I have got. Brought in a reduced to clear corner of a Garden Centre the stakes are about 30cm fall and are far taller than the other variety I have got which has the same flower. The flowers are really vibrant. Sea Thrift really is a much underrated plant and will always have a place in my garden. Yesterday I noticed huge clumps of sea thrift on the verge of the A1 just North of Berwick. I had never seen them there before.
3. Actae Simplex (Baneberry).
I now have this in 2 places. One in my shady border and the other one in a small strip of earth in front of my mini gravel garden. The dark brown leaves always give you a different colour in the garden then in Autumn it produce white flower spikes with a hint of baby Pink that bees love. This is doing really well this year so much so it might need divided.
4. Allium Mount Everest
This is the Allium that when it was growing I thought it was a show leek. This is the first year I have grown it and it lives up to the reviews I read in people’s blogs last year. It has beautiful white flowers that shimmer in the sun. Definitely going to have to have this in my garden every year. Question how long do Allium Bulbs last?
5. Dahlias planted
There seems to be a lot of folk lore and advice when it comes to planting Dahlia’s directly into the garden but two weeks ago I planted these directly into the garden and it seems to be going well. This year the selection includes Blu Bayou, Micks Peppermint, Christopher Taylor, Polka, Embrace and Silver City.
6. Clematis Josephine
This plant has a big bud which opens to an unusual shaped flower wit a cotton bud centre. Unfortunately it looks like the Aphids are starting to nibble at these as well so these will be getting sprayed this weekend.
That is my six.
I am off weekend and hopefully it will stay sunny. I should have some more Bolivian and Argentina cacti this weekend but they don’t seem to have arrived yet.
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Until next week goodbye.