Hello and to this weeks SOS.
The weather has been a little bit kinder this week and the garden is paying dividends. So much is going on in the garden I could write 5 six on Saturdays and only scratch the surface.
I have bought some new varieties of Sedum this week and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. They are Sedum Spurium Summer Snow, Sedum Spurium John Creech and Sedum Summer Glory (although I have since learnt that may be Sedum Dragons Blood which have already got). This weekend I am going to give half my tall Sedums (some fools actually call these Hylotelephium) a Chelsea chop and plant the cuttings on.
Here is my six.
1. New Sedums Troughs!
My friend Debs passed away a couple of years ago and I was visiting John her husband and a good friend when I saw these 2 planters in their garden. John is downsizing so I offered him some money for them. He would not take any and gifted to them to me saying Debs would want me to have them. I collected them and planted them up straight away. I have planted them with several Sedums and a Hidcote Lavender in each one. Sedum varieties include Oreganum, Caesars Gold, Green Mantle, Fuduglut, Hispacum, Dashyphllum and Cauticola.
2. Aeonium Zwartkop in the Rain
We had a lot of rain on Tuesday night and the garden was sparkling on Wednesday morning. This is the Aeonium I have directly in the garden. It is in my herbaceous Border and it is enjoying life. Since I got it as a tiny cutting in February it has grown 10 fold and is growing faster than ever. It will not be staying in the garden over winter and I will be lifting it in October.
I have 5 varieties of Eryngiums now. In this photo we have the lime green one Eryngium Neptune’s Gold a new variety and at the back Eryngium Alpinum Blue Star which is blending in with a rose. The rose is Tottering by Gently a David Austin variety and this is gonna be absolutely stunning. I will probably post photo’s next week.
4. Another border picture
The herbaceous Border is really looking fantastic if I do say so myself. It really is filling in nicely. The only casualty is a Dahlia which has been gobbled but SAS. In this picture you can see 3 Heucheras Marmalade, Lime Marmalade and Red Sea. A silver bush that has yellow flowers which I can never remember the name of, 2 x Allium Artopurpureum which are intertwined and have acted like a 2 headed serpent this week. Allium Mount Everest, Geum Mai Tai, a Hydrangea I. The top right and many other plants.
5. Clematis Josephine
I posted a photo of this last week and said I thought it has been nibbled by Aphids. I couldn’t have been more wrong! This really is a Liberace of a Clematis. All it needs is a grand piano and a candelabra and it would make a fortune.
6. Sempervivum Noir
A photo for Granny that shows you why these planes are called Hen and Chicks. The parent plant produces offsets so after it flowers and dies the chicks will keep it alive. This Sempervivum is one of the ones that I have planted directly into my gravel area. I have 5 Semps planted directly into the garden and all are doing well. This is a wee project I have got at the moment to utilise more areas of the garden with planting.
Granny is that enough Sedums and Sempervivums for this week?
it is raining this morning and looks like it is here for the day. The weather forecast is as they say changeable for next week with the slight chance of hail up here. I spoke to my boss who lives in Lancashire and he said they had a hail storm yesterday and all the flowers and plants in her garden have take a bartering. I am debating whether to put some of my Succulents under cover.
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Until this week goodbye.