Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
Well this week has been a tad moist to say the least. We escaped the deluge the South has on Monday and Tuesday and TBH we had a couple of good sunny days. However we made up for it on Wednesday and Thursday and the garden is soaking. I guess this will be good for the plants in the long run. Plant wise I escaped any serious damage compared to some of the reports I have seen on Twitter.
I have forced myself to have a bit of rest from buying new plants this month. I am glad to say it is going well and have only bought 12 new plants this week! Whoops. All of them are Alpines and to me they don’t count as plants. Plants are trees, shrubs and large perennials right?
My garden is a bit of a mess at the minute as we have been doing some decorating and as we have a small flat most of the rubbish has found itself into the garden. I am off in a weeks time and it looks like my first job will be a few trips up to the tip.
Here is my SOS
That is enough now for this summer. Thank you.
1a. Dianthus Devon Wizard.
I have a few carnations in the garden this year. A few are struggling because I keep moving them but they will come next year. This one is the star of the show this year. A strong grower with long stalks and a prolific flowerer this is the star of the show in the front garden border this year.
2. Primula Vialli
I planted this in early spring. A lot of people grow this and TBH I was a bit non fussed about it. Now I have seen it flowering in my garden I realise why many people grow it. It has a fantastic flower spike with Palmer violet and raspberry colours and it brightens up any border. Wish I had grown this sooner.
3. Digitalis Suttons Apricot
As I mentioned in an earlier blog these are one of the first plants I have grown from seed. I have planted them in 3 parts of the garden and these are the tallest by far. I guess it is because these are planted in the new border which was mostly filled with multi purpose compost and at North facing so they have to grow a bit more to get the light. As with all digitalis the bees love them and they are always a “hive” of activity. I only lost one stalk during the bad weather but I have to put canes in beside all the tall stalks now to keep them going.
4. Rose Tottering by Gently
This David Austin bred rose is a really show stopper. Named after a cartoon from the Country Life magazine (never read it) I was drawn to the description on the label. It produces masses of simple yellow roses. A shrub rose it is going great guns. It was battered a bit by the rain and wind this week but a day of sun yesterday has meant that this has bounced back. This is going to be a focal point for the garden for years to come.
5. Dry trough
Planted a 18 months ago this has filled in with aplomb. It has mostly for Sedums and Sempervivums in but it also has a couple of Saxifraga and I have just planted it’s second Thymus plants called Russerings. The flowering sedums are Carpe Blanco in the front and Purperum in the back. This sits at knee level on sleepers just in front of the previous mentioned Rose and makes a good contrast.
6. Aeonium Firecracker
By far my most mature Aeonium this has benefited hugely from this weeks rain. It has masses of offshoots and all have more than double this week. I have already taken 4 offshoots off and I potted these on. By the looks of it there will be more to come.
Well that is my SOS. I will try and be on my best behaviour and buy any more plants this week……I am on call this weekend so gardening opportunities might be limited. I hope it is drier for everyone this weekend.
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Until next week goodbye.