Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
What half a year gone already? Where did that go? On Thursday something weird happened and the Sun came out and we had heat for a change!
As I said in last weeks SOS I am on holiday this week but only managed to go to one of the gardens on the list as I found out my local Micropub is celebrating it’s 5th birthday so OOf course I will have to attend that as it would be rude not to! I did go RHS Harlow Carr and I wrote a blog here. My visit to Threave Castle in Dumfries and Galloway will have to wait. I am sire it is not going anywhere!
Here is my six.
1. Campanula Persicifolia Alba
This plant is at the front of the houses beside the wall. The whiteness of the flowers is dazzling and it always grabs my eye when I lookout the of kitchen window. I bought it from the local garden centre in one of those buy 4 plants for a tenner and it certainly was good value. I have decided it once and now have a second plant. I am sure this plant will be getting divided multiple times.
2 Verbena Bonariensis
For some reason, I can’t remember why I removed the parent plant last year. Obviously it has self seeded which is good but I am sure this years flower is paler and is flowering earlier. I am not complaining however. A firm favourite with bees and butterflies this one will be staying put this year.
3. Front Border no 1
Taken during the falling sun in Thursday night . The front of my house is a driveway where I park my work van and car but in each front corner there is a corner bed. I am not to sure but I think part of them is on paving slabs which means that every summer the soil gets dry during the summer. This means that planting can be challenging at times. This is the first photo I have taken of the whole border for the blog and for the first time I am pleased with the planting scheme. As you can see I have all sorts planted in it and Dianthus, Rock Roses, Sedums, Sempervivums perform really well. You can see the Campanula in the background and a Blue Carpet Juniper in the left corner. The pink Dianthus is Devon Wizard and the one beside it is Doris. To the left amongst the “tramlines” is my Alpine wall where I have many Sedums. In the picture you can seed Sedum Fuduglut, S. Sarmemstoum (lime green) and art the back with the tall spires is S. Blue Spruce. My other front of border is not a patch on this but I am working on it.
4. Aeonium Firecracker.
I have a couple of mature Aeoniums in my collection. This one is the most prolific grower. Lime Green leaves on the centre and purple in the outside it has looked a little bit messy so far this year but it is starting to look great. This plant offshoots readily and I have already taken a few offshoots as back up.
5. Cupid’s Dart (Catanach Caerula).
Not the best photo because it is a bit like grass. I had a mystery plant in one of the borders at the front of my house. Grass like stems which looked to have a paper seed like head. I was a little confused after this appeared. After a bit of research I found it was Cupid’s Dart. Then it dawned on me I had actually from this from seed. I had sown then last year and planted 4 seedlings last year and totally forgotten about them. It looks like only one has survived but I am not complaining. I will post photo’s once it flowed. I gave a silent whoop when I found out what it was and I will give it a feed when I water it tonight.
6. Sedum Fosteranium
As with most small sedums this Sedum has a yellow flower. A prolific grower this spawns s up flower spikes. A native species to Britain this can be found nationwide but mainly on the West Country and Wales.
That is my SOS this week. I hope you have enjoyed it. The weather looks great this weekend so enjoy your gardening. I will be spending this weekend at my local celebrating it’s fifth birthday and planning a new project for the rest of the hear.
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Until Next week goodbye.