Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
As I start to write this Blog the weather is distinctly autumnal. A cold front has moved in from the North and it has started to rain. I take sole responsibility for the change in the weather as I watered the garden on Wednesday night as according to the Yahoo weather forecast there was not going to be any rain for 10 days. I really must delete that app.
The garden is in a bit of a transition at the moment. The Suttons Apricot foxgloves have stopped flowering and will soon to be succeeded by the Lilies. On a plus note some of the foxgloves I sowed last autumn and planted in the gardening earlier in the year are starting to produce flower spikes.
Here is my 6.
1. Sedum Moranense
My favourite plant in the garden at the moment. I have this planted in an 8″ pot. A native of Mexico this distinct looking Sedum has red stems that turn reset in the winter, lovely pink flower buds, white star flowers and looks a bit like a small shrub in a pot. It is semi hardy so will have to be protected I the winter.
2. Sempervivum Doeskin
This is a cracker of a plant. It looks like it has been painted by dropping blobs of purple and grey paint in oil and water to get a marble effect. It is by far the best looking Sempervivum I have at the moment. Bred in the USA by Edward Skrocki who gained notoriety because he used to garden centres in a hearse. He bred over 200 varieties of Sempervivums before he died in 2010.
3. Rose Iceberg
I bought this climber for £5.99 in a cash and carry this year and it is now flowering it’s socks off. Bred in Germany this is also know as Kevin. Apparently my Grandad used to grow this variety and was one of his favourites.
4. Clematis Countess de Bouchard
This plant is planted in a large plastic planter and is full of buds that are starting to open. I have trailed it onto an adjacent trellis. It is doing really well but I have never grown a Clematis in a pot before and I am worried it will get pot bound. It is a big pot about 33 inches across but not sure if I should just leave it an not worry about it or plant it into the garden.
5. Dianthus Cruentus (Field Pink)
A native of the Balkans this unusual pink flowers on along stem which gives the impression that the flowers are floating, as you can see from the picture. I bought this plant last year at Darwyck Gardens near Peebles. Hopefully I will be able to split this plant in the spring.
6. Lilium.Summer Breeze.
As you can see this is a spectacular Lily. It is also a magical Lily as it has moved from one border to another border across a plant. I also canny remember this flowering last year. I planted it in February last year and I thought I had lost it.However it is putting on a show this year.
That is my Six on Saturday.
I am working this weekend so gardening opportunities will be scarce and but the looks of it this weekend we are still gong to have this weak cold front will still delivering cooler weather up here.
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Until next week goodbye.