Six on Saturday 6th July 2019

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.

That is my SOS. If you want to write one it is not that difficult. As always to find out how six on Saturday works please follow the following link The Propagator. The don of Six on Saturday.

Until next week goodbye.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Stunning yellow lily ! I’ve got 2 ( white and pink) but yellow is pretty too
    Mine will bloom very soon.
    Your climbing rose looks like mine , also featured this week. Maybe Iceberg looks brighter ?! Really nice !


  2. Lora Hughes says:

    Doeskin is so beautiful! Your description suits it well. Maybe your lily has been dodging red beetles, which is why it’s here, then there, then nowhere. Gorgeous rose.

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    1. Yes Doeskin is a beauty isn’t it. I have not seen any red beetles yet.

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  3. The sedum is really lovely when in bloom! Lovely photos of the Clematis and Iceberg. Unfortunately my Iceberg is really struggling due to the high humidity we experience here, so i am starting to replace the roses I have with black spot resistant ones.

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    1. Thank you. I have to admit I do like that Rose.


  4. Your sedum moranense is lovely – the flowers look like little stars! It’s been raining on and off here too today, very dull.

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  5. cavershamjj says:

    That dianthus sounded familiar then I remembered I’ve grown some from seed this year. No flowers on mine just yet. We’ll have no mentions of the A word just yet, thank you very much! Barely summer.

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    1. Nights are drawing in now. Before you know it will be Hallowe’en


    2. I have just found the label. My detective work on google failed. It is actually called Dianthus Carthusianorum or Carthusian Pink


  6. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    That lilly is lovely and the clematis is looking good. The BBC weather app is a bit hit and miss as well.

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    I can not remember why, but Sedum moranense seems familiar. We learned only a few of the most common of sedums in school. They are not common for landscape purposes.

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  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I don’t think you’ll ever regret planting an Iceberg rose. Mine start flowering in October, and on Thursday last I picked a bunch of them to put in a vase! It’s the middle of winter here, so I reckon that flowering period is amazing. I like both your Sedum and your Sempervivens… both really lovely.


  9. Lovely selection as ever. Nice to be growing the Iceberg rose your grandad grew and that clematis is a great colour. I was feeling smug yesterday when I read this and we had beautiful sunshine but now we have the same weather front 🌧

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  10. Rain! How wonderful. Send it down here if you don’t want it. I can’t believe that a few weeks ago I was moaning about too much of the stuff. The ground is cracking in my main border. Everything is looking great in your garden, especially S. Doeskin

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    1. It’s funny with all those showers the garden is still dry. I guess it shows how sandy The natural soil in my gardens is.


  11. Jim Stephens says:

    Sedum moranense is a little beauty, I shall certainly look out for that. You didn’t buy it from somewhere down here by any chance?

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    1. Yes I got it from Surreal Succulents..


  12. Great sempervivum, I love all of them but most of mine are unnamed
    I think I may have the same dianthus or certain very similar. I love its long long stems and great strong pink colour. Nice 6

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