Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
This week has again been a very damp week with rain all day on Tuesday. This has of course benefited the garden and filled my water butts again. I have left all my Succulents out this summer during the wet weather and have not had any problems to speak of but some of the leaves are starting to swell immensely. I will have to keep an eye on things and if need be put some undercover if there is anymore rain.
Gardening opportunities have been pretty limited this week as I have damaged my left leg slightly and have been resting it. Nothing serious but frustrating. Old age is creeping up on me.
Here is this weeks Six.
1. Dahlia Totally Tangerine
This is my first Dahlia to open. A lovely flower with a fantastic centre. I have seven dahlias on the go this year, 4 in the garden and 3 in pots. I have fallen out of love with the ones in there garden as they seem to suffer more from slug and snails. I have beer traps around them but I have planted them in the middle of the border and I find it difficult to get to them. This one is in a pot and has not damage whatsoever. I think from now on I could grow all my Dahlias in pots.
2. Eryngium Big Blue
As you can see from the first photo as ever the Eryngiums are proving very popular with the bees and other pollinators. This bee was having a feeding frenzy and had gorged itself that much it actually had to drop some of the pollen on one of the bracts. Here is a video here. This Eryngium Big Blue is one of the most striking ones. It’s ink blue flowers are surrounded by a crown of blue bracts. I have several Eryngiums in my collection and no doubt I will be getting more this year.
3. Cupid’s Dart flower
I posted a picture of the flower buds a few weeks ago. Thee first ones opened this week and they are wonderful. The leaves are a wonderful blueish Purple with a dark blue centre. The leaves are grass like and really non desript and to be honest I was going to pull out this “weed” earlier on on the year then I suddenly remember I had grown this from seed.
4. Some random Rose
I bought this Rose for a present for Mother’s Day last year. It was one of the small ones that Marks and Sparks sells every year for Mother’s Day. I planted it in the garden after it had stopped flowering last April. As you can see it is flowering for Britain this year. A lovely creamy yellow flower that has a wonderful form. The only puzzling thing is it was pink when I bought it😌
5. Heuchera Palace Purple
Two autumns ago I bought 6 Heuchera Palace Purple plug plants that had been reduced to £3 in the bargain corner at a Dobbies. They were in a sorry state but after a bit of patience they are looking fantastic. This photo does not show how good the leaves look. They are shiny as a button and this one has a wonderful shape.
6. Leopard Slug
I found this beauty climbing up a bucket last night. A gardeners friend because it eats other slugs and only eats dead vegetation. I soon put it back in the garden right next to my Dahlias.
That is my SOS.
Work has been pretty busy the past couple of weeks so this weekend I will be paying as much as possible in the garden to chill out and recharge my batteries. Hopefully I will not have to dodge to many thunderstorms.
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Until next week goodbye.