Six on Saturday 20th July 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.

This week we actually had a few days of sun thi which was most welcome but we also had a lot of rain especially on Wednesday. The garden looks completely different compared to this time last year during the mini drought. Most pants seem to be healthy and are growing rapidly. Indeed the hedge that runs down the east of the garden is now out of control and it might need 3 cuts this year instead of 2.

I promised Granny last week that I would feature some Sedums and Sempervivums. I have went better and published an inaugural Ten on Thursday this week which can be found here Ten on Thursday. Any plagiarism or mimicking of the Props Six on Saturday is purely coincidental.

New plant wise I have taken delivery of 11 new Sempervivums and 4 new Aeoniums and these were planted during the rain on Wednesday to benefit from a free watering.

Here is my SOS.

1. Aeonium Sunburst

By far the most striking Aeonium I have in my collection. The leaves are yellow and green with sometimes a red tinge if left direct in the sun. The stem is a distinct grey colour. This plant is far from hardy and I may have to bring this plant in the house over winter as I lost one last year and don’t think it will survive in a cold frame.

2. Shasta Daisy Freak

I actually got this plant for free from a garden centre in between Scunthorpe and Grimsby late Autumn 2017. The garden centre was winding down for the winter and all the perennials they had were looking sorry for themselves. When I took them to the till I got talking to the owner and he said that he could not take any money for it and I could have it for free. It flowered well last year and this year it is establishing nicely.

3. Dahlia Moonfire

This is the second Dahlia to flower this year. I wrote in my blog last Saturday that most of my Dahlias were a main course for the Slugs and Snails in my borders. However this one is untouched. I have no idea why. Could it be because if the brown leaves? Anyways it looks like this is going to be a beacon in the border. I like the colour of the petals and it’s dark centre with a red halo and yellow stamens.

4. Allium Summer Drummer

A late flowers compared to most Alliums these are finally opening. They are one of the tallest Alliums out there and can grow up to 2m tall. This of course brings problems when it is windy and I have already had to tie a stake to one of these plants. I will stake the rest up over this weekend. Due to there night and the jaunty angle the fledgling sparrows love sitting on the stems ready to get to the bird table.

5. Digitalis Camelot Queen

The 2nd kind of Digitalis to flower this year. These plants were sown this time last year. Not as tall as the Sutton Apricot that flowered earlier on in the year. After reading up on them hopefully I could get a second flowering next year. The photo was taken on Thursday night just when the sun was setting.

6. Hemerocallis Pink Damask

I bought this plant this year. It is a smaller form that the other Daylily I have got but it makes up for it with a wonderful vibrant pink flower. I have a more well established Daylily which for some reason is does not produce many flowers talks. I think next year I will move it to another place in the garden that gets more sun.

That is my SOS.

As I finish writing this blog early this morning it is raining heavy again. Please can I have a few days of sunny dry weather. Is that to much to ask for?

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 goodbyeZ

16 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I also have a daylily presented this Saturday but I do like yours that is pink (a color very different from the orange yellow I have here) I love the style of your aeonium! Protect it this winter, it is worth it …

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  2. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    A free plant from a garden centre! You did well there. I love daisies. The dark foliage of the Bishop of Llandaff seems less prone to munching than the green leaved dahlias too – you may be onto something there.

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  3. Thank you! I feel better now. My sempervivums are looking rather gloomy at the moment due to the flowers finishing. I will tidy them up before next week. I will try to have a look at your Ten on Thursday, once I have finished reading the Sixes-on-Saturday! I may be a while.

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    1. They’ll soon bounce back Granny.


  4. Jim Stephens says:

    Oh dear, the Aeonium Sunburst is another on our “used to have” list. Succumbed to cold or vine weevil I suppose. I’ve had the same thing with slugs chomping some things and leaving others. I think they come out of their daytime hiding place, make a dash for the nearest food source, eat while it lasts, then move onto the next. I pulled up some half eaten tagetes alongside some untouched ones; mistake, they moved on to them the next night.

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  5. Oh I love the look of Moonfire. Your daylilies are a gorgeous colour too. Aeonium sunburst is one I saw at RHS Malvern show and it is very striking. Wishing I got one now!

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    1. I have always wanted to go to Malvern. A little bit far away but I have got relatives in Worcestershire

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      1. It’s worth a visit, the backdrop is fabulous but just don’t expect good weather. It was wet and cold!

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    2. n20gardener says:

      Great day Lilly and a lovely foxglove While you are hoping to dry out we are glad of some rain. The aeonium is fab too.

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  6. Heyjude says:

    I have said that I won’t buy any more plants this year (well except for the usual autumn bulb collections) but I would like some more Aeoniums. Maybe a little trip to the nursery down the road is required…

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    1. Yes I said I was not going to buy any new plants this year…. until I bought 12 kinds of Sempervivums and 3 Sedums this week. I have deleted Ebay off my phone

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  7. Looking forward to seeing a picture of the Allium in full flower. A later flowering one would be great to have.

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    1. Yes they should be good if the wind and rain don’t get to them..


  8. cavershamjj says:

    Bad luck with your dahlias, I am feeling similarly cheesed off with them. Always next year i guess.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    That is likely the thirst most popular aeonium here, after the dark bronze one that we think of as ‘Schwarzkopf’, and the common houseleek. (I do not now if what we now as ‘Schwarzkopf’ really is ‘Schwarzkopf’.) I almost brought some back from down south, but remembered that there were already too many. I like how wide the rosettes are, and of course, the variegation of the foliage. I do not like many variegated plants, but this one really is cool.

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