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?
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Until next week goodbyeZ