Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well as Carolina Aherene said on the Fast Show this week has been Scorchio! Unfortunately I don’t like hot weather. As someone that has been bought up on the blustery coast of the Northumberland give me a blustery NE from blowing off the North Sea in March any day. Instead I have been pounding the hot streets of Edinburgh and suffering. So much so I had to take Thursday off because of my breathing. Although if you look at the forecast for the next few days perhaps I should have made the most of it….
I really have to delete Yahoo Weather.
Having said that the garden looks great and the succulents were loving the heat.
Here is my SOS.
1. Spirea Japonica
This has been outstanding this year. It is in the one of the small borders at the front of the house and the only thing I do is cut it down by a third in the Autumn. A friend has given a hedge trimmer for free so I am going to use that to cut it this year and might even give it a more fierce cut. Usually I don’t see very many bees in this shrub for some reason but this year it has been covered with them.
2. Clematis Ooh La La
This plant struggled last year in it’s original position. So I moved it up to the new west facing border the end of winter. Unfortunately I was a little bit ham fisted and broke off 2 of the stems near the rooball. However I am pleased to say that the one remaining stem is now producing some top quality flowers as you can see from the above photo. Hopefully next year it will be even better and there hopefully should be more shoots produced from below tbe ground.
3. Dahlia Moonfire
I posted a picture of this last week and it is now has a major prescience in the border. All the hover flies and other pollinators love it. The flowers has a wonderful form and the centre starts off with yellow stamen that are soon rubbed out by the pollinators. Also in the picture you can see Dianthus Grans Favourite and the Day Lily is Pink Damask
4. Hydrangea (Texas)
I call it Hydrangea Texas because I bought this plant at Homebase a couple of years ago. I still call Homebase, Texas even after all these years I guess it is like Marathon and Snickers or Opal Fruits and Starburst. This plant is always a late flowerer because it is blocked by the big shed directly behind it which makes it north facing. However as it growing fast it gets more sun every year and should start flowering earlier. Last year the flowers got wet for some reason and they struggled but this year it is looking absolutely spectacular.
5. Echeveria Shavenia
I have a number of Echeverias now (about 50) and the flowers fascinate me. I think it is the mechanical way the flowers appear. I wrote in a previous blog that the flower “production line ” reminds me of a Gatling Gin. This one looks animal like and reminds me a little of a Cross between and Armadillo and suit of armour.
6. Sempervivum Calcareum
This plant is planted directly in an area of Gravel about 25 metre square. It is growing f fast and as you can see at the moment it is displaying a wide range of green, brown, orange and red shades. I am going to leave this undisturbed and I can’t wait to see how it looks in 5 years.
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
A working weekend for me this weekend so garden opportunities will be limited.
Until next week goodbye.