Hello I and welcome to this weeks SOS.
I wasn’t going to write a SOS this week because I have been working a lot of overtime thanks to the Edinburgh FrInge Festival. The annual cultural melting point which gobbles up most of the parking spaces and brings pavements to a stand still and make my working life challenging. Garden opportunities have been little to none and I was not going to write a blog as I had no time. However insomnia this morning had give. Me an opportunity to write a short blog.
Weather wise it has actually been pretty dry and avoided all those downpours that North Yorkshire and the Peak District have had. The flash floods they have had really have been epic and my thoughts go out to the people of Whaley Bridge. In fact as I walked around the garden at 6am this morning the A word seems to be in the air (Autumn sorry Mr P!).
1. Fuchsia La Campanella
I bought 2 Fuchsias for a pound each at Morrisons in the spring and both a performing really well. This is the first time I have really grow Fuchsias which is weird as they are one of my favourite plants. My best mate has one on his garden when we were kids and we used to spend many an hour picking the flowers off of the bush looking at the strange flowers. Who needs Fortnite! The 2 plants are planted in containers and are supposed to be hardy so next Spring I will move them into the main border when they start producing shoots.
2. Small Alpine Border
First time I have featured this this year. This is literally a metre square and is packed with plants. There.must be at least 20 plants on here which creates a problem when they grow. This year as you can see in the bottom left the Pasqueflowers are growing fast and I will split them in the autumn. As you can guess there is a no of Sedums in here and all are doing well sort from the one in the bottom left of the picture, Purple Emperor which has been eaten by snails.
3. Allium Summer Drummer
Must Alliums open late Spring Early Summer but Summer Drummer always open in mid summer. One of the tallest these grow 1.5m to 2m. I thought the flowers were going to be bigger TBH. As you can see from the unfocused bee the pollinators love the flowers and the woody stalks act as a great perch for the birds.
4. Pennisetum Karley Rose
As always taking photo’s of grass is almost impossible. This is a fantastic plant which has pink bristles of flowers. It sits in the border which we can see from our kitchen and it asks as a barometer. If it droops or is damp, stands upright dry and sunny and of course you can tell the wind direction and speed.
5. Sedum Confusum
Also known as Lesser Messe Confusum this succulent is fully hardy and is bush like in appearance. I have it in a few places in the garden. This one in a pot best shows the red stems and the green leaves the best. Also it had a beautiful cobweb on it but as with grasses they are difficult to photo. This morning there was a lot of dam web cobwebs to be seen in the garden, another sure sign the A word if on it’s way.
6. Cupid’s Dart flower
Seed Frown this is one of my plants of the summer. I have featured before but I couldn’t resist to feature again. It has purple blue flowers enrich are on an longish dainty stem. Hopefully it will Self seed this year.
That is my six for this week.
I am on holiday for 3 days week with the sole intention of spending them in the garden. SORRY THAT IS MEANT TO BE 3 DAYS!
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Until next week goodbye.