Six on Saturday 10th August 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

Well what a week of weather we have had again. We have actually had more dry days than wet days this week but Friday of course was a tad wet as it was across the country. I hope The Propagator has taken waterproofs on his holiday in Scotland as it looks like he is being treated with typical Scottish weather.

I have had 3 days off this week but have spent most of it chilling out and putting my feet up. I have managed to compete a few small projects. I have moved the sleepers that I have some Sempervivums on 90 degrees so they will get more direct sun in the winter and will be in a drier area with no over hanging foliage over them. I have also started to put some of my tender succulents under cover as they are getting to much water.

The garden is a little bit stagnated at the moment. There isn’t many plants flowering and the rain has meant most plants have grown fast but some of the new foliage has been nibbled by the plagues of Snails and Sligs the wet weather brings.

Here is my Six on Saturday.

1. Dahlia Silver City

Not the best photo because the garden was saturated but this is the largest Dahlia that has survived. A big dazzling white flower it has been a shiny beacon during the dull rainy weather on Friday. It has hardly any complete leaves but it seems to be doing well never the less. I think I am going to have to re evaluate how I from my Dahlias next year as most of them have come to nothing.

2. Heucherella Tapestry

A new plant I bought a couple of months ago this is a nice find. Lovely green and reddy brown veins. It produces masses of Starry baby pink flowers that brighten up the border.

3. Borage

This is now self seeding in one of the front borders. A favourite of all pollinators they are now starting to flower. It can be a little bit overbearing but the plants get a stay of execution as it is a major source of pollen at the end of summer

4. Aeonium “house”

As I said earlier on I said I was starting to put some of my Succulents undercover. So I decided to open my Aeonium “house” early. Aeoniums can take a lot of water in the spring and summer but the amount of rain we have had this summer has been a lot so I thought I better give them a little bit of rest from the damp conditions. Better to be safe than sorry.

5. Pulsatilla Vulgaris

Is this normal? My Pasqueflowers are producing buds. It must be because of all the damp weather and they must think it is Spring. The clumps have been growing fast and healthy all summer and in the last week they have started to produce flowers.

6. Sempervivums

I wrote earlier on on the blog that I had moved one of the sleepers where that my Sempervivums sit on to a sunnier position. Some of the Semps are struggling with all the wet weather and turning to mush. That is why I make sure they are planted in a gritty soil mix. I also make sure the drainage holes are not blocked In The troughs by putting crocks above them, All my troughs are put on bricks to aid drainage and slow the air to flow around them and help dry them off. Lastly I always just place new plants on a raised bit of soil and allow the roots to take anchor by themselves. Putting the plants on a raised bit of soil helps with te drainage.

This weekend looks a bit of a washout with Ninja showers. Hopefully I will be able to spend some time in the garden.

That is my SOS for this week. What is yours.

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Until next week goodbye.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Beautiful dahlia flower! I hope I have more than 2 when I left the house. Thank you for the advice on watering the aeonium. I never knew when to really water them without making them rot. I will remember it.


  2. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    I’m going to brave the weather later and check whether my pasqueflowers have any buds. I suspect not. Borage has been added to the list!


    1. Heyjude says:

      Beware. Once you have Borage you will never get rid of it! Although the white one is rather nice and bees love it!

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      1. I only have Borage in my untidy Border. One of my small borders is being taken over by a rampant spirea so anything goes in that border.


      2. Heyjude says:

        Haha… love the idea of an untidy border for the naughty ones!

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      3. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

        Warning heeded!

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  3. Like your Pasque Flower some of my Primroses think it’s spring. Mad weather.

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    1. Yup the weather is definitely mad when you consider the heatwave we had last year.


  4. Lovely sedums and Aeoniums , as well as other plants. Enjoy your quiet weekend, I am doing the same with the “innocent” cat curled up beside me.

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    1. Thanks Granny. Could do with an “innocent” mouse to keep the mice population under control in my garden. There are not many but starting to get a bit brave. My mum lives with me and feeds the birds.


  5. Jim Stephens says:

    You’re Aeoniums are looking really good, I’m envying the multi-coloured one especially. I think you’re wise to get them under cover and start drying them out a bit, it takes a long time in cooler damper weather we find. Eryngium still looking fantastic too I see.

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    1. Yes that was my thinking Jim. Also there seems to be no let up to this changeable weather.


  6. Heyjude says:

    Despite some heavy showers here and a day of mizzle most of my pots remain quite dry! I have still to visit the succulent nursery and buy more Aeoniums. Love the coloured one.

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    1. It was actually pretty dry for 7 hours yesterday. Then there was a sudden down pour. Raining again this morning.


  7. Pasque flowers in August, what a nice bonus!

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    1. Yes hopefully they will open. They are extremely soggy at the moment.


  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I think I should move my sempervivens too. I have them planted straight in the garden soil and they’ve probably survived that way because we’ve had such a miniscule amount of rain. I only have three, but I wouldn’t like to lose them. Unusual post from you containing a dahlia…it’s very handsome.

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    1. Thank I do have a few Dahlias but not as may as I would like as some of them has served as a buffet for the slugs and snails

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  9. Lora Hughes says:

    Love the dahlia & the tiny star flowers of Tapestry. So much colour in your succulents & great contrast btwn them & the border in the last photo. Hope the rain gives you a break & they dry out before winter. I’ve just sown some pasque flowers, I can’t remember why – probably because an SoSer had some beauts in their garden. So now I know they shouldn’t be budding in August. I’ll have a word w/my younguns.

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    1. Thanks Lora…yes I am pretty pleased with the Dahlia. Just a shame the 2 next to it have been ravaged by the pesky molluscs

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  10. You do have a lovely succulent collection! I have also noted your tips on growing the Semps, which I think I will take on board! Sometimes the potting mix I use does not agree with them, and I need to replant them quickly to save them.


  11. tonytomeo says:

    Silver City happens to be a small town in Nevada. (Some say it is a ghost town that has not quite died yet.) There is another Silver City in New Mexico, but I have never seen it. Anyway, that is what your dahlia reminded me of. I know; irrelevant.
    Is white borage common?

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