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.
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.
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.
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Until next week goodbye.