Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
This week has been relatively dry and sunny for a change. My garden still looks tired and battered a bit with all the rain with very little plants flowering. However there are glimpses of summer still in the garden. Work is still busy with other members of staff on holiday and Edinburgh Festival in full swing and unfortunately I have not spent much in the garden but we are back to full strength in the team next week and there is only 9day 6hrs and 10 mins left of the festival not that I am counting.
Here is my SOS which is brief this week. Normal service should be resolved next week.
1. Rain Sisters Garden
Last weekend was a total washout. I visited my sister last Sunday and her garden was a tad wet to say the least. It puzzles me why her garden floods as the garden is on high ground near the Tweed and the soil is pretty sandy. I think however the garden is on old farm buildings and this might be hampering the drainage some what. The good news is in the autumn I am going to help her dismantle her rockery (which looks like it has been built from stone from farm buildings) as it is covered with ivy and I am going to use the stones to build an new border ready for next spring.
2. Rosularia Sedoides
This is a fantastic succulent. Closely related to Sedum as it is sometimes referred to as Sedum Sedoides it produces relatively large white flowers. Ir is also hardy so does not need much care during the winter.
3. Sedum Nursery
I always take some cuttings off my Sedums in April and May to act as back up for any bare patches. I do not end up using all of these and this is now 2 years worth of cuttings and with all the rain they are looking extremely vibrant I am sure you will agree. This has given me ideas for the new border next year.
4. Erigeron Four Winds
This can be a very untidy plant at times but as you can see the flowers make up for it. I am surprised that I don’t see many bees on these. These can grow in poor soil and crevasses. I have these planted in pretty rich soil and they seem to be performing well.
5. Hollyhock seedlings
I have grown these from seed and only have 2 left. I think I planted them directly into the nursery bed and the molluscs have had a field day. The last couple should survive hopefully. They are Halo White.
6. Actae Simplex
This is one of my favourite plants by far. Lush brown foliage which produce a tall flower spikes with wire flowers tinged with pink. As you can see the buds look pretty as well.
That is my six for that week.
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Until next week goodbye.