Six on Saturday 17th August 2019

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.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    I did n’t know Rosularia Sedoides. thank you for sharing it. Otherwise, you made me think of sowing my hollyhocks. I have new varieties unknown but full of pretty flowers for one or two years. Will erigerons survive winter at your home?

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    1. With regards to the Erigrons I am not 100% sure. I will let you know next spring!

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  2. Joe Owens says:

    One of the joys of SoS is to see new things!

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  3. Jim Stephens says:

    Sue thinks you may have provided an ID for one of her plants in Rosularia sedoides. I’ve not heard of it, is it hardy?

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    1. Seems to be Jim. 3 years old now and survived the beast fro the east.

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  4. The colours and textures in your sedum nursery are fantastic. Those poor plants in your sister’s garden, I hope they dry out soon.

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    1. I am sure the plants will be ok. Just a little soggy

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  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Like everyone else, I’m admiring that Rosularia. Also, your Sedum nursery I’d very colourful and attractive.

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  6. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    The Sedum nursery looks fantastic. Sounds like your sister’s rockery reorganisation will be a big job.

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Rosularia sedoides is very nice. I shall keep my eye out for her 🙂

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  8. cavershamjj says:

    Well done on your actea, I’ve tried to grow from seed and also have bought a plant, but failed on all counts.

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    1. Yes they seem to like a damp shady spot..

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  9. That nursery shows a lovely selection of your Sedums/succulents. That Acte Simplex is most unusual. Enjoy your rest, once it starts, although that’s after next weekend, isn’t it?

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    1. Thanks Granny. Really looking forward to some relax and recuperation on September

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  10. I just love your sedum nursery! I’m going to give them a go, you’ve persuaded me!

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  11. Lora Hughes says:

    Your sister’s garden certainly is a mystery! But the stone for a new border sounds great – yours or hers? The nursery is full of great stuff for the border, if it’s one & the same as sister’s stone or something altogether different. Such varied colours! Love the buds on that erigeron. Last but not least, so glad to see your actaea is at the same stage as my own. I’m so impatient! But they are spectacular, so that’s my excuse.

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  12. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, you got a native from here that I have never seen! There are other fleabane out there in the landscape, but not ‘Four Winds’.

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