Six on Saturday 24th August 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.

I am pleased to say the it is the last weekend of the Edinburgh Festival so that means work will be quieter and I will be able to spend more time in the Garden. The garden has looked after itself over the past few weeks but there is a lack of plants flowering at the moment. I might spend the next few weeks researching plants that flower profusely this time of year.

Here is my six.

1. Lily Flash Point

Not a lot I can say about this plant the picture says it all. The flowers are as big as my hand and spectacular.

2. Main Border

Most of the flowers have stopped flowering in this border. However as you can see there is still colour in the border. The Silver City Dahlias and of course the Lily Flash Point offer big bold colour. The Hydrangea at the back has been spectacular this year but I am seriously thinking of removing it from the garden. I read with interest 30 days of Wild Parentings excellent blog last week about Hydrangeas and found out the at most hybrid Lace Cap Hydrangeas are sterile and don’t attract pollinators. I have bought 2 different hydrangeas this week, a Quercifolia (Snowflake) and a Panculata (Pinky Winky) and do have space for these to go but the question is do I remove the Lace Cap and buy another pollinator friendly Hydrangea.

3. Sedum Atlantis

This plant also arrived this week. Sedum Takisemense Atlantic is a new cultivar which won the plant of the year at Chelsea. Hardy down to -20 degrees this should be a welcome addition to the garden. The only problem I may have with it is that the slugs and snails may like it.

3. Sedum Makioni

This plant has been pretty dormant all year but over the last month it has sprung into life. It will not flower this year but should look pretty spectacular next year.

5. Heuchera Purple Palace

This plant has performed well this year. Big purple, brown and green leaves it has a big spread. I have 2 of these plants in a North facing border. I got these plants from the bargain shelf a couple of years ago and they are starting to come into their own.

6. Geranium Rozanne

A staple of many gardens I started growing this this year. It is a great plant but it is a thug and is rampantly taking over the border it is in. I think this is the first plant I am going to transfer over to my new border and give it plenty of space to grow.

That is my six for this week.

This weekend is going to be a chill weekend and tidy the garden up slowly and try and discover things I have missed over the last month.

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Until next week goodbye.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Your Sedum Atlantis looks very like my evergreen, variegated Euonymous, it doesn’t look like the usual sedums. I would keep the hydrangea, unless the replacement is just as attractive, but then, if you want to attract bees etc….

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    1. Decisions Granny decisions…


  2. fredgardener says:

    I have the same heuchera and I ‘m very happy with it, like you.
    Same for the geranium.
    Something else … what a spectacular lily flower! .. What a dazzling pink…Lovely !


    1. Don’t be so quick to get rid of the lace cap hydrangea. Mine are very popular with native bees and other insects. I also have that heuchera and love the spent feathery flower stems.

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      1. Thank you. I will probably keep it…but it must try harder! 😂


  3. Geranium Roxanne is one of my favourites – but it does need a lot of space, it’s saving grace is that it doesn’t self seed, I have a few that pop up all over the place. Your lily is indeed spectacular! Enjoy your quiet weekend.

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  4. I’m off heucheras all that popping out the soil. Annoying


  5. cavershamjj says:

    I have rozanne, also for the first time this year, and you’re right it is pretty vigorous. Great plant though. I’m going to divide and get more!

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    1. Why does that not surprise me!


  6. Beautiful Lily. I’ve admitted defeat with Lilies this year – too many red devils. I do miss them though. Sedum Atlantis has beautiful leaves

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    1. Oh that is a shame. I seem to be lucky up here.


  7. Heyjude says:

    Lacecaps do attract bees and butterflies. I have seen a lot on these hydrangeas recently so I wouldn’t remove it. Lacecap hydrangeas flower heads are classified as corymbs which have two kinds of florets in the lacy flower head – fertile and sterile florets. The showy florets on the outside attract pollinators in to the inner fertile florets.

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    1. Thanks for that Jude. I will probably give them a stay of execution…

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Couldn’t you just plant something else to attract bees, or do you need the space that the hydrangeas are in. It would be sad to waste them. You could give them to a neighbor especially if you wait until winter.

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    1. Cheers I will probably keep them

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