Hello and welcome to this Six on Saturday.
The nights have been drawing in to fast and of course days are becoming shorter and like with many people I struggle at this time of the year. Indeed it manifested yesterday when I had to take a day off work yesterday due to exhaustion which coincided with Thursdays world mental health day. All is not doom and gloom though because I now have a mechanism to get out of this and a huge part of that is gardening, plants, my family and friends. So to lift by self up I have decided to write about my favourite thing succulents.
I am writing this blog on a Saturday morning which is something I don’t usually do because I usually start it on a Thursday night with a spring in my step but I have decided to try – mostly unsuccessfully – to keep the phone out of hand. Dam World Events and Dam Breaking Bad El Calmino.
Here is my six
1.Sempervivum Plum Parfait
I bought this plant from Dobbies with a Chick Charm label on. If someone does know who Chick Charms is it is an American Company that is founded by a guy called Chris Hansen who works his magic and produced new varieties of Sedums in the Sunsparkler series. I was looking forward to the release of his Chick Charm range of Sempervivums thinking that they would all be brand new varieties but was disappointed to see that 90% of them were existing cultivates that have a different name on the front of the label. This one is called according to Chick Charms called Plum Parfait but if you look on the back of the label they have the decency to give it’s proper name Prairie Sunset. Some people may thing this is cynical marketing I couldn’t possibly comment. Having said that they are healthy plants and whoever in Holland has got the license to grow them is doing a great job. However I recommend if you do buy one take it out of the pot straight away and place on a bench or saucer and allow the roots to dry out thoroughly as I bought one of their new varieties called Golden Nugget – which looks sublime – but that rotted within 3 weeks of me buying it in the wet summer because I reported it wet. I do have a couple of small rosettes left so hopefully they will come good next year.
2. Echeveria Temptation
In the early days of me collecting succulents I left this one out to the elements last winter to long and there was only 4 leaves left. Thankfully I kept it and put it in my A and E corner and it has now picked up as you can see. It is already undercover this year.
3. Jovarbia flower spike
Jovarbia are related to the Sempervivum family and usually consist of small fleshy green rosettes that usually have a tinge of autumnal colours this time of year. I was surprised to see it flower at this time of year to be honest. As you can see the flowers buds and stalk look very mathematical and looks like it has. Erm designed on a computer. What a fantastic thing.
4. Crassula Springtime
This plant is easy to from and rewards you of with fat juicy leaves. A cross between Crassula Rupestre and Crassula Perfoliata Minor these plants look good in a hanging basket. They produce wonderful pink ping pong size multi flower heads but as you can see from this plant it has a long way to go. I have managed to get my hands on a couple of new cheap plants from Dobbies so perhaps I could plant all the plants in a hanging basket next year.
N.B. I realise this blog sometimes seems like an advert to Dobbies and I can but apologise but unfortunately it may get worse as my company has got a trial site going into a Dobbies near Edinburgh as proof of concept so I may be spending some time working there. Oh the pain and oh my bank balance😂
6. New Plants
To cheer myself up I bought some new plants from a seller on eBay. The quality of the plants are spectacular and I couldn’t be happier. They should look great next year. The Tartan tray is a tray I bought in a thrift shop and it is Tartan Bitter which was my dads favourite bitter. This however was in the good old days where the choice of beer was almost nil. Thank god of the.craft beer revolution although I do chuckle to myself what he would think of me paying £3.50 for a pint of Hawaiian beer in Berwick.
That is my Six on Saturday. I hope you enjoy your weekend
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Until next week goodbye