Six on Saturday 2nd November 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Sunday.

At this time of year it gets increasingly hard to producer these blogs because of the shorter days so photo opportunities are limited but I have as you would expect at their time of year. I have not decided if the weather is a little bit milder for this time of year or just normal but we have just had 1 light frost this year which TBH is not unusual living on the coast. , even if I do love in the North Sea coast.

Thankfully I am off in 2 weeks time and I am staying at home mostly so I have made mental notes of what needs to be done.

Her is my Six.

1. Mecanopsis Foliage

I bought 3 Meconopsis last spring and was not sure if they would grow or not in my garden because the soil is pretty neutral but the nursery man insisted me that they would be alright and as you can see he was right. Roll on late Spring.

2. Sempervivums getting set Winter

As you can see at this time of year Sempervivums start to shrivel up and shed some of their outer leaves. It does look pretty brutal but this is purely to help them survive the damp. They should start perking up next February and come the end of April will be the most vibrant plants in the Garden.

3. Beware of bay molluscs

Aeoniums do most of their growing in the Autumn and Spring and look their best but you need to look out for small slug and snails nibbling away at new growth. The Aeonium Kiwi at the top has thankfully escaped any damage but it had a couple of visitors that was swiftly dispensed. The Aeonium Pygmae was not sure lucky. Hopefully It should be ok. I have moved it from a cold frame I only check once a week to one that I check most days and have put it on metal racking and not the ground.

4. Sedum Cauticola

I have not featured this Sedum before as it has not really done much but as you can see it is starting to show promise. Known as the cliff dwelling Stonecrop this is a native of Japan and is a trailer. All the literature and websites I have read says this plant flowers in the Autumn so I may have to wait until next year until it flowers as I think it may be to late to see the flowers next year.

5. Sedum Palmeri

Another Sedum that shows great growth at this time of year is Sedum Palmeri. This is not as hardy as some so I grow in pots but leave outside beside the house to get some protection. This plant will flower as early as February and will produce candelabras of yellow flowers that lift the winter gloom. I think this photo also shows the versatility of the colour green in the garden. Subtle changes in colour and shade brings out the vibrancy of leaves at this time of year.

6. One beast of a Borage Plant

This plant is just huge. The photo doesn’t do this justice. The stem must be at least 6 inches in diameter and just keeps growing.

That is my SOS.

It’s a little bit late because of the Rugby. Disappointed with the result but the better team won well done the Springboks.

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Until next week goodbye.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Nice meconopsis! I always thought of having these flowers but I think it isn’t cold enough here. I should try anyway.
    Too bad for rugby, England seemed the stronger team after the semifinal but there they were pressed and failed to redo the same fantastic game as last week … Next time in 4 years (in France!)

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    1. Thanks Fred. I have to admit that Mecanopsis is fast becoming one of my favourites especially because of some of the displays in Public Gardens in Scotland.

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  2. Fabulous meconopsis, the foliage is almost as good as the flower. Do you know what colour it will be?

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    1. No I don’t I bought 3 different plants and I can’t remember which one I planted where. Some merging to look forward to on Spring…

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  3. I can sympathise about the slugs, I couldn’t believe how many I found on my plants yesterday. Do you pull the dead leaves off of your sempervivums?

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    1. I don’t pull the dead leaves off at the moment. The way I see it is in the wild there is no one to pull the dead leaves off. I might live to regret that especially for that plant.

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      1. tonytomeo says:

        Dudleyas that grow wild on the coast do the same. Pulling the dead leaves off exposes the little stems too much, so that they are rather flimsy. I hate to leave dead leave, so sometimes pull the rosettes up, groom them, and plug them like cuttings. It works, but is not fair to the plants who just want to do what is natural for them.

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