Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
I did not wrote a SOS last week due to work commitments and the fact shorter days.
I have been on holiday this week but I have been under the weather most of the week so gardening opportunities have been limited. Weather wise it has been mostly dry and after a frosty start of the week it has even got a little bit warmer. We have had some rain but not as much as the rain in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands. My thoughts go out to all those poor people in Fishlake and surrounding areas.
Here is my SOS
1. Rose Roald Dahl
I bought this and another shrub rose for my mothers birthday this year. I have planted them in some large terracotta pots. This solitary straggly flower appeared last weekend and looks a little bit lonely. The other rose I bought is called Mayflower. I have placed both of the pots at the bottom of a garden arch and they should add a nice feature for the garden next year.
2. Main Border
I have finally decided that I may have to many plants in this border but instead of taking some out I am going to go down the route of survival of the fittest and this should make the border look more natural.
3. Mini Greenhouse
So far this has been a great success. All the succulents on here are performing well. The shelves are a little bit deeper than usual and the construction of e frame is extremely robust. The deep shelves mean I can put more pots on them and this makes the whole unit heavier and should mean than when there is heavy winds the greenhouse should stay intact and still standing.
4. Spirea pruned
I always give the Spirea in my front garden a stiff back and sides at this time of year and it seems to thrive on it. I use hand shears as I seen to have a phobia about shrubs that have been trimmed by hedge trimmers eapecially in council gardens and by landscape gardeners. All shrubs in my opinion should be roughly cut apart from obviously topiary. Shrubs are there to be shrubby after all!
5. Last of the Aliums planted
I have planted the last of my Aliums this week. As always I have bought to many and as you can see from the first post room is in my borders is limited. I managed to get 2 pots of Schunerti and 1 pot of Ostara. I can’t wait to see how these turn out in the spring.
6. Sempervivum Metamorphosis
I have written about Sempervivum preparing for winter before and the changes they go through are quite dramatic. This one Mr Guiseppie was one of by favourites during the summer. Plump, dry, spiky rosettes have now shrunk by 10 times it’s size to protect itself thought the wet and cold months,. However as you can see perfectly in this photo the stems are very healthy. There was a discussion in my blog a couple of weeks ago if I take the rotten leaves off but it was pointed out by Tony that the rotten leaves probably do protect the stems from the cold. Also worth pointing out that there is no one to take the rotten leaves off Semps in the wild
That is my six for this week. I am off up to Edinburgh to celebrate my works 40th this evening. I do like these celebrations but work has expanded that much over the last 18 years I have worked for them I usually spend most of the evening saying and what do you do?
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Until next week goodbye.