Six on Saturday 30th November 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.

I wasn’t going to do a six this weekend but I have surprisingly had some cheeky time off work this morning after what has been safe to say an extremely busy time at work. Also there was to many opportunities to take photo’s in the garden this morning. The weather has went from 2 extremes this week dark, wet and mild at the start to clear as a bell, dry and cold, which shows how extreme British weather can be.

Here is my six.

1. Sempervivum Michael

This plant had a bit of a rough time in the summer with all the wet weather. As you can see the main rosette succumbed to the wet but there was 2 small offsets still there. Since the summer it has been hanging on and I thought the deluge over autumn would have finished this plant off. However as you can see the frost this morning has perfectly highlighted the 2 offsets and I am confident that these should last over the winter now. Just to be on the safe side I will put them under a little bit of shelter. I will post a photo in the spring to show you how much they will have changed since then.

2. Saxifraga Whitehills

A perennial photo I take every year but this plant is 1 of the most prettiest when carpeted with frost. The leaves are already silvery Greg bu the frost really does enhance the foliage of this plant.

3. New Trellis

I popped this onto the side fence last weekend. This will be used to trail a couple of climbing roses, Golden Shower and Iceberg and and Clematis Ooh La, La. Hopefully it will look great next year.

4. Experimental Succulent Tray

I like to experiment and try and push things to the limit. Although I do read lots of literature about succulents on the web all the posts are of course about succulents in other areas of the world. Most Echeverias and semi hardy sedums will tolerate a little frost but you shouldn’t feel that it is ok to leave them in the garden unprotected. They do not like a mixture of the damp and wet. I have a propagation tray with a clear plastic cover on one of the middle shelves of a shelving unit I have outside the shed. Not only does the cover protect it from the rain but the shelf above it does. As you can see after a hard frost last night the soil is solid. The plant however is not and it seems to have a little bit of “Anti Freeze” to stop it freezing. This plant however is a offset of Echeveria Ebony which is a pretty nice plant so I might have to put it somewhere more warmer.

5. Dry Trough

Another perennial trough of my “Dry Trough”. Although with the wet weather this yearly has never been that Dry. Those of you that follow my Blog know that this is full of Sedums and Semps and it can look pretty spectacular in the summer.

6. Allium Red Mohican

A new allium I bought for next year as you can see these are sprouting already. The pot is frozen solid now and I am not sure why will happen to the shoots but the plants should survive and flower next year.

That is my six. As we speak a couple of jobs in Edinburgh have pinged into my inbox. No rest for the wicked.

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Until next week goodbye.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    This new treillis looks strong ! Full of promise for next year.
    I test following your advice to leave some succulents ( a part ) outside this winter. They are still sheltered from moisture and rain and have not watered for some time now. We’ll see.

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    1. Those succulents should be ok Fred if they are sheleterd from the rain.

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  2. I can understand why the Whitehall photo is a favourite, it looks wonderful!

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    1. Yes it certainly looks very wintery when it is frosty.


  3. Heyjude says:

    The saxifrage photo is beautiful. Frost can look good on some plants. Still wet down here, I hope my sempervivums survive!

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    1. Thanks Jude. I hope they survive as well. I think they should be ok.


  4. The Saxifraga Whitehillslooks looks very pretty. That’s proper trellis. Much better than the cheap folding stuff I’ve got on my fences.

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    1. Yes the Trellis is proper stuff. Pretty cheap fron my local garden centre which is unusual

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  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That’s a lovely photo of the Saxifraga covered with frost. My sempervivens seem to be prone to a type of mealy bug. Do you have this problem, and if so, what do you do about it?

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    1. I did get mealy bugs in a couple of my echeverias last year but my Semps were ok.


  6. Beautiful, frosted saxifrage! Again you produce some lovely photos although you said you were struggling a couple of weeks ago.

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  7. That saxifraga whitehills looks incredible in the frost. Wow.

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    1. Yes it does look pretty.


  8. tonytomeo says:

    Did the main rosette of Sempervivum ‘Michael’ bloom already? I can not remember. One of the frustrations of the monocarpic terrestrial yuccas is that the bloomed and deteriorating rosettes are supposed to remain until they can be pulled up easily. They can be rather unsightly with all the new pups around them. However, even if I could pull them up, I would not want to reach into all that nasty foliage.


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