Six on Saturday 28th December 2019t

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

Well Christmas has come and gone go another year. I hope everybody had a great time. I like Christmas but there does seem to be a lot of stress and pressure for one day these days so it is always a welcome relief when it is over fo another year. I was on call Christmas Day as the rest of the engineers I work with in Scotland have children. Luckily I did not get called out so managed a few beers after 3.

The past 6 weeks at work have been pretty hectic and to make things worse I have one of those wintry virus things that culminated in a bad ear infection and a chest infection. This has made me have to put the blog on the back burners and also the short days don’t help. For the first time in ages I have had a walk around the garden properly and surveyed all in front of me. I am pleased to say that thanks to the mild and dryish weather (sorry southerners) there is some signs of plants starting to wake -probably for a showtime -from their winter slumber.

Her is my Six

1. Angelica

I bought this Angelique last September and like a fool I have forgotten the variety already. I am sure one of you out there can tell me what variety it is.

2. Sedum Atlantis

I treated myself to this plant last summer because it won the RHS Chelsea plant of the year in 2019. It is extremely hardy and as you can see it is starting to sprout already. I have just been reading up on it and was discovered in the USA by Dave McKenzie growing in his nursery on the banks of Lake Michigan. Pffft lucky him how come I can’t discover new strains of plant like his on my garden. The leaves are variegated white and green and it has small pretty pink flowers. I canny wait to see how this plant turns out this year.

3. Hydrangea Texas

I included this plant in the blog earlier on in the year. I was a little peeved that the flowers don’t seem to attract very many pollinators but I have decided to give it a stay of execution because as someone pointed out that although pollinators don’t feed on this plant they do sunbathe and of course as you all know the dead flowers of Hydrangea do give some interest in the winter.

4. Allium Red Mohican

These are a new addition to my Allium collection and are sprouting away like there is no tomorrow. Hopefully they will survive a heavy frost of one happens. I haven’t grown Alliums in pots before so I will be interested to see how they turn out.

5. Senicio Angel Wings.

Another new plant this year I wasn’t sure if this plant was hardy enough to stand up to a northern winter. It seems to be ok but still not 100% convinced this main plant will survive, luckily I have taken some cuttings and these are under cover so this plant should be definitely making and appearance next year.

6. Black Spot

I like roses but have also been sceptical of grown them because of blacks pot and sure enough 3 of my new climbing roses were riddled with it last year. If anyone has got any hints and tips of how to deal with it can you post below thanks.

Well is this weeks six and boy it felt good writing it and taking time to walk around the garden.If you want to write one it is not that difficult. As always to find out how six on Saturday works please follow the following link The Propagator. The don of Six on Saturday.

Until next week goodbye.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Good to see you back! Hope you are feeling better now. That’s an unusual coloured sedum, No: 2, but very pretty. I have cut my hydrangea dead-heads off this week with the idea of spraying them and using them in a vase in the house. We shall see. Happy New Year.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    I left my dried hydrangea buds so far that they still protect the young buds that are coming from frost. I usually do it in March. About the black spots on the rose leaves, I have it too. Collect and burn the fallen leaves to avoid contamination. It’s best to spray an organic copper fungicide. Happy New Year too.

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  3. Great to see you enjoying your garden today and I’m pleased it’s dry somewhere in the UK! I love the vibrancy of your angelica leaves. I tend to choose roses with a high level of resistance, which works, but fredgardener’s tips on burning fallen leaves is a good idea – pick off the affected leaves too and dispose of them in the same way!

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  4. The colours in the Sedum are so bright. I’ve not tried Alliums in pots so will be interested to see how yours do. Hope you’re back up to full strength soon.

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  5. Hydrangeas make great indoor flowers for the winter if you pick them just as the colour is starting to fade and hang them upside down until they dry out. Look great in vases and don’t need water


  6. Lora Hughes says:

    I do as Fred & Phao re: black spot but read somewhere thaqt salvia nachtvlinder underplanted reduces the instance. Think I might try that as well this year, as it’s a nice salvia. Your award winning sedum is stunning. I’m another one who’d like to see how your allium do. I think another SoSer plants their allium in pots, but am not sure who it was, so can’t swear they’re as far north as your good self. Keep us posted!

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  7. Love that Sedum and the Senecio. My roses always get black spot but I just cut it off as best I can. Probably not what the experts would advise!

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    1. Thanks…..I am planning on cutting all the leaves with black spot off tomorrow

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    If you wrote about the angelica when you got it, you likely mentioned the name. If so, it would not be difficult to find . . if you can remember about when you wrote about it. I read about this somewhere, but can not remember where. For blackspot, I can not recommend any more than the obvious, but I should emphasize that sanitation is very important. Roses should be pruned aggressively while dormant in winter, and all the old foliage should be disposed of. What has fallen should be removed from the ground. Pathogens overwinter in the old foliage.


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