Hello and welcome for this weeks six on Saturday.
This is my first six on Saturday for a couple of weeks. The weather has been decidedly dry and the temperature though not mild has been decent. I was off yesterday so spent the day pottering around the garden repotting some succulents, trying to save some succulents which has succumbed to the weather, moving a couple of hardy perennials and a bit of weeding. It was the longest I have spent in the garden and it felt great.
Here is my six which heavily features succulents.
1. Sempervivum Noir
This sempervivum was one of the big lot ones I have bought and planted directly into the gravel. I have planted 4 like this and all are thriving. This one is starting to merge with an aubretia and I can’t wait to see how this combination looks n the spring.
2. Sedum Ternatum or is it?
This is supposed to be Sedim Ternatum or woodland sedum but it is not. After looking on line at pictures the leaves on the pictures are much more rounded. So I am not 100% sure what it is. It looks a little like some sort of Sedum Rupestre but will have to investigate it further.
3. Aeonium Velour
As you can see this plant has been nibbled a whilst under a coldframe. I have removed it from the cold frame at the moment and I will be chaecking it regualary for small snails which seem to thrive on my aeoniums. The plant will soon bounce back and it will do mist of it’s growing the end of winter and spring.
4. Sedum Plameri
I have featured this plant recently. This has got to ne one of my favourite sedums because at this time of year it is at it’s best. It grows rapidly and looks fairly exotic and lush compared to everything else in the garden. A native in Mexico it can be hardy in Britain but only in milder places. I grow mine in pots so I can place them under shelter if it gets to cold. It produces off shoots from the stem which can be easily cut off and propogated like most succulents by sticking then straight into the soil, One of these years I might plant some in my small gravel garden. Soon it will produce spectaculat chandeleirs of yellow flowers.
5. Sempervivum stirring
I have written before about how sempervivums survive over winter. Some of them allow there outer leaves to die and rot away and keep a tight inner crown. This is perfectly shown above as you can see the inner rosette is starting to come back to life through all the dead leaves. This picture also shows how the plants reproduce and every light brown stem coming from the centre rosettet will have a new rosette on the end of it. Other Sempervivums in my garden especially calcerum species will keep all there leaves over winter but thes rosettes have smaller tighter leaves and don’t collect alot of water.
6. Sedum Makioni
Another sedum that does all it’s growing in the colder month. This is now spreading nicely and is starting to grow across the gravel which is what I wanted. Native to Japan it produces new rosette after green great rosette at this time of year.
That is my six for this week. Weather forecast for the foreseeable future seems to be dry but cold so I will have to keep an eye on that Aeonium.
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Until next week goodbye.