Six on Saturday 18th January 2020

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.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely sedum/sempervivum fest! They all look as though they enjoyed the rain – glad something did.


  2. fredgardener says:

    Which creature could have nibbled your aeonium in your cold frame? shrew or slug?
    Nice choice again this week.

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    1. I think they were small snails. Hopefully none on them now as I it out in a slight frost on Friday night…

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  3. Interesting picture and explanation of the Sempervivium and how it survives winter. Lovely collection of succulents.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments

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  4. My sedums have started little by little as well! Absolutely gorgeous photos!

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  5. Lovely to see your succulents pushing on through winter, looking forward to brighter days

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    1. Thank you. Weather forecast looking very positive for near future but of course we still have short day. Was positively spring like in Newcastle yesterday.

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  6. I like the look of the sedum plameri. It’s strange that it’s a native of Mexico but looks best in our winter isn’t it? Plants are weird but wonderful.

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    1. Thanks. Strange but I am not complaining!


  7. Lora Hughes says:

    I was surprised that some succulents do better/grow the most in the cooler months. That top photo of semp noir is really fantastic, nearly to the point of wanting one myself. Look forward to seeing how it merges w/its neighbour in spring.

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    1. Thanks. Yes you would think they would be dormant. I am looking forward to the combination of Semp and Aubertia as well…

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  8. I’ve got a plant I bought recently that looks just like your plant that isn’t Sedum Ternatum – just went out to look at the label and it’s not there! So I don’t know what it is either, sorry. More lovely healthy plants for your six today!

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  9. Lovely Six. S. noir looks highly desirable. Little snails are munching on my overwintering Aeoniums

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Your first in a couple of weeks, and I missed it? I am sorry. I will likely miss the next two as well, since I had to skip ahead to February 5. I just happened to see this. On the Wednesday after you posted it, I needed to transplant a bunch of echivierias, sempervivum and a few other succulents that got overwhelmed by licorice plant. It was not pretty. I waited too long, and they were rotting. I feel so badly about it, because I know they were probably not so bad not so long ago. I know that the sempervivum die back on the outside, but this is worse than what is normal.

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    1. Oh that’s a pity about the succulents Tony. I have lost a few in pots because of the soil mix and I put them into to big pots. Pleased to say however I have had many successes. Lessons noted and changes will be made next year.

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      1. tonytomeo says:

        The good news is that none of them are extinct. I mean that even though a few individuals did not survive, there are healthy copies of the same elsewhere. You know how they proliferate. We like to plug them into stone walls.


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