Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
Last week was the second anniversary of this blog. Where has the time gone? I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog and l found the discipline of finding things to write about a calming influence and helps me reduce my stress levels and relax more. Special thanks has of course got to go out to Jon (The Propagator) the founder and don of Six on a Saturday. Thanks Jon for your encouragement and giving me the opportunity to write about the hobby I love. If you had told me 3 years ago I would be writing a blog I would have laughed at you because I have never been that literate. Also special thanks goes out to each and every one of you for reading and commenting on my blog.
This week has been great because I have had a few days off work and I have managed to spend hours in the garden. The weather has been bright and mild this week and everything is starting to wake from it’s winter slumber with aplomb. Unfortunately however Thursday night had a sting in it’s tail and we had our first heavy frost for weeks. Normally this would not her been a problem but I went shopping in Newcastle Thursday and may have sampled 1 or 2 beverages when waiting for the train back. So I was a tad tired when I got home and ignored the couple of tender plants I left out.
“Springtime is of course is a wonderful time in the garden”. I have highlighted that sentence as it is a worrying statement as of course it is not Springtime it is the beginning of February and we are supposedly in deep winter but it does not feel like winter far from it. I am not going to start a sermon about global warming and the science about it but is people that love nature knows something is not right.
Here is my six.
1. Orostachys Spiniosa
This extremely hardy succulent grows wild from Russia to China and can withstand temperatures of minus 30 degrees C. In around 12 weeks time this will have fleshy green leaves with a beautiful mesmerising spiral centre. The metamorphosis of these plants for me has to be one of the most mesmerising and it is one of my most favourite plants. The dormant rosettes start to turn green at this time of year and it reminds me of a natural low watt light bulb. Of course there will be more posts to follow later on the year about this plant.
2. Saxifraga Gregor Wendell
This clump forming Saxifraga as you can see is a fast grower. As you can see it is starting to produce buds of little yellow flowers. Not only are the flowers pretty but the foliage is a wonderful like green colour which always catches your attention when walking past it in the garden.
All the buds on my Hydrangea Texas (cheap plant from Homebase) are vastly more advanced than last year. I have dead headed this plant this week and gave it a mulch of manure this week. It is producing loads of new shoots from it’s base as well which is good news just in case some of the old stalks get leggy.
4. Hellebore Spotted Pink
For some reason I don’t have very much luck with Hellobores. I think I have been putting them in the works area wrong areas which have to much summer sun and the solid drys out. This year I have bought 3 plants and put them in mores shady areas with richer soil and less drainage. Here’s hoping they will survive until next year.
5. Crocus yellow what’s it name.
Lost the label for these crocuses which is a pity. However they are a stunning yellow colour and they do put on a good show. There is a park in Leith in Edinburgh which has long streaks of crocuses along it‘s border pointing through the grass. I will have to try and get a photo of it and post it on here but I feel that any photo won’t do it justice.
6. Echeveria Elegans
One of my oldest Echeverias this really is a top performer. The leaves are a wonderful kaleidoscope of grey green, green and red and change colour all through the year. It’s Rosettes are compact and it seems to be a sturdy plant although I do have it protected by a cold frame. I will probably put this plant next to the front door soon to give people something to look at every time they come in and out.
That is my six.
It looks like storm Ciara is going to put the breaks on any gardening this week. It looks like it will be a big storm but hopefully there will not be to much damage.
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Until next week goodbye.