Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
Well what can I say. We really seem to be in the stormy season at the moment and the rain and wind has been epic at times. Ciara last weekend, Dennis this weekend and I believe there maybe another one next weekend. The Jet Stream seems to be more reliable than some train services at the moment. Luckily last weekend we did not have any of the strong winds here on the East coast but we did have a lot of rain and this was especially bad up the Tweed Valley and it’s tributes. We even had some snow in the middle of the week but nothing to write home about.
Garden wise despite the sprinkling of snow and the cold weather everything is coming to life a little bit quicker this year. I don’t think there will be much chance of a sustained time on the garden due to Dennis so I might have to do some Guerrilla gardening.
Here is my six.
1. Sedum Dasphyllum
I thought I had bought this plant a couple of years ago but it turns out that one was an imposter and may have been Sedum Album. I purchased the plant above last October and it has benifited from every mild winter. Also know as Corsican Stonecrop this is sometimes called Blue Tear Stonecrop in America. It will produce white starry flowers in the early summer.
2. Aeonium Cyclops
I have taken most of my Aeoniums out of the cold frame last weekend and it has paid dividends. This is the start of the growing season and they are revelling in the wet. Aeonium Cyclops is an American cultivar that has a large rosette. This plant has only got the one rosette at the moment but fingers crossed it will produce some more this year.
3. Succulent Cuttings
Spent a really good couple of hours last Saturday morning taking some cuttings off of established succulents and putting them up. The plants included Crassula Springtime, Sedum Crocodile and Sedum Nejedelly. Just to show you how mild things seem to be getting in my garden in the winter all the plants have been kept outside on a shelf beside my shed with just a bit of wood above them to protect them from frost and the damp. This has worked well and I may increase this method next year.
4. Lewisia Cotleydon 3rd Year
Sometimes Lewisia can be Semi Hardy but this one keeps on going and bit the looks of it I will get another year out of it at least. The only issue I can see is that it is now growing on a bit of a stump that this picture does not do justice. This might be susceptible to rot so in the next few weeks I am going to top the soil up with a sandy compost mix.
5. Sedum Confusum
This hardy sedum is a little bit more different than some of the hardy sedums. A native from Mexico this can withstand temperatures of -20 degrees C. This is mostly described as a ground cover plant but I am growing this pice in a plastic pot and it is taking on a bit of a shrubby appearance. The orangey red stems contact with the fleshy multicoloured leaves satisfyingly. I have this planted directly in the garden and all the leaves are green. This shows perfectly that you can have the same plant in different places of the garden and they can look entirely different because of the difference in lighting, soil mix, protection from wind etc. I am going to give this one and upgrade soon and plants it in a spare terracotta pot.
6. Auberieta Dr Mules Variegated
A new one to me I picked this up yesterday when I popped into a garden centre yesterday near Edinburgh. I had a spare couple of hours and went to buy some new alpine plants but the selection was not great and I seem to be getting picky when it comes to buying alpine plants and I am now always looking to buy something out of the norm. I think I am going to spilt this straight away and I already have a couple of plant pots lined up.
That is my six this week.
I am just about to go out and batten down the hatches ready for the arrival of Dennis. I have read articles that it could be worse than Ciara. Let’s hope not and stay safe everyone.
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Until next week goodbye.