Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
I have been watching the news this week with horror at the devastation caused by Storm Dennis last weekend. The amount of rain that has fallen over the last few weeks has been biblical and the floods horrific. Rather perversely however it has been rather dry up here in North Northumberland and we could do with a heavy shower. We have had a little rain but what has fallen has quickly been dried up by the strong winds. We seem to have our little micro climate up here. There has been a lot of rain in surrounding areas. As I said last week further up the Tweed Valley and it’s tributes and all the fields were sodden in Perthshire when I drove through there yesterday. I hope all of you reading this has escaped any major damage.
Here is my six.
1. Succulent obsessed moi!
I spent a great 2 to 3 hours last Saturday tidy up, re potting and splitting up part of my succulent collection. This is believe it or is a bout a third of my collection and I am running out of places to put them. To solve this problem I have orders myself and new mini greenhouse. Normally I would not be keeping these succulents out like this on February but it has been that mild I have left them on these shelfs. Needless to say I have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast daily and sometimes hourly.
2. More Succulents
I am going lSo what do you do when you have to many succulents and are running out of space to put them. Yup that’s right buy some more! I bought these 9 from a supplier on EBay to give me a little project for next weekend when I have booked a long weekend. There is a core of 4 main succulents from Mexico and the Southern States Echeveria, Sedum, Pachyphtum and Graptopetulam, all of them classified as stonecrops. All can be cross pollinated can be cross pollinated with other varieties. so you get hybrids called Seederveria, Pavhyveria, Graptoveria, Graptosedums. There is a few varieties of hybrids in the above photo.
3. Hepatica transsilvanica Blue
It’s always good to see these flowers open in the Spring. Hepaticas can be found all over the Northern Hemisphere. These are woodland plants and should be grown in shade in them summer months. Like most people I grow these in pots and move them somewhere more shadier later on on the year but will try and put them somewhere out from Slugs and Snails. I have bought a couple of more varieties this week and will be planting these into bigger pots next weekend.
4. Narcissus Night Cap
I was never really a fan of Daffodils and Narcissus until I watched an episode of Gardeners World last year. I went out and bought all the varieties featured. I now have 5 pots potted up and all are performing well.
5. Garden Border no 2
Is it just me or is there a lot more green than there should be in a February or at least lot more vibrant green. There is a lot going on in this photo. In the top right of the photo the light green plant is Clematis Salmon Rose which I have grown from seed and should flower this year. The darker green is a hebe who’s name escapes me. As I said before I like messy borders and as you can see above this one is exactly that.
6. New Lillies
Another job for my weekend off next weekend will be to plant some new Lillies. I have boughrb3 new varieties this year Columbia, Avalon Sunset and Avalon Sunset. The last lot I bought I planted directly into the garden and I lost most of them so this year I will be planting them in pots.
That is my six. As I finish writing there is a bit of a major squeal happening at the moment and one of my plastic mini greenhouses has a massive rip in it now so I am going to have to stage a rescue mission and put the plants somewhere else before work.
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Until next week bye.