Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
Dare I say it there has been a definite feel of Spring in the air this week. It has been sunny most days and even a little warm at times although frosty at night. Last weekend we were hit by Ninja showers of horizontal snow which were pretty lively at times. I have a long weekend and have of course taken the opportunity to spend as much time in the garden as possible . One thing I have noticed is that drainage wise the soil is remarkably dryish and I can stand anywhere on the garden without getting “claggy”. My thoughts are however with other gardeners in other parts of the country where their gardens are either covered with water or are saturated and they can’t do any work in the garden.
1. Hellebore Double White Speckled
I wrote in a previous Six on Saturday that I was finding it frustrating growing hellebores. I think this is because perhaps I have been growing them in the wrong place or I have been suffering from Hellebore social media envy, this is made worse when you walk into a garden centre and you see the see the displays of perfect multi flowering plants. However when you walks around the garden and see one of your recent purchases flowering you think yeah I get it now. Hopefully they will flower again next year and produce more flowers.
2. Sedum Furfuaceum
A native to Mexico to say this Sedum is a slow grower is an understatement. Small and compact this plant is nearly 2 years old and only 3 inches across. I think the pink tips are actually flower buds and hopefully it will flower for the first time ever this year.
3. Saxifraga Pink Star
Taken early one morning the frost shows off the foliage perfectly. This plant did not really flower this year but by the look of it it should flower this year.
4. Alium Mount Everest.
All the Aliums in my garden seem to be showing themselves at the moment. This one should be Mount Everest. I have planted 4 new varieties this year including Red Mohican, Graceful Beauty, Schiberti and Ostara. It always fills me with wonder and hope when you think that these will be flowering in 10 weeks time.
5. Primula Denticula
On sure sign that Spring is Just around the corner is when eve flower heads appear for the Primula Denticulas. These will soon shoot IP to about 12 inches tall and it will produce a globular flower head with multiple flowers.
6. More succulents you say
I wrote last week about by Succulent Collection and was worried that I had to many to store so to counter act this I bought some more succulents. They arrived this week so I spent Friday morning potting them up and labelling them. Also if them are from a dealer in France and are South Korean or Taiwanese hybrids. There is a huge market for succulent on the Far East and some of the hybrids from these 2 countries are so different from the norm that you get in Europe. However please be aware that this boom in succulents has led to decimation of areas of succulents in Mexico and the Southern USA by criminal gangs. Please read the following article Succulent smugglers .
That is my six.
The forecast is for more stormy weather this weekend but I don’t think we are going to get much rain across here. I am going to try and pot up most of summer bulbs this weekend and put them in a cold frame.
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Until next week goodbye.