Six on Saturday 29th February 2020

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.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Alliums are wonderful plants. They do well in my garden too, despite completely different conditions.

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  2. The hellebore is lovely! The Saxafraga looks amazing in its frosty cloak, and I do hope it flowers for you. I read the link about the succulent smugglers and I’m so glad the authorities are now aware of the crime, although it makes you wonder just how many plants have already been smuggled out of the country.

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  3. fredgardener says:

    it was worth the wait for this beautiful hellebore!
    Fingers crossed for your new babies…

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  4. Lora Hughes says:

    I’m another fan of that hellebore. Just wow. You can’t ever say again that you’re a failed hellebore growing. Beautiful. I love both that Mexican sedum & the frosted saxafraga. Hope the new succulents elbow themselves properly into your collection. AND . . . that the storms treat you fairly.

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    1. Yes the Mexican Sedum is pretty is in’t it it is sometimes called the Bonsai Sedum and you can see why.

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  5. Heyjude says:

    You do appear to have been let off lightly from all the storms! Your candelabra primula is much more advanced than any of mine, in fact I have only seen one making an appearance so far. The Hellebore is pretty, I have a few seedlings that desperately need potting on, but they are going to have to wait until the weather improves. Unless I drag some compost into the conservatory…

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  6. Number 3 is a stunning picture. Interesting new serdums. My aliums are still in the greenhouse due to adverse planting conditions.

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully you will be able to plant them soon.


  7. Katharine says:

    That frosty saxifrage is beautiful. Amazing how tough they are given how delicate the flowers look.

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    1. Yes I can’t wait to see how many it produces.


  8. cavershamjj says:

    I planted out a load of alliums from the greenhouse today. Should be good in a few months, as you say.

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    1. That article gives food for thought. Thanks for link. Love the frosty photograph


  9. Looks like succulents are the new Tulip frenzy in some parts! Love the hellebore – my next blog is about them, one of my favourite plants..

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    1. Oh I can’t wait to read it!

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Hellebore social media envy?! I can see how that might happen. I don’t let it get to me. I see everyone else showing off their hellebores, which is fine. Hellebores are not happy here, and I will not grow them just to conform to a trend. Nor will I grow snowdrops. There are plenty of other flowers that are happier to perform here.
    Anyway, #4 starts out as an Aeonium. I thought I was looking at the wrong picture.

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    1. My bad Tony. Thanks for pointing out I have corrected the error.

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  11. I read the article about the theft of wild plants too. It was very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing it.

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