Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.
The weather has been somewhat more settled this week with a lot of sunshine and some frosty nights and mornings. The nights are starting to get longer and this means that there has been plenty of opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the garden even if it has been some what cold at times. The garden is still bursting into life with all sorts of plants reappearing after a winter slumber. The weather forecast is favourable if not slightly rainy this weekend so I am going to spend most of the week planting.
Here is my six.
1. New Begonias
I have been growing begonias for the past couple of years but have only known them as yellow plants and orange plants. This year I have bought 3 new varieties Rosebud, Flamenco White and Flamenco yellow. I have already lined up some terracotta pots to plant them in. I seem to have an excess of medium size pots because I have realised that some of the succulents on to big a pots so I have planted these in smaller pots. I will probably wait until next week until I plant these.
2. New Alpines
I have bought 4 new Alpines so I can plant a mini trough ready for the spring/summer. I had to buy them mail order as both my local Alpine Nurseries have stopped their on site shops. Which I am a little bit disappointed about as I enjoyed visiting these niche local nurseries. I bought these 4 from Harperley Nurseries in County Durham. I had orders 8 plants to make 2 mini troughs but they only sent me 4 which is a little disappointing to say the least but I guess I shall have to make do with one for now. The plants that got delivered were Lewisia Little Mango, Lewisia Little Peach, Oxalis Ken Asslet and Rosularia Chrysantha.
3. Aeonium Mariner L’Apostlle
After a few disaster growing Aeoniums last year I seem to have grasped a better understanding of growing them this year. This one caught my eye when walking around the garden. The increased sunshine has changed the colour of it’s leaves to much darker shades and the crimson outline around the leaves are really starting to show itself more prominently.
4. Tulip Albion Star
This was my one of my favourite Tulip by far last year so I kept the bulbs in the same pot. Always a early flowerer this cheered me up this week when I saw they were nearly ready to open. I have several tulips this year and all are way more behind than these ones.
5. Echeveria Red Gilva
My favourite Echeveria. The colours are spectacular at this time of year and the leaves are vibrant, plump and majestic at this time of year. The increase in sun has changed the colour of the leaves from mostly green to a lovely mix of red and green.
6. Geum leaves.
I have got a couple of Geums in my garden. They are a hardy perennial and thus one of the easiest plants to propagate. I took some cuttings last year and I have now for 10 plants in total all over the garden. As you can see these plants not only produce multiple flowers in long stems but at this time of year them produce new, crisp, fresh and vibrant leaves that look spectacular in their own right.
That is my six for this week.
I am going to spend part of this weekend checking over some of the many succulents I have for any damage after winter and replace any missing labels if I am confident I can identify them with confidence.
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Until next week goodbye.