Six on Saturday 4th April 2020

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

Is it Saturday? I am not sure anymore. This dystopian world that we live in is turning everyday into Groundhog Day.

Thank god for my garden, exercise, beef and Star Trek Voyager on Netflix. I may have to whisper this but my garden needs rain!!!! There I said it. I know at the start of the year most parts of the country have had a horrific amount of rain but at the moment parts of my garden are as dry as the Gobi Dessert. I really don’t want to get the hose out at the beginning of April partly because I don’t want the neighbours to think I am mad watering the garden so early in the year but mostly because I ran my van over the connector on the hose and I need another one. I am watering my pots with the watering can as and when however and I have made a point of watering and feeding my roses. I am sure I am just being paranoid and hopefully we will have a full April showers soon.

Oh hang on I have just looked out the window and we have had a small shower.

Here is my six

1. Senicio Angel Wings

The Propagator replied to a tweet yesterday about Senicio Angel Wings and I believed it was my duty to stick my oar in and tell him how brilliant mine had recovered after looking extremely sorry for itself last Autumn after all the rain we had last summer. However when O went out to take a photo of how well they looked I noticed that some blighter had already been nibbling it. So I have moved the pot it is planted away from the Ivy it is beside to somewhere a little more isolated.

2. Sempervivum Devils Touch

This is one of my favourite Sempervivums 8 have for at the moment. It has longish velvet leaves are all camouflage colours. In fact I moved this from a shady place to a more sunnier place and the colours have quickly changed from a light khaki green to brown. As you can see from the out of focus photo it is starting to produce little chicks. I have written a more detailed blog about Sempervivums here Sempervivums April 2020 especially for granny.

3. Hebe

This Hebe is a random small plant I found next to a Hebe that must have been in the garden for about 18 years. I have transferred it another part of the garden and it is now 4 years old. It is now growing fast and the vibrant lime green, apple green and racing green colours stand out like a beacon at the moment. This is by far the healthiest looking plant I have in the garden at the moment. Also think the above picture will make a good jigsaw.

4. Tulip Spring Green

This is my second tulip to flower. Unfortunately I had planted them in a shallow pot and when I noticed these were struggling I put them in a deeper plant pot. However the flowers are slightly deformed as you can see. They still look good though.

5. Aqualegia Salmon Rose

Not the best photo but my first seed grown Aqualegia Salmon Rose is about to flower. I sowed the seeds 18 months ago and I can’t wait to see what the flowers look like. According to some pages on the web they look like Clematis flowers.

6. Bergenia flower

I bought a couple of specimen Bergenias beginning of last year. Unfortunately I have lost the label for this one. However as you can see the flowers are fantastic. Such a sharp pink colour and as you can see they are perfectly formed. Bergenias to me really aren an important plant to have in the garden as they offer protection to insects all year round. Just as long as they are friendly insects and not the ones that damage the plants.

That is my six.

The weather this weekend looks good so I will be spending all of it in the garden sowing some more perennial seeds, potting up some Dahlias and placing them in a cold frame. Whilst obviously social distancing.

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Until next week goodbye.

32 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    That is an impressive bergenia. We have only two species, and they are very similar. Bergenia crassifolia and Bergenia cordifolia. Other bergenias seem to be popular elsewhere. Their blooms seem to be bolder than those that I am familiar with. I just got a picture of recently propagated Bergenia crassifolia. The parents finished blooming a while ago. ‘Angel Wings’ Senicio is interesting because it does not look like a Senicio; but then, what does? It is such a weirdly variable genus.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    My hebe looks sadder after a few small morning frosts … Yours is very pretty with its small leaves. Bergenia has finished blooming here, the bees have found other playgrounds

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    1. It’s weird because we have only had slight frosts the past few months. That’s why I have been able to leave my Aeoniums out longer than usual. Hope all is ell across there Fred.

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      1. fredgardener says:

        So far, I’m fine! Take care too.


  3. I so want an “Angels Wings”!!!! Just lovely. I’m a bergenia fan too. I don’t seem to be able to see the tulip photo, is it me? Stay safe and well. 🙂

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    1. Ah will check the photo. Thanks


    2. Sorted I don’t know what happens there. Yes the Angel Wings is a lovely plant and so tactile. I think the Bergenia is Albenglut and as I said one of the most important plants in the garden.

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  4. Yay! Another Star Trek Voyager fan. Whisper it quietly but I think it’s my favourite of all the Star Trek tv shows. The leaves of the hebe are very striking. I was muttering about too much rain not so long ago yet I’ve emptied one water butt and I’m quickly making my way through a second. The odd shower, preferably at night, would we welcome.

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  5. Jim Stephens says:

    I brought glasshouse roofs and the front pitch of the house roof into my water harvesting efforts last year so I catch as much as possible but it’s all for nothing if we don’t get any. We had enough in February to last all year if I’d anywhere to store it.

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    1. I have a couple of water butts but one is just about empty already. We did have rain in February but not as much as many of you had down South.


  6. I know what you mean about the dry – we are on chalk and our garden is completely dry. Can’t believe it when it was so sodden just a few weeks ago! Looking forward to seeing the aquilegias open!

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    1. Yeah it’s mad isn’t it all that ran we had at the start of the year.

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  7. Lora Hughes says:

    I’m glad you’re getting a shower today. We’ve had regular (not too much) rain, but the wind is drying things out, so I’ve been seen waddling around the garden w/a can. Can’t wait to see Salmon Rose (but I think I said that when you planted them a while ago). You’ve also given me nightmares about that hebe jigsaw. How would a person ever finished it?

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    1. I am going to have a look on the web to see if I can get a one off Jigsaw made from a photo. I should be able to.


  8. Heyjude says:

    Angel Wings is so tactile, but I think the S&S would have a feast day if I bought one. I think I’ll just admire yours! Dry here for now – I have had to water my pots already, it seems tulips need plenty of water! Hard to believe after 5 months of continuous rain!

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    1. I think your right Angel Wong’s is not a plant that could survive in the West and South West.

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  9. Aquilegia foliage looks very nice. Just got seed for a similar dark leaved one, then got a few lime green ones to get going.

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    1. I have got Aquilegia Lenon Sorbet to sow this week. In pots I have Aquilegia Alchemist Gold that I am going to put in my nursery bed this week and thee should flower next year.


  10. Your bergenia is so lovely, beautiful colour. I can’t make up my mind about senecio ‘Angel Wings’! I’m lucky to be still working at the moment, so it doesn’t feel like groundhog day – but it does feel very uncertain

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    1. Thank you. Was looking at the Bergenia today and it is pretty striking. We really are living in strange times.


  11. I am having difficulty in seeing your tulips, too. Never mind, the other photos are very good, especially that bergenia. My soil is cracking in many places.

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    1. Oh I don’t know what is going on there. I have made a decision today the first plant I am doing to buy after the Lockdown is another Bergenia


  12. I have admired the senecio many times but think it would look odd in my garden. Hoping your rain comes

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    1. Yes I suppose it would look weird in some gardens. I hope it does rain soon just used 10 watering cans this evening. First thing after the Lock Down will be too get a new adapter for my my watering can.

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      1. A new adapter?
        What like ?

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      2. Sorry probably not the correct word. I drove my van over the end of the hose so can’t connect it to the tap

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      3. Ah ok
        That makes more sense !


  13. Katharine says:

    Another fabulous sedum – Devil’s Touch! I bought a couple of new succulents mail-order last week. One is a branching echeveria called Aeonium spathulatum. I’m rather taken with it. I’m sure I’ll post a pic soon.

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    1. Oh I can’t wait to see your succulents. The Devils Touch is a nice plant.


  14. Cathy says:

    I would love to grow ‘Angel’s Wings’! Well worth trying, even if it fails for me. The aquilegia also sounds like it could be lovely. I totally understand the rain issue – on our 21st day without now and the garden is starting to show it! Have a good week!

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  15. cavershamjj says:

    Hi Paul, I have angel wings envy. I’m going to try to take a couple of cuttings. Mine is putting out new growth so perhaps it isn’t totally done for. I also wonder if I should put it in the greenhouse for the winter, I gather it isn’t terribly hardy.


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