Hello and welcome to this weeks six on Saturday.
Something strange happened on the garden this week. We actually had some rain. On both occasions it just lasted 15 mins but I can confirm actual precipitation fell from the sky. The garden did look sparkly after the rain and was very much welcome. The rest of the week has again been sunny.
It was good to see Boris back at work – even though I would not vote for him – but after his press conference on Thursday it looks like J will be off for at least another 4 to 5 weeks and quite possibly double that so that means even more time in the garden. One project I have got on the back burner is I am going to buy 2 large terracotta pots for a tenner from Morrison’s and plant 2 new Acers in them but I am in a bit of a quandary do I buy the Acers now during a dry spell or do I wait until the Autumn and buy them then. I think the sensible thing would be to buy and plant them in the Autumn.
Here is my six.
1. First rule of Tulip club….label them.
As regular readers of the blog will know I have got myself in a bit of a muddle with my Tulips this year. I have been waiting all spring for my T. Groenland to open and I though they had opened last week but it turned out they were T. Angelique. I am pleased to say that the Groenland have now opens and they look great. The flower is different looking from what a I am used to with Tulips. The pink petals with green streaks look great and surprising make a great combination. I have now written labels and will not let it leave the side of the bulbs when I put them in storage. The Angelique tulips are still going strong and look fantastic. It seems to have been a good year for Tulips.
2. Tulip Salmon Dynasty
I have never grown frilly tulips and I am now asking myself why? These tulips look like they haven’t been grown but just painted. They are exquisite and one of the most stunning Tulips I have grown. I am growing another variety of frilly Tulips called Carnival de Nice which I will feature next week.
3. Heuchera Melting Fire
I seem to have unconsciously got a Heuchera bed at the back of the garden. I have now moved all my Heucheras to the North facing bed at the back of the garden. All of them are catching they eye but this one was growing in my dry border last year and it struggled. I moved this to the North facing border 3 weeks ago and it is now looking fantastic. I cut all my Heuchera’s back to the ground last Autumn as most were suffering from rust. I was apprehensive if I had did the right thing and I was delighted to see all Heucheras growing with gusto this week.
4. Saxifraga Silver Cushioning
This encrusted Saxifraga is really putting on a show this year. The flowers start of pink and after a while fade to white which gives you the impression it produces 2 totally coloured flowers at the same time. This is planted in one of the smallish concrete troughs and if in full sun.
Especially for Granny this Sempervivum is one of my most interesting ones I have got a at the moment. Named after the Icelandic Volcano that erupted in 2011 this variety comes from breeder Erwin Geiger from Germany. The rosette is big and robust and as you can see has several shades of purple on the leaves with an olive green end on the tips. I have ordered more Semps from a breeder in Germany as a special treat but I have not received them yet and they have been with DHL for over 3 weeks. The breeder is chasing this up with DHL as we speak but if I don’t get a resolution soon I will have to ask PayPal to intervene.
6. Sedum Sieboldii Mediovariegatum
I have bought this place last year and planted it in a plant pot. In forth self due to rev wet weather we had last summer the plant was decimated by slugs and snails. As a rule sedums don’t get eaten by slugs and snails because of their thick and robust leaves. But this is not classified as a sedum any more this is a Hylotelphium and the leaves for this species are more delicate. In my eyes however it is still a Sedum and always will be. If you think about it in the wild Sedums (Stonecrop) do not grow in wet conditions. They grow in areas with poor gritty soil for example hillsides and walls and usually have small route systems. The plants are always being dried out by wind and sun. I have moved the pot onto a table. It will continue to grow chains of these subtle green and clean leaves. Around October it will produce cluster of pink flowers that are star shaped.
That is my six.
My main task in the garden this week is to enter it into the BBC one show me RHS Chelsea gardening competition. Here’s hoping the judges actually read my entry.
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Until next week goodbye.