Hello and welcome to this weeks six.
Anybody got any idea what week of Lockdown this is. Week 8? Ones thing for sure the virus seems to be still with us and seems to be hanging around a bit longer compared to other countries. I had chosen to be not very political during this crisis but at times but with the crisis in the care homes getting worse my social media driven anger is starting to show itself again. What a time we are living in at the moment. I got really exited today (Friday) when it leaked out that it looks like garden centres could be opening and this was tempered when the government announced another 626 deaths todayS. Will I be going to garden centres of course I will as we need to get the economy moving but I will not be rushing there like the January sales.
In other news we actually had proper rain last weekend. It was most welcome and it made the garden sparkle. After that the weather was warm as sunny for the rest of the week so I had to finally get the hose out on Wednesday and give the garden a good soak in Wednesday.
Here is my six.
1. Rambo Plant
I call this plant Rambo because it is actually a Kalanchoe house plant that I actually planted in the garden 9 years ago and it still survives. It has lasted severe frosts and even the Beast from the East 2 years ago. Last year it did not flower but certainly has bounced back this year. It will flower for the whole of May then do back to sleep.
2. Geum Queen of Orange
This is a small form Geum that produces a wonderful bright orange flower. I now have this one on a few parts of the garden and it makes a change to have a plant with such a vibrant orange colour in the garden as they are not that may perennial plants with this dense tone of orange.
3. Brunnera Jack Frost leaf
I featured this plant last week but this plant caught my eye again and not because of the rather electric blue flowers on tallish spikes trying to reach the sun from a shaded place but because of the leaves. They have to be one of the prettiest leaves I have in my garden and in most gardens and somehow get overlooked at times. As most of you know this is also called Siberian Bugloss. I found out for the first time this week that they are also called heartleaf and you can see why with this photo. Bugloss also means ox tongue in Greece and this is because some of the leaves have the shape and roughness to touch of an Ox tongue. To me they leaves seem to have have the same features of some houseplant begonias but after some research I don’t think they are closely related and Brunnera is part of the Boriaganiles family which of course includes borage and forget me nots.
4. Aquilegia Salmon Rose
Another one I have featured recently but I had to restore this again because the flowers have opened and they look fantastic. Strangely for a aquilegia the flowers are clematis shaped. I grew these from seed and as I have mentioned before I never realised you got such a buzz with growing something from seed. When growing perennials from seed you have to be patient and these were 18 months in the growing. When I first started gardening I always wanted instant results but you soon realise gardening isn’t about quick results it is about waiting patiently to see the results.
5. Erysium Wenlock Beauty
I bought this plant at Lilburn Towers open day for the NGS last year. I have a bit love hate relationship with perennial wallflowers as they are mostly short lived perennials and to me just act like biennials hopefully this one will last a bit longer.
6. Sempervivum Jungle Fire
I bought some new Sempervivums from Farmyard Nurseries last week to feed my addiction during the Lockdown. I bought 10 in total and was surprised by how big the plants were and this threw the plans I had for them somewhat off kilter and had to use extra pots. The only criticism I have got is that when I type in the names of the varieties into google the only records I can find is for Farmhouse Nurseries and I can’t trace the breeder of the plant. The problem with Sempervivums is there are literally thousands of varieties and most look the same. That is why it is always important to label them. It could be that Farmyard Nurseries have bred these themselves. I did send an E mail asking them if they need them but have not received an E mail.
That is my six for this week.
I have just realised I have not featured the Tulip I said I would feature next week doh! I’ll try and feature it next week.
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Until next week goodbye.