Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
I start his weeks blog with good news and bad news. We had some actual proper rain during Thursday night/Friday morning for the first time since what must be beginning of March as an Atlantic front crossed the country. The bad news that when an Atlantic front does move across the country it usually brings gales. As I write this blog on Friday I am looking out my window and can see that every plant is getting a right Spring battering. I have had a couple of walks around the garden and thankfully no plants have been damaged as most are supple with new growth.
As I mentioned last week I was going to sit back and enjoy the garden for a few days this week which I have done and it was nice just to sit back and take the peace and tranquillity of the garden and wildlife especially the fledgling birds of which there are many.
Here is my six.
Can you spot the rogue Sempervivum? If you look closely there is a Sempervivum hiding in what you could call a horticultural Where’s Wally. This is planted in one of the dry borders beside a Sempervivum Tectorum and as you can see they make a good match. I don’t know what variety is but it is a small compact plant with beatific lilac and white flowers.
2. Intact Hostas
I have managed to grow Hostas that are still intact!!!! I have had this Hosta in the garden for years and every year it has acted as an all you can eat buffet for the Slugs and Snails but end of last year I planted them on a couple of pots and grew them on on top of an empty cold frame in a dry corner of the garden then I have moved them to an even more drier part of the garden. They are on full sun but seem to be doing well. As we have had some rain I might check these tonight for any invaders.
3. Clematis Pink Champagne
This is my new Clematis for this year. The flowers are large and vibrant. I hadn’t realised until I have studied the photo how many colours of pink it had and how prominent the definition of the veins were. In fact I am going to go out at this very minute and have a look at it again…..I am back….blimey they look good.
4. Solomon’s Seal
I forgot I had planted this! As always I sometimes get very forgetful at what I plant. This popped out of no where in between my Brunerra Jack Frost and Actae Simplex. It is getting a little bit congested in this area so this will be top of my list to thin out in Autumn. I have removed a Pyracantha from this north facing border this week because it was in totally the wrong place and that has gone to the great waste disposal centre in the sky so I have now got some space.
5. Chelsea Chop
I spent a great couple of hours chopping the top off some of my Sedums on Tuesday morning and potting them on. Above are cuttings from Frosty Morning, Marina, Red Cauliflower and Karfunklestein. Some people call these Hylotelphium but I think you will find these people are wrong.
6. Alium Mount Everest
These are one of my first Aliums to open. I grew these last year and for some reason they seem to be taller this year. The white flowers make a nice change from the more common purple flowers. Hopefully these should start to attract pollinators soon. I have a couple of new varieties that should open soon and one of the Alium Ostara looks like they are going to be spectacular. More to follow.
That is it for this week. Oh wait I haven’t really included any pictures of Sedums for Granny so as a special one off her is a photo Sedum Cuspadiatum. A fleshy leaf Sedum from Mexico. I am sure you will enjoy the sherbet yellow colour flowers.
That’s it definitely for this week. I am off to empty some of the tulips from their pots and label them up.
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Until next week goodbye