AHello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.
Some of you may have realised I took a break last week. Work was still busy and I got the opportunity to earn a bit of overtime so I grabbed it before I started 2 weeks much needed holiday. I have been in the garden most days and have spent the time touching up, propagating succulents and irking our what bulbs to buy for Spring next year.s
Here is my SOS.
1. Dahlia Reginald Keene
Dahlias you can’t live with them you can’t live without them. This year has been a bit of a mix bag with my Dahlias with less than 50% flowering, but as you can see the ones that have flowered look spectacular. This one is like a Belisha beacon in the middle of my garden and just makes me smile every time I see it. I have grown all my Dahlias in pots this year and will continue to do this as the results have been good. The only thing I would do different is put more compost, make sure I feed and water them more and keep them around the front of the house on the driveway where they are more exposed to the wind but there is much more sun.
2. Lily Columbia
This Lily has got to be late flowering surely? I planted this at the same time as the other 2 I featured earlier on and it has just started to flower this week. As you can see the flowers are spectacular and I particularly like the flash of light yellow down the centre of the petal. A real Bobby Dazzler.
3. Graptosdum Bronze Propogation
As I said in my introduction I have spent most of this week propagating succulents and repotting ones I has already propagated in the Spring. One of the easiest to propagate is Graptosedum Bronze which is also known as Graptosedum Alpenglow. All you need to do is break a leaf off and place it in some gritty soil and it should produce a new baby. The green leaves that look like Jelly Beans are from Sedum Rubronticum which you won’t be surprised is also known as the Jelly Bean plant.
4. More succulent propogation.
As you can see the problem with propagating succulents is you just don’t know when to stop. It looks like I am going to 4 of these trays and very little room to pot them. There is holes on the plastic trays which gives them good drainage and at this time of year I put any plants I report on a much more grittier soil. If it gets frosty I may put them under the garden table with some fleece over them.
5. Sempervivum sap Globiforum Toska
I inspected most of my Sempervivums this week and this one caught the eye. It’s colour at the moment are really vibrant and stand out and look like the artificial colouring they use in ice lollies. I particularly like this photo as you can see some of the baby rosettes have been tossed upside down by birds trying to get to grubs.
6. Sedum Karfunkeistein
This sedum is having a good year. The leaves are a wonderful purple colour and as you can see it has masses of pink flowers that the bees and other pollinators love. Some people call these Hylotelphium I however still and will call them Sedums.
That is my six for this week.
Until next week goodbye.