Six on Saturday 10th October 2020. I’m back

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS.

This is my first SOS in 4 weeks. Apologies for the break but work has been busy and I have been trying to avoid using my mobile phone for long periods. I am pleased to say all is good in my life at the moment despite the upheaval of pending lockdowns in the North and current lockdowns in Scotland. Thankfully I am starting 2 weeks holiday on Monday and I will be spending most of it in the garden as unfortunately it has been very neglected in the last few weeks due to work. One of my main jobs will be to plant up the Spring Bulbs something I always look forward to.

Her is my Six on Saturday which mostly features succulents due to the fact that I have had a lazy Saturday morning and these as always are the easiest plants to take photo’s of.

1. Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens

Mmmm I see that WordPress has updated and seems to be playing silly buggers with photo’s if you are using IOS. Why crop it? Anyways as we all know for the past 20 years we have been living in a media Tsunami and it is just getting worse and their seems to be no end to the 24 hour global news free for all. This has especially been bought to the fore with Mr Trump catching Coronavirus. We all need green spaces to escape to and as some of you know Edinburgh is blessed with some of the best city gardens in the world with let’s face it one of the best views. I spent a rather chilly half an hour there yesterday watching the gardeners give the borders an autumn tidy. Hard to believe that one of the busiest shopping streets is only 50 yards away although unfortunately the decline of High Street shopping is all to apparent on Princes Street. Damn back to politics.

2. Aeonium Sunburst

This cropping of the photo’s is becoming really annoying, I am going have to check what it looks like when I publish it. I have a soft spot for Aeoniums and I am pleased to say after a disastrous first year of growing them I am starting to get the hang of it. One of the most spectacular ones in my collection is Aeonium Starbusrt. This variegated hybrid always looks pretty but in autumn the ends of the leaves start to blush which gives the plant another dimension.

3. Sedum Rubtrincum

Also called the Jelly Bean plant for obvious reasons these take on lovely autumnal colours this time of year. Some succulents do most of there growing in the autumn. With this sedum it seems to store as enough sun as it can ready for them to spring into the life at the start of next year. I guess you could describe the leaves as a form of nature litmus paper. The red leaves will drop off over time and will with luck grow as new babies and make the plant look bushier in the new year as well. These are supposed to be pretty hardy so this year I am going to leave them on a mesh shelve for drainage and only cover of it gets really cold.

4. Sedum Lucidium

Also sometimes known as a Jelly Bean plant at this time of year the ends of they leaves take on a lovely rich mahogany red tint. A native to Mexico I had a bit of an issue growing these last year which I put down to impatience. A valuable lesson when you grow succulents is that you need to wait for them to do there stuff and it makes you look at live a little bit different especially in this Gimme, Gimme, Gimme life we live in. Sometimes patience is a virtue.

5. Sedum Crocodile

Another slow grower is sedum crocodile. It is called Sedum Crocodile because with age the leaves take on a reptilian texture. I thought I had lost this plant past year because I left it out during the winter in an exposed position and it succulents to the damp. I managed to get six off sets from it and all are doing well at the moment. I will be planting these in a much more grittier mix in the next 2 weeks and I will pop them onto afore mentioned wire shelf to give them a little bit extra drainage.

6. Echeveria Green Gollum

Taking about slow growers I was on the verge of throwing this plant out last year because it had lost a lot all but 3 leaves. However I decided to keep it and I am glad I did. It is filling out nicely and the leaves are a wonderful classy shape. I will definitely give this more protection this year.

That is my six. If you want to write a SIx on Saturday be it a blog or simply 6 photo’s on Twitter it is not that difficult. To find out how six on Saturday works please follow the following link The Propagator. The don of Six on Saturday.

Until next week goodbye .

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely photos and beautiful Jellybean plants. My single photo is not as impressive but it’s a lovely, fresh green. Pleased all is well with you. 🙂👍

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  2. Sunburst does have a gorgeous leaf. I went to look for a few more sedums and sempervivums at my local garden centre but not a very good selection currently. Usually better. Might have to try and make it to the specialist one during the week if I don’t get called in to work.

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  3. Katharine says:

    Hi Paul – what a lovely selection and it’s great to hear how you’ve got to know your plants over time and how best to look after them. I think Sunburst is just stunning.

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  4. Paul, I wondered where you were! I’ve missed your beautiful sedums! My favorite this week is the sunburst and the red jelly bean! I too was in a bad mood with the new editing WordPress scheme. I guess I don’t like change and the fact that I have to learn a new way, when I liked the old way! I found if I reverted to the “Classic Editing,” all was well. Now about the politics………. I wish that was as easy to fix!

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  5. fredgardener says:

    I really like the thin coloured serrated leaves of this Aeonium Sunburst. 😍
    I was looking for Gollum in this echeveria but I didn’t find anything … yours is much more beautiful though

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  6. Love the jelly bellies, not a fan of how tiny the photos look in your post when viewed on my android phone. Would that be the new WP thingy you’re talking about? Fine, though, when you click one of them to enlarge the lot.

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  7. Heyjude says:

    The Jelly Beans are lovely and Starburst is fabulous! Nice to see you back. And you can still access the classic editor, just go via Wpadmin / posts /all posts and at the top of the page is a button and drop down list for Add New. Select classic editor. Do not click add new from the menu on the left.

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  8. As usual your succulents are lovely – I especially like ‘sunburst’! Enjoy your leave, fingers crossed for decent weather

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    1. Thanks. Hopefully the weather will stay good!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Sunburst can be an awkward one. The individual rosettes are spectacular and wide, but can get too heavy for the stems to support. It does not branch much, and does not put out many pups. Cutting it back to force it to branch can kill it! I think it works well mixed with other complimentary succulents that fill in the space, as it flares out random rosettes.

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  10. Glad you’re back. Love the jelly beans, such great colours. I’ve had Sunburst for a couple of years and it was growing well then last month all of the leaves fell off! I’ve cut the stem down but I’m not hopeful. Enjoy your holiday, hope the weather’s kind for you.

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  11. cavershamjj says:

    any plant called jelly bean is ok with me.

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