Six on Saturday 17th October 2020

Hello and welcome to this weeks Six on Saturday.

As mentioned in my blog last Saturday I am on holiday this week and next week. I have been spending most of the week catching up with sleep, going for walks and I have started to read again. I have spent a few hours in the garden this week but not as much as I wanted so I will just have to make sure I spend extra time next week. I think bulb planting will be my main task next week along with putting some more of my succulents under glass and working out which ones I will be leaving out all be it sheltered underneath the garden table for a bit of extra protection.

Here is my six for this week.

1. Sedum Palmeri

This Sedum been waking from it’s Summer slumber over the last couple of months. It will grow over the autumn and winter and at the end of February it will produce candelabras of yellow flowers that will mark the start of Spring. It is hardy and will stay out over winter but it has to be grown in a gritty soul as it does not like damp roots. This is one of my favourites and I always look forward to the first signs of flower buds.

2. Some Sempervivums for Granny

As you know I like my Semps. At this time of year the colours change to sometimes snuck more richer tone due to the lack of sun. These are 3 of the ones that have taken my eye. Above we have Sir William Lawrence, Dragoness and Virgil. The award to the most stunning this week has to go to Dragoness. Sempervivums are extremely tolerant to the cold but like the Sedum Palmeri don’t like to be to damp. So over the next few weeks I will turn most of the pots onto their sides so the water drops off the leaves and the soil does not get saturated.

3. Fuchsias Claudia?

I think this is Fuchsias Claudia but I am not sure in photo’s the sepal looks a little redder. This is one of the fuchsias I bought from Morrison’s for 99p this year they really are great value of money. This year I have realised that I really need to be patient and wait till autumn to appreciate these plants. Although they flower in the summer they looked a little weak and tired in the summer and sorry for themselves and I was going to pull them up.

4. Pachysedum Ganzhou

This is in my view is one of the most stunning succulents out there. Like the Sedum Palmeri mentioned earlier this does most of it’s growing in the Autumn and winter. It’s leafs turn a wonderful dark pin and like most Pachverias and Pachysedums the veins show in the leafs.

5. Winter Pansies

I bought these pansies from Morrison’s a few weeks ago (can you guess where we do out weekly shopping). They have really are adding a bit of colour to an otherwise dull garden at the moment. The pastel colours are vibrant and look like they have been painted.

6. Hellebores

Question? When do you cut back your Hellebores or do we cut back hellebore leafs. I have already cut back leafs on another plant which were black and diseased but want some pointers when to cut these ones back.

That is my six on Saturday.

I feel a visit to the garden centre will be in the pipe line this weekend to get some compost to plant bulbs on that should keep me out of mischief.

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Until next week goodbye.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. If any of your hellebore leaves have spots or are yellowing you should remove them as this is a fungus Microsphaeropsis hellebori. Otherwise I leave the foliage on over winter as they look rather beautiful when frosty. I then remove the leaves as soon as I can see the flowers emerging .

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  2. Hi Paul. I cut all the leaves from my Hellebores once the flower heads start to emerge.
    My favourite this week (for colour anyway) is Sir William Lawrence, assuming you listed from left to right

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  3. Thank you, Paul. Beautiful sempervivums and all the other plants too. I think I’m for Sir William Lawrence as well. Those pansies are lovely, delicate shades.

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  4. I didn’t know that about when sedums flower – fascinating. Enjoy your trip to the garden centre and don’t come home with too many extra plants!

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  5. fredgardener says:

    Your Pachysedum has some pretty unusual beautiful pink colours and I love it! I cut back hellebore leaves when the new buds appear in late winter. It helps the new ones to grow.

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  6. Jim Stephens says:

    Looking at I reckon you have the right name. I’ve not encountered Pachysedum, if I show that to Sue she’s going to want one.

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  7. Katharine says:

    That Pachysedum is splendid. There’s something a but alien about it but splendid nevertheless.

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  8. Lisa says:

    Oh, winter pansies… my favorite. I don’t have any, and might not this year, but you reminded me what I’ll be missing!

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  9. You must be thrilled to be able to unwind and spend time in the garden again. Good luck with all the bulb planting! Those are very pretty Semps, particularly the first one you feature with the reddish tips. That is a great tip of turning over the pots to avoid the soil getting saturated! We can have very high rainfall during summer and I usually move my succulents under cover to avoid getting the soil too damp. Your method might just be the answer when I run out of space under cover!

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  10. I have Claudia and it is the same sort of pasty pink colour. Like you say taken a while to get going but appreciated now.

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    I do not cut back my hellebores. I just let them lay flat before dumping composted much on top of them. They dislike the climate here, but might perform better if I took away the foliage that disease might overwinter on, underneath the mulch.


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