Six on Saturday 8th June 2019

Hello and to this weeks SOS. The weather has been a little bit kinder this week and the garden is paying dividends. So much is going on in the garden I could write 5 six on Saturdays and only scratch the surface. I have bought some new varieties of Sedum this week and I can’t…

Orostachys Spinosa part 1

I came across the Orostachys genre of plants a couple of years ago when I was starting my collection of succulents. Orostachys has 14 accepted species and are mostly found in China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Russia and Kazakhstan. The one that jumped out at me was Orostachys Spinosa. It is a biennial herb that is…

Senicio Rowleyanus/Herrianus part 2

I posted a blog about how to grow String is tears/beadwork /pearls – delete as appropriate about 7 weeks aand promised a follow up blog and here it is. As you can see the plant I purchased front the House of Botanics in Newcastle is doing really well. As you can see the leaves are…

Six on Saturday 1st June 2019

Hello and welcome to this weeks SOS. Pinch punch it’s the first of the month and by the end of the month the nights will be drawing in lol. The garden is in full growing mode and it is the time of year when you always see loads of new growth and flowers when you…

Lilburn Towers open garden day.

I drive past this garden most days when I drove down the A697 and have always wandered what they look like. So I jumped at the opportunity to have a nose around when I found out that it was open today. I was working today but still managed to pop in there for an hour…

Sempervivums enjoying the rain.

Sempervivums can be one of the most drought tolerant pants that you can plant in your garden. This does not mean they do not love the rain. As long as you plant them in a soil with plenty of drainage (they don’t like wet feet). They will last in your garden forever. Here is a…

First Echeveria Flowers of 2019

I now seem to have amassed a large collection of Echeverias. Echeverias are a genus of plants that are sometimes known as hen and chickens. Unlike the other famous group of plants called Hem and chickens – Sempervivums, Echeveria’s are not monocarpic and the plant does not die after producing chicks and flowering, they just…

Six on Saturday 25th May 2019

Hello and welcome to SOS. Well we have had something we didn’t get the whole of last summer in North Northumberland, rain during the night and sun during the day. Yes actual wet rain and lots of it. It has perked up the garden no end. Unfortunately after a week off I am back in…

What the hell have I bought?

We all know that when you buy something from a garden centre the label sometimes attached to a plant is the wrong one and how frustrating this can be. I bought a Camellia from my local garden centre in March. The label said that the plant was called Eugenia de Motijo The problem is all…

Sempervivums : Spot the Difference

There are many many varieties of Sempervivums. According to some websites there is well over 3000 hybrids and 40 wild varieties. There have been many super breeders of Sempervivums mostly in America, Germany, UK and the rest of Europe. There seems to be no bible when it comes to Sempervivums as the no of varieties…