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April in Your Garden

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 09:33

Oh I just googled Dragonsblood, I have that also. That's the plant that I just discovered eaten by Vine Weevil yesterday. It's hard to tell with Sedums because they can live for long periods without water, I guess they don't show signs of attack like other plants would!

Well, I buried the stubs in a sandy bit of soil yesterday and luckily last year, I took a whole tray full of cuttings but I guess I will need to treat these prostrate Sedums for Vine Weevil at the proscribed times of year, I do have a problem with this pest on my light soil and they do favour Sedums especially but my Sedum spectabile Brilliance seems to manage without special care, its so big that it doesn't notice the odd nibble

April in Your Garden

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 09:17

Yes I do have Sedum Spathulifolium, its one of my favourites for form and colour although I don't have pics sadly. That's the one that got decimated last year by Vine Weevil (a recurring problem with my Sedum) and I ended up with one stalk that is now about eight rosettes, so I will nurture it this year to get it well established again. The best bit about Sedums is that they don't even need a root to get going from nothing. You can't lose on light soil and I'm my heart is stolen by their leaf forms and textures. So much for your money!

I just planted Sedum rupestre Angelina in a shady spot under my Acer tree. I have Hosta Blue Angel next to it and some Gerainium Johnshon's Blue at the back, so I'm really hoping it will light up that corner without being any trouble.

Sedum Angelina is prolific around my garden, I had it contained in pots but its now even in the patio and paths. One little leaf drops off and a new plant grows but I really don't mind, it fills gaps rampantly and is a great border edger with its vivid luminous yellow spiny arms. Later in the year, it turns amazing orange and rust colours and has flowers to boot.

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 23:01

Yes and yes

The sizes in my photos are about fully grown and as mentioned already, flowering rosettes die but you get loads of babies as replacement that you can just leave attached or gently pull off (they come with a teeny tap root) and re-pot. They are very vigorous if kept dry from rot and extremely easy. And the colours and displays in summer are beautiful. They have a happy look about them in full sun.

I need more red ones for variety and last year I bought a bluish Echeveria Elegans which looked a gonna this winter but it's sprouting from lower down the base, so I am thrilled!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:59

It's all about the form and texture and play of colours to my eye and I adore those super landscape views you get at the huge posh gardens (or countryside) but since mine is nether huge nor posh and I don't live at the edge of a cliff/woodland/moors I do it close up.

The last picture had me on all fours in very peculiar angles and the Bee shot ( I have a few Bee shots) normally has me being very still and just crazy clicking to get the best snaps. A lot are blurred and get edited out

My Acer only has leaves at the bottom

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:53

I had substancial die back on my oldest Acer last autumn, I cut out the dead wood this Spring.

 You can see the dead bit in this pic

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:45

Okay, some more photos to cheer everyone up (thats if you like them) I have thousands, but here's just a few...

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:26

I must invest in more spring flowers! I love taking flower photos and painting flowers.

It's a pretty old camera now a days, but I just love the extraordinary shapes and textures to be found in nature.

 Alliums from last May...

 I love ivy and have clumps of it growing in the makes mounds and doesn't flower and looks stunning to my eye...

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:18

I'm always dividing mine, every summer. I have too many now! So some will go in the garden this year. They are so difficult to kill that a few spare ones sat in an empty seedtray all winter and they are still alive!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:42

Oh David Spikes! This is all happening today in your garden? How lovely it is looking!

My herbaceous growth is still languid

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 18:47

I pity your flood Rainjustlearning!

I have a nesting pair of Blackbirds in my Ivy, right above my kitchen window. I'm so happy about that 

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