Potted Relief

It’s fair to say that I don’t do well in the heat at the best of times so you can imagine that over the last week or so with temperatures reaching the low 30Cs (high 80Fs) I have been pushed to engage with the garden.

I’m coming to the end of a weeks annual leave when in the past I would have really tidied up the garden ahead of the rest of the summer.  However, this week the most I have managed is to continue with the endless watering of the pots and trying to keep the newer plantings going.  Luckily, I have been distracted by a lovely day out in cloudy damp Wales and two days of embroidery workshops with friends;  the workshop room had a couple of vast ceiling fans which made it more bearable.

Today we have had a rather cloudy day with heavy rain and storms forecast over the next 48 hours.  Whilst it has still been very warm for this time of year the patio is fairly cool first thing in the morning so I spent an hour tidying and potting up my succulent collection.  The above are Agave montana seedlings which have been bidding their time on the patio and in desperate need for potting up.  The seeds were sown in 2016 and I expect that if I had potted them up earlier this year they would be much larger now but I didn’t.  I think they look rather cute in their matching terracotta pots and they are now residing in groups along the edge of the gravel steps.

I also potted up a few other pot bound residents of the patio including a large branching aeonium, a sad pelargonium and my Bird of Paradise seedling which may flower one day.  I finished with potting up two Sempervivums which I bought in Somerset. These are now forming a group on one of the patio tables along with a Daphne which I am trying to revive.  I’m trying to display my pots in more interesting groups, as per the pot displays I saw in Austin but I think I have a way to go yet.

After an hour I was hot and sticky and retreated back to my sewing which I wont bore you with.  Here’s hoping the promised rain arrives soon.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Pam/Digging says:

    Agaves and succulents in pots are my salvation through the summer months here in Texas. But in just a couple months, cooler gardening weather will return, and all will be right with the world. Well, at least in the garden. Hang in there, Helen!

  2. Oh I remember you saying before now that you don’t enjoy very hot weather Helen. I’m the same and my energy levels and plans have suffered this summer. Those agave seedings look so sweet but the bigger pots of sempervivums are the show stealers. Hope that the promised rain arrives with you soon. We had some last night and apparently there is more on the way. Joy of joys!

  3. It has been rather sticky and uncomfortable, hasn’t it! Almost everything has seemed difficult!

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    Glad to hear from you.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    SIX agaves!? Depending on how big and nasty they get, one might be too many!

  6. Lovely photos! I’ve never grown Agaves but recently discovered a heat trap near my backdoor so they could be a contender. Don’t despair about the Bird of Paradise not flowering. Mine literally took 5 years to give us its first (and only) flower. The year after flower bud was coming up but it went wacky and died instead. I’m hopeful for another one later this year, maybe two as the plant has more a clump quality this time around. Might not sound much, but the flower literally lasted for a month with great build up and wind down after the flowering had finished so well worth the wait. (shameless plug but there’s an article on our site if you want to read about it in more detail!).

  7. marco satta says:

    I have to learn a lot about gardening! Thanks a lot for this post 

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