YaY! We had some rain this week. Only a couple of heavy showers for about an hour but better than nothing. Here is my Six on Saturday (SoS) for this week.
1. New Hibiscus
I ONLY popped into the garden centre to buy some strawberry plants (see post 3 below) but I could not resist this stunning hibiscus (love at first sight). The hibiscus was only €8.50
The plant is only 10inches tall and the flower a whopping 5 1/2 inches!
There was no name on the label so I will need to google and see if I can track down the variety.
This was another purchase I made when buying strawberries. At €1.75 it was a snip.
Luckily for the plant, I decided to put it in a larger pot to fit the terracotta vase. However, when I removed the pot, most of the roots were a brown squishy mess. I’ve let it dry out completely and on the next watering, I’ll add diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide to bring oxygen to the roots.
… especially when I’ve been growing these cutting since 21st October last year.
3. Growing Strawberries from Seed is NOT Worth the Effort
I planted strawberry seeds on the 7th May and here we are nearly at the end of June and this is all I have to show for over six weeks of growth. When I can buy mature plants for €1.50 each already in flower AND with strawberries, life is too short. If the seedlings survive the heat of the summer and then the winter chill, hopefully, I will have some new stock for next year.
Buying some mature strawberry plants was a great excuse to visit the garden centre!
4. Moisture Meter
What a marvellous little gizmo! I used to work on the principle that if I poked my finger in the soil (pt plants) a couple of inches and it was dry, the plant needed watering. Not so. The top two or three inches can try out quickly but the roots are still wet.
This is what happened with this plant. The top is dry but the moisture meter tells another story.
Dare I say I am pleased with this plant. as it not only survived the winter mostly in shade, it seems to enjoy my quirky humid climate and salt air! This is its second season and fingers crossed it will continue to thrive. I also have one in white and a couple in pink.
Apparently, it enjoys full sun to partial shade and is ideal for ‘lazy waterers.
It does not give a temperature range – do you have these in the UK?
6. Sucky Bugs
My SoS would not be complete without a rant about bugs. I usually remove these orange sucky bugs (not sure what they are called) by hand and spray with weak washing up liquid does anyone have any other suggestions, please?
That’s my six for this week. Why not click across to Mr. P’s blog to enjoy other Sis on Saturday gardeners.