Two ERIN, One Barton And A Remmmmmmmiiiinnnningtoooooo—-n

All sung to the twelve days of the Silly Season. Lovely morning here in Somerset, and I could not walk by without a click of the shutter. Colours are lovely to see.

Enjoy the day, or should that read days? I think we are in for some rather nice weather it would seem. The mercury be a poppin upwards 🙂

Four accents


Dwarf Allium & Others.

I’d been looking for one of these for sometime now, and whilst I know I could order one over the internet it was never really a consideration. Taking a trip up into the Quantock Hills we dropped in to Triscombe Nursery for just a look around. There as I turned the corner and made my way to the Alpine selection (where else), was a handful of Dwarf Allium. For under £2 one was picked up ready for planting in a pot.

I had one in mind which is a Tony Remington one. Previously it contained my first Echeveria which had been flowering for weeks. I frequently retire a plant to the garden; I’m sure if the plant could think it may well appreciate the move. Fortunately here the soil leans on acid based and just about anything you plant grows extremely well.

I also had some wild violets and a few Rhodohypoxis so just mixed them up some. Has a ‘just-planted’ look but will soon fill the pot. All I can now smell is onions … hence working with Alliums.

TR pot stuff reduced


I’d not had a lot of luck with miniature hostas this year, but came across a pretty Blue Mouse Ears advertised by Bali-Hai Nursery. Free postage on this one and I knew I had an ERIN pot ready and waiting. Bonsai Eejit has recently paid a visit to said nursery; lucky fellow. Check out his wonderful web-blog, be warned though … it is a very addictive site.

Mouse Ears Hosta reduced


I had some Allium left over so popped some into another ERIN pot that was currently empty. Not for long round here though!

Blue wee pot reduced


This next one again was currently empty and I had some spare of this one so for now it really is just about differing heights and colours when viewing these small plants. Also one from Vic at ERIN.

Moss type reduced

Flowering Sempervivums

I use the plural as this ERIN pot I showed a while ago, which was really not a lot more than throw some spare stuff in a pot and see what happens.

I’m delighted the central sempervivums have decided to flower; at least I get a nice display. There are six or seven different kinds in this one pot. 9cm wide x 4.5cm depth.

Mixed sempers


Bergeranthus as Accent

I didn’t actually get a lot done yesterday as where I live we are fighting a wind turbine application, so doing all we can to get the infernal thing refused! Anyway I did want to take a break and out came the trusty Canon camera complete with 24-105 L series and see if I can improve. When I say improve I keep slipping bak to using the 55-250 lens which although good should not in theory be able to compete against the 24-105.

So two images today. One is a Bergeranthus glenensis which I have reduced greatly to fit this ERIN pot. I’m going to have to stop saying ‘it is one of my favourite pots.’ It would seem I keep saying it! But then this one is .. a favourite. At just 8cm wide and 6cm deep it reminds me of the ‘Harry Potter sorting-hat.’ Internal is quite a bit smaller at 6cm wide x 4.5cm deep. I truly think Vic at ERIN excelled himself (if that is possible?) when he made this one! Anyhoo, enough prattle, here is as above:

Reduced image size Bergeranthus

Medium is the new mix: one part smallest C/L. One part small Akadama. One part Melcourt Propagating Bark and one part Kyodama grit. Topped off with aquarium grit which is Roman Gravel. With such an open mix it WILL be impossible to over water. Yesterday the flower refused to open. A quick water and hey presto as if by magic the flower fully opened. It should keep flowering all season. Flower starts pink each day in the closed position and opens Yellow. Not hardy so if you want to have this succulent as an accent you will need to over-winter in a frost-free environment but not heated.

When I put it back in the middle of two other accents I could not resist a shot. Thank you once again for reading my ‘stuff!’

Three pots


Accents Again.

Found some images I missed dropped into another folder so thought I’d include. I was sat on the patio, on a chair while my wife changed the pots over for me (I’m disabled), during the while a lady blackbird turned up, took a look at me and simply carried on ignoring me completely other than a casual sideways glance intermittently.

Other than pulling out all the sedum, crapping all over the lovely newly painted birdhouse & feeders, wrecking an odd accent they give us so much pleasure. I’ have ended this post with some shots of said Lady B.

Here I’m a bit confused, this Lewisia Little Plum has given me a profusion of flowers and this must be the sixth week or so that it carries on. The foliage however is not doing so well and my worry at this stage is it may not make it. If anyone can advise me I’d be grateful. Pot is an ERIN.


One of my absolute favourite pots a very shallow Dan Barton made one.Just 1.5 cm wide and very shallow. I’d been reducing this Sempervivum down for a while now and it seems to have settled well into … wait for it, drum roll, CAT LITTER and some propagating bark topped off with lightweight aquarium stone. I know I know, I’ve always condemned the use of litter. This is non clumping Sophisticat Pink which came from Pets at Home. I understand this is high fired baked clay similar to Seramis but lighter and pretty grand at retaining moisture. I used it as I simply cannot afford Akadama any longer, and apart from the perfumed smell which does dissipate fairly quick it seems fine. If everything dies then I’ll ditch it. Offer the link has is two 30 litre bags for £16 which I can assure you is a heck of a lot. Dust seems minimal and sieving down to two sizes was easy enough. Initially with this I’ve gone with 75% CL to 25% chopped mini bark.

The odd colour will likely fade, but top dressed this is no issue. If you canna beat them .. join them is what Pop used to say.

The pot then after all that gabble.


This ERIN pot is a firm favourite with plenty of room. 11.5cm wide x 6cm deep. Blue Mouse Ears Hosta but actually not doing very well. What is it with me and miniature hostas!?


This £3 pot from a garden centre is housing a small alpine Dianthus. Not frost proof at all so I’ll remove plant for Winter. Just handy for a pit of colour. 9cm deep x 8.5cm wide.


A wee Birthday present from my wife, a lovely pot planted up with Rhodohypoxis. I like to have pots at ground level to splash some colour around.


And finally. Madam Blackbird.

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Thank you for looking and if you can help out on those questions I’ll be really grateful.


Some Accents

I like to use my wee pots, and some are really quite tiny. This year I have been using quite a few Sempervivums (Houseleeks) that I started off with a few years ago and removed many of the smaller side plants (Jack n Jills).

I’ve actually been struggling a bit getting the soil mix right for succulent based plants but I may now have cracked it.

Anyway, here are a few of them this morning.

First is an ERIN pot with just one Semper that has done very well indeed. Just a single plant when potted up.AC1

I actually intended to show a new pot that arrived yesterday from Vic at ERIN. I wanted some simple but interesting lines with sufficient width and depth for a project and I am really pleased. 9cm x 7.8 deep.


I had this tall pot left over from a cascade project that sadly passed on. I’m seeing if I can get this gorgeous alpine to roll down the sides. I like the use of different sized pots it seems to make it all the more interesting.


This then a Dan Barton pot that I have started off a general succulent range of plantings. Not sure how it will pan out, but they were all growing here at home.


This is a Tony Remington pot (the glaze being a give-away clue) and houses an Echeveria that is still flowering. This being its eighth week of flowers.


Back to a tiny pot that I added to my collection last year. ERIN once again. 4.8cm wide and 5 deep.


One of my favourite John Pitt pots. This was so small when I planted it up; I’m pleased.


And finally not a plant this time but the only small rock that I own. Stands just 7cm high x 9 wide and 6 deep. I made the small base out of a hardwood door threshold end. Using a thin blade on my cordless jigsaw without pendulum action I just got away with the tight curves which match the rock base. A little too thick but hey ho I’m no purist.



Enough then for today. I will put some more up tomorrow. I use a Canon 500 fitted with my favourite everyday lens the 55-250. Custom white balance ISO 200 mostly, 5.6f. Hand held no tripod.


Erin Accent Pots

Two new Erin accent pots added to the collection today. Both around 8 to 9cm wide by 3cm deep.

Now all I need to do is decide what to put in both:-)