Sunday, 12 June 2016

Garden Housework!

Me do proper housework, rarely but in the garden I do tidy up quite a lot and at long last the greenhouse is more or less empty of plants. Kathryn very kindly took my winter bubble wrap down, so today I have been sorting out the sadly neglected tomatoes!

So the greenhouse went from this

too this..

looks a bit better doesn't it.

I have also been busy up the garden too,lots of planting, I bought this Canna the other day and its already flowering!

My new elephant wall hanging, rather cute I think.

A new Tiki Mask, next to my tree ferns and Spotty Dotty.

George never cam out last year, totally forgot about him, but mnot this year!

I have decorated my Trachy trunk with my Bromeliads , I was surprised how wet they get in the rain I thought I would have to water them more. I do like them.

Everything has started growing now we have had some rain.

My Mexican Blue Palm, Brahea Armata, was planted here at about this time last year. I haven't done much with this area as I wanted to make sure the palm was happy here. It is and is starting to romp away. 

So I am placing plants to see what will look good. I will probably raise the edge and add more gravel before I plant anything.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Beautiful Bank Holiday Weekend, for a change.

The bamboo in the trough has been annoying me for a while, so on Friday I rallied the troops and it took 4 people 4 hours to remove it! It is now bagged up and ready for collection.

makes a huge difference and the jungle bed will now get loads more sun. I have decided to fill the trough with more arid plants!

On Saturday I dragged hubby out to a little know garden centre and reptile rescue centre, I nearly came back with a large tortoise, but I think Darcy may have been a bit upset! Instaed I came backe with some succulents and cactus instead.

This first one is stunnng and my camera does not do it justice, it is a pale blue with pink tips. No name but who cares, when it looks so stunning.

Opuntia  again a little bit different.

 Agave Filifera

Mother in laws cushion,  Echinocactus grusonii.

So today the rest of the family decided to go to a car boot sale, but I stayed home and decided to do some planting. With help I moved the trough to the end of the Arid Bed, as it will get more sun here.

Hubby wants me to plant something to climb along the fence, but I like the 'starkness' of the bare fence. I may and try and pick up some 'large cactus' that I will keep in pots and could stand in front of the fence.

Looks so much better now the bamboo has gone!

So I decided to start planting the jungle bed. Normally I would wait until the 'Nanas' had put on a bit more growth, but they have been really slow starting and to be honest the soils is a damn site warmer than the soil in the pots, so seems to me the best way to go.

I have dug in loads of compost and chicken pellets.

Spread out the bananas more than normal.

Still plenty of space, so will need to find some more plants, shame!!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A lovely morning gardening!

I have had an awesome morning in the garden. I have been digging

and saving my jungle bed from the invasion of the Kerria Japonica, from my neighbour! It is a pain. She moans like crazy about my Trachy, I have never moaned once about her Kerria or Pyracantha she has planted along large parts of the fence and I am forever having to cut back and it has evil thorns too, but I do feel a moan coming on.

Just dug this Brugmansia San Guinea out, lots of new shoots, will pop it back in somewhere.

Everyone who walks past it says this has grown? I hope so.

The flower bed, I have still to get the sleepers in, but need help to do it,

I have been planting my large plug plants today. I think what surprised me was how warm the soil felt.

I know its an odd combination having an English flower bed right next to the arid bed, but I have no idea what else to do with it.

Although it is south facing, with the fence and the other neighbours hedge. Which grows abotu 2 ft above the fence until they cut it down, I'm not sure what else to do with it. Don't get me wrong I love a flower garden, just a bit odd next to the Arid bed.

If you have any great ideas do, let me know.

I have now managed to get one of my shelves outside of the greenhouse.

This is a tetrapanax papyrifer ‘rex’ I have had up for sale for a while, but as no one seems to want it I thought I wouldn't let it go to waste. Now they don't like being potted, but I thought for one year, what could be the harm.

The greenhouse is emptier, honest!

I have tomatoes too.

and slugs definately jump!

The Rheum is the biggest it has ever been this year!

Colocasia Pink China, shows itself.

Its definately warming up as this little Colocasia has shown its self too!