Monday, 28 July 2014

Time flies..........

Since my last post time has shot by, the weather has been too hot for me to garden except for the watering in the evening.
K and her boyfriend have now moved into their house and all of a sudden I have time on my hands. Its very odd not to be needed, or not doing something for someone. Something I am still getting used too and probably will for quite awhile.
So out in the garden, plants are growing well, lots of watering is needed, but I like the cooler evenings. My daughter showed me a photo of a wintery scene and said 'only 16 weeks till this'! So I am definitely not complaining about this glorious weather!


I really, really love these Cleome's. To be honest the photo doesn't do it justice. They are definitely going to be grown next year.


A bit further down, lush and green and huge.The Hiniba, banana with the Red centre is doing really well.


The Ensete Montbeliardii racing the Paulownia Tomentosa.


My Cycas Revoluta, enjoying its 2nd flush in 2 years, I think its now looking like I expected it to. Well worth persevering with.


now has plenty of time to harden off.


French Beans. I love French beans, good job as there are going to be so many of them this year. I like Broad Beans too, but they are such a faff to do!


My lettuce has bolted! I like it, think it looks so pretty and you can still eat the leaves.


The cardoons are doing well where ever I plant them and the insects and bees love them. Hardy over winter is a bonus too.



The passionflower down by the pond, still flowering away merrily....



some of the fruit are ripening. I wonder if we could use them, and if so what for?



Some of the large leaves doing really well this year.


At the front of the house is my window box, now this window box without the plants is very dear to me, as my dad had it made along with another one, now defunked, for our family home. Mum let me have this one when she moved after dad died. Its make from teak and weighs a ton, but I love it.
Anyway as you can see I have achieved the clashing colours I wanted last year. The surfina's where/are not happy here at all , so not much trailing has been going on, it looks just as good inside as it does out!


My hanging basket was my hubbies idea, he saw one just like this in a garden centre, so I thought why not give it a go. Ipomea and Black Eyed Susan. It looks fabulous and has not stopped flowering.


Now for the best bit, I have a pot to the side of my front door and as I'm on a budget this year I ran out of plants, so wandered down my garden to see what I had left. I found a Passionflower I have had for a few years that has done nothing, so I thought if nothing else its green. Anyway it was planted, and bearing in mind this is north facing....



Aren't they the prettiest flowers ever. I may just keep this plant!

Until next time xx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Open Garden Weekend.

Had the village been having its Open Gardens this weekend coming would have been when this occurred. So how is my garden growing? In places well, in others a total disaster.  I love how the planning for this weekend pushes me to get the garden ready. I kept, to my plan even though everything was cancelled.

We still have the water pipes all over the place, hubby phones the insurance company most nights, its a total pain, with Wessex Water, the company who are doing the exterior work, and the company doing the interior work each saying the other is holding them up!!!!

So moving swiftly on to happier things.

I planted a couple of my Brugmansia in the ground this year, just like Will Giles does at The Exotic Garden. I fully expected them to be shredded by the slugs and snails, just like they are when I keep them in pots, but as you can see this one is 'blooming'. I have never had so many blooms on this one before and the evening scent is out of this world!


Down in the greenhouse I am going to have masses of tomatoes.  The pots (yes there is 2 pots) of tomatoes on the left, are going to my daughter. She and her boyfriend have moved into there house last weekend, hence lack of posts.


At the very back one of my cactus is flowering. The Bouganvillia are flowering, infact everything is growing well.

Behind the office are my water butts which as you can see are covered in plants.



A new plant for me Impatiens niamniamensis, Congo Cockatoo. I think it looks like a parrot!



The mild winter has been fabulous for my Passionflower. Can you see all the buds, masses and masses of them. Would have put on a fantastic display this weekend.


I am now producing Passion Fruit. Wonder if it will be edible when ripe?


More and more buds, amazing.


Do you like the new fence? Went in yesterday, bit posh!!!


The Cycas is flushing again this year. 2 Years running, I must be doing something right!!!


The jungle! The banana is not doing well at all, this year. It may be coming out at the end of this year!!!


Finally the Cleome I started off from seed in January, has finally started to flower! As, has the agapanthus!



Till next time!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hurry up Broadbeans!

I want to eat you, then dig you up, and start extending the jungle bed. Removing the gravel, which will go on our drive. Re using the wooden boards to edge the bed. Darcy is worn out, he has been chasing flies in this hot weather! Daft dog.


This trough of bamboo is then going to move...........


to here. Thats our garden waste bin.


 I have some plants ready to go in, my beautiful Phormium, which has been growing along nicely.


My Butia, which really needs to come out of the pot, although it is growing, I think it will romp away once in the ground.


I have 'won' plants on Ebay! Its amazing just what you can pick up from there. I still have some other plants down by the greenhouse that I can put in here too.
As for the rest of the garden , well it is flourishing and loving the hot weather.


 a different view  up the patio this time. Yes the water pipes are still there. We have had glorious weather and have had a number of barbques which we all enjoy.


Our eldest daughter could have moved into her own home with her boyfriend in the next couple of weeks. Very exciting, but also sad. I have been so lucky to have her home as long as I have, so I'm not complaining. She has asked for help with her garden and requested quite a few 'tropical' plants!!!
Thats my girl!!!



Until next time, take care!