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!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Sun, sun, sun................................

For a change we are having lots of sun, hence the Pimms. Do you like my new jug, it has matching glasses, I am thrilled with it.

The garden is coming along, although the difference in growth between similar plants is rather odd. Not something I have dealt with before.

The green large leaved plant is a Paulownia tomentosa (Foxglove Tree) if left to grow as a tree it will flower beautifully. I grow it for the large leaves, so each year it gets the chop. The following year I only allow one bud to grow, you can practically see this grow on a daily basis.

Now this one, as you can see from the trunk is actually the first one I ever had. It does have 2 buds, but up until last week it only had the top one. I will snap that off in a mo. But you can see its well behind the other one.
The blue pipe is still in situ for our water. This all happened the beginning of April and hubby is now phoning on a daily basis to push the insurers along. I think he's on first name terms with all the staff now!!!!

My beautiful Brugmansia Sanguinea, since it has been planted out it has not stopped flowering. I definately want to try and get them all in the ground next year. This would have looked so much better as a standard, with all those flowers hanging down.

Here we have Dracunculus vulgaris, Dragon Arum, this is huge, bigger than my hand. I think it liked all the rain it got over winter. Currently well shaded by the bamboo trough which I am planning to move next year. I must plant something that offers it a similar amount of shade. The MASSIVE disadvantage to this is the 'stench' it gives off to attract flies for pollination, I may just have to chop the flower off. The leaves and the stem are so beautiful though!!!

meanwhile the flowers on the trachy are nearly over so will give them the chop shortly so the goodness goes back into the palm.

Back later!