Sunday, 5 October 2014

Time to Wind Down?

Well not in the garden, it is still growing madly.
I am full of some virus or other, which annoys me no end. I wouldn't mind if I ate junk food all the time, but I don't. I eat more than my 5 a day and I also take supplements. I was checking bacl through my blog and it seems to be a regular occurrence for me in the autumn. I am seeing the doc next week, so will ask.

Back to the garden. I am afraid this will be a post minus photos as my camera has gone 'caput'!
The patio currently has 2 potted brugmansias flowering madly, a San Guinea & Grand Marnier. The yellow brug, I planted in, is covered in blooms and the scent here is AMAZING!
The pink passionflower next to the tree ferns has just decided to flower, whilst the Cobea Scandons Alba has scrambled all up my neighbours fence and is currently trying to get in the house is also flowering.

The new jungle bed is looking empty, although the plants that have been planted seem happy. I have great plans for this next year.

The flower bed to the right of the veg beds is looking glorious, with sedums, verbena and dahlias all in bloom. I really need to get in and give the bed a good digging over as the bindweed has flourished this year. I am seriously thinking of digging everything out this autumn, getting the bindweed roots out of the roots of flowers and shrubs then digging in some manure.Then replanting, I may employ some help.

The archway that I had intended to replace this year is still standing. I kept spending the money on something else!!! Although one of the jasmines that scrambles over it is looking decidedly dead!!!

The passionflower by the pond is still flowering. The large raised bed had been emptied of plants which I was supposed to redo a couple of months ago but it never got done, so it will wait till next year now.

My pond is as healthy as ever but does need a bit of a 'sludge' clear out. The baby orfe are huge for babies, and if they over winter well, I will probably sell or give them away next year. The Gunnera has not done well this year and I am in two minds what to do with it? If I dig it out, it will mean having to be very careful not to damage the liner, then what to replace it with? The fence panels here are totally rotten, but trying to get the neighbours to do anything about it, is difficult as they have a serious hedge there side so can't see this.

If you remember we dug out the veg bed next to hubbies office and turfed it. This looks so much better now, especially since the neighbour at No2, took out some silver birch trees. The difference at this time of year is huge.
I am in the process of insulating the greenhouse, but its a slow one, with not being well! Hubster is not in my good books as he left the greenhouse doors open last night and we had exceptionally low temps last night!
Well that is all for now, will try and beg borrow or steal a camera for next time.
 


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Plant and forget!

I do this all the time, I plant out plants in the spring/early summer and totally forget about them, only to be surprise later in the year when a flower appears.
This happened today whilst I was clearing the raised bed next to the pond. I had planned to fill this with succulent and cactus as this dries out so quickly so these plants would be ideal, but I am still not certain.


Whilst digging it out I came across this, isn't it beautiful, I do love white flowers. I don't even remember planting it!!! There are quite a few buds on it as well.


This plant has been so neglected, no watering, no feeding, nothing. Yet still it produces beautiful blooms like this.
I have a number of Passionflowers now and just love the blooms.
I didn't think this one was going to flower at all this year, but noticed these flower buds today!


Meanwhile this one, also down by the pond , had I thought stopped flowering but, as you can see it continues to flower, over and over again.


Cobea Scandon Alba, another neglected plant is covered in buds at the moment.


another favourite of mine just opening, a passionflower.
It amazes me how these beautiful these plants are and that I have actually grown them in rural Wiltshire!


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Recuperating!

I am taking it easy after, another, necessary operation!!! For once I am trying very hard to be good. The frustrating thing is the weather is so good that if I was ok, I would be out in the garden.

Instead, I am gardening with a camera, making a list of things to do.

The neighbours wretched hedge is a right pain in the proverbial. Planted nearly 20 odd years ago by the then landscape gardener neighbour, who kept it well trimmed and below fence level. Two neighbours later we have this, we are lucky if it gets trimmed at all, when it does it is not done well.



I go along and trim back what I can. But this needs to be done again soon.


This honeysuckle is going, its driving me potty. The bushy thing, (forgotten its name) is also moving in the autumn.

The Passionflower is not flowering anymore but it has been stunning, we have loads of fruit now. This has done so well this year, probably due to the mild winter.
The raised bed has been emptied, of its palm and hibiscus. I am still deciding on what to do here. Its very well drained so I had been thinking of putting in some cactus/succulents.


As you can see from the next photo this area is a lovely seating area, especially now our other neighbour has chopped down 3 of her Silver Birch trees. So I am tempted to put in some lovely smelling plants in instead. Choices, choices!


I still love my big leaves though!!!