Saturday, 22 July 2017

Water v Rain

No amount of watering with a hose can do to a garden what rain can do.


I have decided that rain is the rocket fuel for plants. The pot above had been at the front of the house, since I moved it to the patio it has gone mental.


This year I decided to grow some of my Eucomis in pots. I am so glad I did as they look amazing and you can really see them properly.


Dahlia. When I was a youngster and mum and dad grew dahlias in their garden I hated them. They always seemed to be full of earwigs. But now I love them, and I don't have the problem with earwigs. You can get some really beautiful ones now, I just have to master the art of overwintering them.


The Paulownia is heading for the sky.


Stunning Cardoon, I have had loads of flowers this year, probably about 12, all the insects and bees love them.


The lower 'jungle' bed.


Looking back up the garden under the Trachy.


Phormium, must be close to 20 ft.


Evolving side bed.


The new Butia is still in its pot, I have to remove the large bush before planting it, but I'm tempted to keep it in a larger pot as I like the height it is.


The Arid bed enjoying the rain, I sometimes forget to water them during the summer. Living in the UK I assume that because its cooler they don't need the water as much. But you can literally see them grow after its rains.


Pond, don't you just love the Zebra grass.


The other side of the arid bed, so green.


In the process of dismantling the coal bunker.

Not had much chance to get out in the garden this week as I have had my mum staying. I do miss it.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Three Years Growth

1st year just planted


2nd Year


this year

Side view, just planted


2nd Year


this year


Its only when I see these that I realise just how quickly they are growing and how I need to put plans in place to raising the lid on our winter protection.



The size of my Agave and Yucca Rostrata in just three years astounds me, bearing in mind this is the UK

It gives me a big buzz, but to be totally honest, all I do is weed, feed, water in the summer and protect in the winter!







Saturday, 8 July 2017

Sack of Coal!!

Just to the left of this photo is our final coal bunker. It was moved here 4 years ago when we had our bio mass boiler fitted. We put all our remaining anthracite into it with the plan of using it on the front fire in the winter.


So for four years it has sat here, full of coal and totally unused, so as it hasn't been touched for such a long time we decided to give it to someone who would use it. The lucky recipiant was our neighbour who has a solid fuel Rayburn.


So this morning my local coal man started to bag it all up


This is just half of it.


Then we passed it over the fence, as simple as that! Heavy work but its done now.


We are now trying to get rid of the coal bunker, but I don't hold out much hope, so I have sprayed all the nuts and bolts with WD40 to help, I hope, when we come to undo them and will take it apart later ready to go to someone or to the tip.


In May I bought two new cactus, Pachycereus pringlei and Trichocereus macrogonus, well, today I actually got them planted, without to much damage to myself.


I had to move the large trough at this end just to be able to reach to plant it and found a rather unpleasant surprise underneath the trough................. a nest of rats!!! We have been inundated with them this year, I have never known such a bad year in the 29 years of living here. I have no idea why, except possibly the neighbours who moved out earlier this year took there cats, so we now have no cats in the row of cottages!! Maybe we will have to get another one????