Monday, 23 December 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

I am sorry I have not blogged for ages, I have been 'up north' looking after my mum. She had a fall in August and deteriorated rather rapidly so we ended up staying there for 3 months caring for her.
It was a tough few months in more ways than one.
Anyway mum is now in a lovely care home and has settled well. We have been clearing her house which will go on the market in the New Year.

I hope to be back blogging in the New Year.

I apologise I have had to enable comment moderation as I have been inundated by spam comments.

Happy Christmas to anyone still reading xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Summer, lots of changes.

The garden has been amazing, I have lots more flowers than usual, the nicotianas I planted I though would grow to about 12 inches have hit 3ft plus and to be honest are far to close to the path, but they give a fabulous closed in feeling.


This spikey leaved plant which I have totally forgotten the name of is huge, the one planted in a pot is far smaller.


It is covered in spikes from the trunk


to its leaves....


My new dahlia has excelled its self


the heads are about 6-8 inches across


and there have been loads.


All the dahlias I overwintered have not done so well, but the 3 new ones have done well this red/yellow one with the tree dandelion next to it,


and another new one the flowers change colour as they age.


Amaranthus Pointy finger, looks exactly like a pointy finger, makes me smile every time I walk past it.


some look better than others but you still get the idea.


Canna Cleopatra has not only got stunning foliage



 but stunning flowers as well, I cannot wait for this clump to get bigger, I think its my favourite canna.



Another Canna easily over 8ft beautiful leaves and yes it will flower if the autumn is mild.


 The Rincus in the new bed have reached amazing heights. Blue Giant on the left should reach 10ft plus and out sized New Zealand Purple easily, but New Zealand purple has reached heights I have never seen before in my garden the seed pack says it can reach 7ft well it is way above that. When I put the new soil in this bed I did add a lot of bags of farmyard manure which I think helped. (Note to self: bu more farm yard manure)


Canna Durban looking good against Ricinus Carmencita Red.


Landscape pic of this bed.


Stumpy, well that is what I have called this Maureli against the back drop of the T-Rex it looks quite good but should be 6ft plus, maybe I need more manure down here lol!!


Another landscape photo from the side bed. Butia with Ricinus communis zanzibarensis to the left and the Tree tomato to the right.


The Elephants ears, Colocasia Pink China have been amazing this ear and as far as I am concerned are the hardiest for me.


As a precaution I always dig a few up to over winter in the greenhouse. but the rest are left outside covered with extra soil or manure.


One of my baby Hiniba from last year.



At the back of the Hiniba is a new plant for me this year Manihot Grahamii, its the one with the very pretty leaves. I planted it here to give it protection from an expected hot summer which never happened, so I hope it has had the chance to get some good roots down to help it through the winter.


Now I am preparing for winter and have started to wrap up the greenhouse, more details in the next post.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Front Garden Decision

Today I have come to a decision reference my front garden. It requires too much water!  I only have a tiny water butt which collects water from the porch and is an awful eyesore when no plants are growing. I am forever having to drag the hose through the house to top up said waterbutt, so enough is enough.
I am really disappointed with the display this year, the sunflowers have been decimated by slugs. So what I 'think' I may do (as it can always change), is lose the troughs that sit on the wall behind the box hedge, which now has blight. Keep the hanging basket and windowbox, (my dad made that).
Take out the box hedge altogether and replace it with.......................



lavender! I already have two lavender bushes in the front garden and the bees love them, I always used to have lavender here and it has done well.


So as luck would have it when I was in B & M today they had a tray of 6 lavender plants for £6, £1 each not bad, so I planted them down the fence line.


I will pop out tomorrow and see if I can get some more.

Meanwhile trying to embrace the none watering theme, I made up some wall baskets for the back patio which gets full sun all day 

I basically used what was in the garden and could be dug up, to see if it would work. The planters were in B&M for £1 each. I used soil add lots of perlite so its free draining, added a layer of gravel on the top and 'Bobs your Uncle'!


They will have to be lifted in for the winter but I don't see that as a problem. It will be interesting watching them grow.

We shall see.