Friday, 13 July 2018

Busy old month!

It is a while since I blogged, well blogged here that is.  I, as I have mentioned, I have now started my Million Step Challenge and started a blog to recall my journey, something I can look back on and see what and how I achieved it.

It has been so hot that gardening has taken a bit of a back seat, watering has been the main priority, fortunately we do not have a hosepipe ban, but to help I have stopped using a sprinkler.

Back in May 2015 the Arid bed looked like this

How much has changed in 3 years, it has filled out so much

The Agave Montana is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! you can really see just how big it has grown, when it was first planted it was no where near the edge of the bed, now it has reached the edge and overhangs it.

My spiky pompom, lol! Yucca Rostrata considerably bigger than when first planted.

This end has had the most changes, taking out the Aloe Striatula has left a bit of a hole but I purchased a very small Agave Americana which I planted and looking at it now, knowing how big it can get I think I shall move it a bit more to the right.

 As much as I love this bed I have seen one which I would truly love in my garden. This belongs to a friend who lives near Poole, Dorset a far better climate than I have.

What I love about this, is it looks far more natural. I know its wider than mine, and he is on a hill, plus he is also a builder, so constructs a most magnificent shelter for this to over winter it. I think that is where I would struggle.
When we rebuild the edge surrounding mine, later in the year, I have found a gadget which I hope to be able to incorporate into the build to be able to make erecting the winter shelter easier. I do realise I can't have the height of the plants, that is in his bed, as my garden is far more exposed and my shelter would probably take flight in the winter.
But maybe what I could possibly incorporate is some of the large rocks at the lower edge of my bed but then that would probably look odd, if it swapped to the wood that is currently used, Decisions, decisions.

Now the Phormium has gone I have tidied up and planted up the area, I am still waiting for my Solar pond pump which will run the ball pool.

Everything is a bit diddy, but will grow in time.

We aren't quite sure what to do with this area, so whilst deciding we have gathered all the potted plants here. Makes them easier to water too.

So thats what has been going on here this past month.

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Giant Phormium has gone!

The phormium which has been in my garden since 2015 so not that long really, but boy had it grown.

last year it went mad and flowered and since then it has started to look a right mess. After much discussion between hubby and me, he wanted it to stay!  I wanted it gone. He agreed and did understand why it needed to come out, it did used to look beautiful and structural but since last year it seemed to be dieing from the middle out.

I was fortunate that a lady from a facebook group I'm in, offered to help remove it. She came with her partner today, I went inside to make a cuppa, came back out and her partner had got it out.

I could not believe it.  The roots where relatively shallow, I was surprised. Only once it was out did we realised just how much it dominated the garden.

Just a few roots to dig out and a bit of tidying up to do.

Then we need to decide what to do with this space.

I would like to plant something else in here but the problem is we have  Verticillium Wilt. Prior to planting the phormium I used to have a Catalpa bignoniodes (Indian Bean Tree) planted here, it was stunning. But one year it started to leaf curl and basically die. At the same time the neighbours hedge the other side of the fence started to die back too. This disease is in the soil and sadly cannot be removed or treated.

There is a massive list of plants you can't plant here but on the plus side there are a number of plants you can plant, this includes Bananas and bamboos. I have always wanted a bamboo but have always been too scared to plant one incase it escaped into the neighbours garden. Why I should worry when I battle plants that invade my garden from the neighbours I have no idea, maybe its because I'm a considerate gardener.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

My 1 Million Step Challenge

I have been a bit distracted of late, the reason being I am training!!! Don't laugh, this is serious. After our trip to Budapest when I did so much walking I thought maybe I can do this. So I found the 1 Million Step Challenge which I thought, 'yes I can do this' so signed up. Then read the details!!! The good bit is, its over 3 months 1st June - 30th September. By the time I have finished, providing I hit the step count I will have walked the equivalent of Dover to Edinburgh or 19 marathons!

So I have been trying to up my steps, a walk round the village is 6000 just about 3 miles and I don't do that on a daily basis.

10000 a day, every day for 3 months well who knows. I just hope my knees and hips hold out.

Due to the heat wave I was up at 5 am to walk in the cool, Darcy preferred it too.

To follow my journey and see how I do go here to donate click the link at the top on the right.