Friday, 11 August 2017

What Kills a Plant??

Quite puzzled after a wander down the garden this afternoon, it has rained so much the last few days so I have been busy inside.
Anyway I found this...... quite flabbergasted, this was a healthy green the other day, lovely pink flowers with bees a buzzing. So what has happened


right next door to the above shrub is my clematis, which is also dieing?


I have no idea what is going on or even why? We had a discussion and I will dig out both, the clematis was getting a bit unruly, so it gives me an opportunity to re secure the archway and plant some new climbers. Although I may hold off planting till I am certain there is nothing untoward in the soil which is killing the plants.

On the plus side I got some cracking pics of my Agave today


not the usual view, what really fascinated me was how fat the central spike was


ad the markings.........


then add the colourful thorns and you have a beautiful plant.

Don't let anyone tell you there is no colour in an Arid bed..................





I love this bed so much, need to do some work to the outside of it, replacing the wood with something before it totally collapses, add more gravel, maybe make it a little bigger. I still have lots of Agave in pots that are looking for a more permanent home. Well that is for another post on another day.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Today I Have Been Digging!!

Not normally recommended for someone with a bad back and shoulder, but I thought, why should I pay someone to come and do something I know I can do. I can have a couple of 'indoor' days to recover. So went for it!!!

Remember the big yellow & green bush (on right of pic)



Well I sort of cut it back ........................... a lot!!!


and planted my new Butia


think its going to look good in a few years.


Having done this relatively easily, and no one around to tell me to stop, (hubbies not well) I carried on digging!

This is the lower part of the garden and to be honest is the most neglected, mainly because I'm not sure what to do with it. I have battled my neighbours plants coming through for years, she has a snowball plant, can't remember what its called, but it prefers my garden to hers. Plus a very large Euphorbia which has spread through the whole length of this bed and now it is in the grass.


So the plan is to dig out everything I don't want or like and spend the rest of the year weed killing anything that shows its head above soil.


I was surprised how relatively easy it was to do and very pleased I did not pay someone to do it. Plus I had the company of two little baby robins, who enjoyed all the grubs etc.

I have now come in to record it on my blog, my back and shoulder are bad, my elbows ache a lot, (they always do after working in the garden) and the middle toe I broke earlier in the week is killing me. Maybe I shouldn't make heavy digging a regular occupation!!!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bee........... Happy!

The bees are loving the cardoon flowers.


They get in and sort of roll around,


then become very still.


Love watching them.


My Cycas Revoluta, has had the most amazing flush. I have had this a number of years now and although it has flushed most years, it has excelled itself this year. It is huge, the fronds are enormous and for me it has flushed a lot earlier than it has done before.


I don't think I have done anything different,


I love my garden.


Variegated Agave Americana a very neglected plant, I occasionally water it as I walk past, but every year it gets bigger and bigger, I wish it was hardy, it would look amazing in the arid bed. I think next year it may need to be re-potted!!


My Agave Montana has just opened up some new leaves. I find them fascinating. The marks made on the leaves whilst they are wrapped around the central point are really defined, but, the amazing thing is they remain for years.



Quite fascinating.



My two newly planted 'spikeys' like where they have been put.




The garden is enjoying the rain, even though the work I need to do would be a lot easier if it was dry and cool!!!