Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Autumn Colour

In a tropical garden in October.

The Agave has been phenomenal this year, I cannot believe how much it has grown

the colours are stunning too.

This red is a really, red, red. The photo does not do it justice sadly.

Ricinus flowers and seed heads. Since my old camera died I have had to manage with a little 2nd hand one I picked up and sadly it does not do the colours justice.

These are a stunning pinky red. I have never managed to get seed from them in previous years, heres hoping I will this year.

Echeveria 'Pinky' beautiful

Dahlias coming to and end now. I was never a big fan of dahlias, I can always remember Dad growing them and relating them to 'earwigs'. But now, well as you can see I am a bit of a fan!

Can't for the life of me remember the name of this next plant, it will probably come to me in the middle of the night sometime. Not quite sure where it came from, so I am assuming it self seeded.I have a couple around the garden but this is the best.

Canna, not my favourite but its bright. I know a lot of my 'Tropicals' friends leave these in the garden to over winter and the clump gets bigger and bigger. Not sure if I'm brave enough to chance it.

This Salvia is stunning, I bought 3 from Sarah Raven this year. Althogh all identical they have grown totally differently, 2 have hit 5ft easily and the 3rd about 3ft. The colour is a stunning purply blue. I am thrilled with them, I hope they survive the winter.

Apologies for the lack of posts, it has been a manic September, with nearly 1000 miles of driving to get us and my mum to my nieces wedding, then get mum home again in just 5 days. Prior to this my car died, so we had to hire one for the wedding, then hubby ended up in hospital. Then a car hunt to buy a new (to us) one.
I am hoping for a calmer October! I shall leave you with some pics from my nieces wedding.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Dig, dig, gravel, gravel, greenhouse!

Ignore the fence. I have had enough with this trough, nothing seems to survive in it, it is so dry. I think the wood draws a lot of moisture out of the soil.

So time for a change. I have tried with the lavender for 3 years now it looks a mess. So the contents are coming out.

I have dug out all of the soil from half of the bed and filled one of my metal trough with it. Yes I need the soil but not sure I want it where it currently is, so this may be emptied and moved.

I am currently on a strict budget, so have very little garden money for what I want to do. But 'where there is a will, there is a way'.
For what I have planned, I need gravel, lots of gravel and as you know I have no rear access so can't afford a bulk bag or have access for wheeling it through.

So whilst at Wickes, I found a section with ripped bags of gravel so I bought a load, its a bit of a mish mash, but if I use the mish, mash, underneath I can always finish off with a few bags of nice stuff on the top.

We cleared all the split bags and spent under £10, bargain!

So this is a work in progress, as I find ripped bags I will add too this, digging out the rest of the soil as I find places for it to go.

The fence is another story, 2 years ago the neighbours (whose fence it is) said they would replace it. We are still waiting!! The problem is they can't see it their side, it is behind a massive hedge. We even offered to buy the larger concrete gravel boards for them this end of the garden as here, theirs is lower than ours.

Meanwhile in the greenhouse

I have now, put together all the new shelving.

I am thrilled with the new shelves, well some of them. I love how the lower shelf has a lot of room for slightly taller plants. They are so strong too and still room to slide a few lower cactus underneath on the floor.

The thinner shelf although really strong could have done with being about 6-8 inches taller, for me. But again lovely and strong which is needed as the cactus pots are rather heavy.
My heater is not staying there its just up on the shelf for the moment.

The right hand side of the greenhouse is totally empty. This is where I need to put the large pots. When everything is in the space where the watering cans are and all the shelves will be crammed. The rest of the space is given in priority of height or weight.
Height, goes to the back and centre of the greenhouse. I use bungee ropes to gather up fronds to allow for everything to fit in.
Heavy goes just inside the door on the right, everything else fits in where I can get it lol!

Friday, 1 September 2017

An Early Autumnal Morning.

I think you can always tell when autumn is round the corner, you find spiders in the bath, or when you walk down the garden you walk through loads of cobwebs. I am not keen on spiders but I do love looking at their webs in the garden.

The light this morning was gorgeous.

I love the sun shining through the  trees and plants.

My camera has died so these pics are being taken on my phone.  I don't think the photos are nearly as good, so I'm busily saving for a new camera.

The next photo is my most favourite photo this morning.

Then off on the dog walk

The dog has his 'go faster' ears in place.

the next 4 photos are a landscape view from the top of the hill.