Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Bit Warm Today!

Have you ever wondered why us 'Brits' talk about the weather so much?

As you can see today is rather warm

and yes my sensor is in the shade, and also the time is an hour fast, so this was actually at 14.35pm

But the garden is loving it

The jungle bed is amazing this year.

The tree spinach has reached heights I have never seen before.

This Canna is tall! Can't wait for it to flower.

My hibiscus is flowering, how exciting is that, this is the first year it has flowered since I planted it in the ground! Wish it was blue though. Don't get me wrong I love white, especially white flowers, but I think a blue flower would look good here.

The Arid bed just loves this weather, over the weekend it was drenched in the horrendous rain we had. It always amazes me how quickly cactus grow in the UK. People seem to think that they need just heat. I have bought some of my large cactus from people who have literally just baked them in a conservatory or greenhouse.
Here are mine outside in all UK weathers and they are growing sooooo quickly. This Agave Americana is romping along.

 This next Agave (name has escaped me)is looking so much better since I moved it out of the main bed, where it was being undermined by ants.

Look at my babies grow!

I have had this Variagated Agave Americana for years I repotted it this year, this is one of the few that has to be lifted into the greenhouse for winter.

I do like to garden outside of the norm!

The Cycas Revoluta have done it again, and have decided  to 'flush' now!! I fed and watered like crazy earlier in the year hoping they would 'flush' earlier but this hasn't worked.

To be honest I wouldn't really call the last one a 'flush' more like a few spikes!!

Something going on here! The only problem is, if we don't have an Indian Summer I will end up with 'wrinkly fronds' as they won't have hardened off enough before it gets moved inside!!

But the biggest thing in the garden is the Trachy

I have no idea how I will get up here to tidy it up each year, especially when I am not good with heights!!!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Keeping Busy!

Trying to keep myself busy so I don't think! Spent it on the bottom patio cutting back the neighbours over hanging hedge. Their neighbour the other side has kept his hedge down below fence height, such a shame they don't follow suit. That 18 inches make a big difference to light levels.

They said they would be replacing the fence at the beginning of the year, the panel on the right in the picture above is just propped up, it is so rotten it won't stay in. Anyway we are still waiting!!

The climbing hydrangea that grew up the panel closest to hubbies office decided to die, so I have taken it off the fence and chopped it right back. It may very well grow back, but we will see.

In the meantime I may paint the fence again, as I still have some paint left, shame to waste it!!

My eldest daughter bought me some 'prostrate Rosemary' which I have planted in amongst the lavender, hope it does well here!

Not sure I have shown you the pond from this angle. It really needs a good clean out, should have been done last year, but I ended up having to go 'oop north' to look after my mum after she had a fall and broke her hip.

It is true what they say, if you dig a pond, no matter what, double the size. I wish we had!

My bromliards seem happy and have grown, they where quite small at the beginning of the season.

some flowers..... hiding!

I started growing Cleomes about 2 years ago, I am so glad I did, they are such a beautiful and delicate flower. The added bonus are the seeds. Which grow the same colour as the flower they are taken from!

Finally these leaves are the reason I grow tropical plants, I just love the huge leaves!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

A Difficult 2 Weeks!

Sorry for the lack of posts, we have been having a very difficult time, and have been busily supporting a very special person who is going through a totally 'crap' time, through no fault of there own.

Some pictures to show the garden in all its glory!