Friday, 7 June 2019

What would I do without my family!

So it is 3-4 weeks since I had the work done in my garden, normally it would have taken me a couple of days to get it all sorted and planted, but I just can't do it. So I have had to be patient, not something I am good at, but because I physically haven't been able to do things, it wasn't too much of a problem.

So I must thank from the bottom of my heart, both m girls and my lovely hubby. None of this would have happened if they hadn't been popping round to do the heavy work and planting.

So the top bed:-

The Paulowina is off, I have 3 shoots growing at the moment, but I think I will take one off.

The Petasites, still being kept in its trough, but watered and fed regularly has been moved to infront of the boiler to disguise it a bit.

Looking down the garden, past the new bed which has had bagfuls of compost and manure added before the planting began. What I cannot believe is how much of a difference the hedge on the right being cut down to below the fence level has made. The Alliums actually grew upright this year instead of growing out at an angle.

The hedge on the left has also been cut back. This bed all planted up, wait a couple of weeks and it will start looking good.

The new bed, a lot of annuals in here for now, just one or two hardy. I need to get hold of some really good hardy plants.

The Trachycarpus Princeps just to the left of the Cycas is quite small at the mo, but will grow, but not as big or as fast as my other one I have been informed.

I will extend the sleepers, probably next year when I have a bit more cash.

The arid bed, still growing like crazy, I never do anything to it except cover it in the winter and throw some chicken pellets on it during early summer. I do wish I had realised just how big they where all going to get, I would have spread them out a bit. I had no idea just how much they would love my garden.

Opposite the arid bed, looks boring doesn't it, qiute a few hardy plants in this area, just have to wait and see if they come up.

Lower bed on the right, this is an odd part of the garden, the T-Rex, (big leaved plant on left of pic) has been in here for quite a few years now and should be considerably bigger. No idea why it hasn't grown, although I suspect a large orange blossom bush/tree on the extreme left of the pic is taking over this bed. We are seriously considering getting someone in to dig it out!

 The pond area, my 2 Red Hot Pokers have flowered this year, they increase in size year on year, so when I'm dead they should look amazing lol!!!

Raised bed by bottom patio, odd bed? This is were the spider plants survived the winter. We have planted a Passionflower on the right so hopefully that should start climbing this year. This should start looking better in the next few weeks.

Behind the pond, another odd bed, bottom right of the pic below, is another newly planted passionflower. there are some hardy plants in here somewhere but they have yet to rear there heads. Because its up against the fence, I think it stays rather dry during the winter hence the disappearing hardy plants.

The fish pond! The sooner someone invents a contraceptive pill for a pond the better, we reckon there are over 50 fish in here. Flippin things keep breeding!!!

The bottom bed. This is the wettest part of the garden but still the Gunnera refuses to grow, I have threatened to dig it out but hubby says no.The arum lily on the other hand is doing fine. We have planted 2 new clematis to climb up the frame and there is also another T-Rex newly planted here as well.

So there we go, I haven't shown you the bed on the right of this area because we haven't got that done yet. its another difficult bed as my neighbours euphorbia and mint has decided it would much rather grow i my garden than hers. It has become quite invasive really and has spread practically the length of the bed.

I am funny, a lot of the plants I grow can really romp away but I would hate to inflict my plants on my neighbours so I keep these ones potted up. I think I probably think this way because this has happened to me and I don't like it. Maybe I should set them free after all?????

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Redesign a section of the garden.

Obviously, before you all tell me off I did not do this work. I had to 'pay' someone to do it for me!!!

So it started off like this and after discussion with hubby, he thought it would be a good idea to get it done. So I searched around to get some sleepers and the company we bought them from last year to do round the arid bed where still selling them, and they didn't even charge me delivery!! It was meant to be.

Then I found a local gardener man on Facebook, who didn't charge the earth and he came today and did all the digging, cutting fitting and screwing.

I must admit sadly it is not as good as the guy who did the arid bed, but then what do you expect when there is a difference of a £100 per day!

As you can see he has done the bed the other side, so its all matching up nicely.

What I need now is topsoil, to top up the right hand bed.

A work in progress, hopefully over the next week, whether I have topsoil or not we will plant it up.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Can you tell I'm bored???

I have nothing else to do really,so I wander sedately, not a word I use a lot, around the garden and spot things!

Today I spotted this

then another one

and another

and another

what are they?  Spider plants, Chlorophytum Comosom. Yes it surprised me as well.  

The mother plant is huge as you can see, and the are so easy and forgiving to look after, mine thrive on neglect. Nobody wants the babies, so last year I planted quite a few around the garden, just to see whether they would grow.

The do and this is the only photo I could find and this one was taken in October.

So those baby plants have come through the winter outside, unprotected, in the coldest part of the garden and I live in a frost pocket too!

Mother nature is amazing!

Monday, 13 May 2019

Time on my hands!!??

Since my relapse, I have spent a lot of time just sitting as I don't even have the energy to move. Apart from being bored out of my brain, I play brain games, silly games, watch Netflix and all the rubbish on there. I read lots of gardening magazines, well read isn't quite what I do as my brain gets in a jumble with words, so I look at pictures. Then occasionally I wander down my garden, take pictures and plan!!!


I hadn't 'planned' to change anything, but as you wander and sit in different parts of the garden you think, well I do. This is also very dangerous.
Since we took the palm out I have been thinking about this area, it has never quite worked out as I had hoped it would.

I put a lot of my potted plants on here.

Which as you can see are getting quite big, a bit too big for the green house. The Brugmasias have now gone, the large Cycas I have planted out, the large fern Cyathea Cooperi I just chop back the pop in the corner of the greenhouse for winter, it will get to the stage where it will get too big but until then this is one I will hang on to.

They also require a fair amount of watering which I don't like to do too often.

So I thought ........... 'what  can I do here' and it came to me , quite obvious really when you look at the first picture and now the palm has gone, the gravel and slabs are going and I am going to have one big flower bed. Well hardy tropical bed actually. Not right out to the path but about 8 inches away from it.

Then I will have the joy of planting it up. I have a couple of plants in pots which can go in here. I do have a lovely water feature ball pool which is run on a solar pump, which I will have to rehome, I would like to keep it but may have to jig things around to fit it in.

So there it is, The Plan, when it will occur I have no idea, it may even change, but that is the joy of a plan.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Brahea Armata, dead? Well maybe not!

My eldest daughter was over today to help me in the garden now I have no energy to do anything due to the M.E.

She was going to dig out the 'dead' Brahea Armata which looked a lot worse than this picture. I forgot to take a before picture, but basically it was totally brown.

I knew I hadn't done anything so was wondering what had been going on. The plan was to dig it out, pop it in a pot, somewhere warm and out of the way and monitor it. So out it came, a little too easily for a plant that had been in the ground since 2015.

The roots had not really expanded from the size of the pot I got it in. which was a little surprising, that was until we looked closer and found.....

It was in a smaller pot which had been inside the roots of the pot I bought it in. No wonder it hadn't been growing!
So we managed to remove this pot and reveal some really healthy roots and it is now potted up and a nice big pot and sitting in the garden in a warm spot where it will stay for a few years i the hope it will come back.

These are renowned for sulking after repotting so patience will be my watch word!!! Well we will see, as I don't have a lot of it!!!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Very Full Greenhouse.

Even though I started the Ensete off in March, the pot stored ones have definitely got away faster but the dry stored ones are proving to be challenging.

I have loads and loads of seedlings, I have restricted how many I sew but  still have loads so  do sell them or give them away.

That will be my hanging basket, the one at this end of the shelf is going to my mums.

The Ricinus have all come up, well not all, Blue Giant yet again failed me this year, same as last. Disappointed as I got fresh seed as well.

This Agave has not done well, think it might go in the bin!!

A few more cactus on the shelf.

These are my Dahlias, Salvias, Lobelia Tupa plus one or 2 others all outside as space is limited.

I dug up some of my Pink China elephants ears just in case, now I have loads as the garden ones have overwintered well.

It has been a struggle as the doctor has confirmed my M.E (Chronic fatigue syndrome) is back. I am very frustrated as I/we have no idea why? What set it off, especially after doing all that walking last year, thats when I would have expected it to rear its ugly head.
Anyway, I have to relearn 'pacing myself', I was never very good at this so it will be a challenge.

Last weekend one of my small, easy jobs to do, was to fit the solar water pump. I bought it years ago at a garden show, I had planned to use it on the tomatoes in the greenhouse, but never got round to it so it has sat in the shed, in its box.

Anyway the solar unit is fixed to the wall,

the line runs into the large water butt, then is pumped out

along the tubes

to my 3 tree ferns.

Seems to be working well, should have set it up years ago! It will be interesting to see how it goes.

So all is good, except for the Hiniba pups!!! They are really trying my patience, having come through the winter so well, these last couple of months has caused problems, the extremes of temp are causing one or two problems, from the cold to the sudden hot days, they are not as good as they could be or I had hoped.

Time will tell!

Friday, 19 April 2019

Easter Weekend 2019

Easter weekend and we have glorious weather forecast, so I decided with the help of my daughter to unwrap the arid bed.

It has come through another winter unscathed.

When I uncovered I have forgotten just how big the plants have got. Bearing in mind it was covered in October so has been hidden away for 6 months.

Quite amazing that these plants have had nothing for 6 months apart from sun through the cover or wind through the ends of the tunnel.

They still look as good now as they did when I covered it. I have been warned that the Agave Montana in the next photo is going to get huge. When I planted it I had no expectations of it even surviving and here we are 4 years on and its romping away.

It must get good air circulation under the cover because  caught in amongst the spikes, fronds etc

are dried leaves,

to be honest they look a right mess,

but you won't find me poking my hand in there to clear them out!!!

The rest of the garden looks a right mess and is very bare, because we live in a frost pocket and I'm not getting any younger, plus having a terrible time with my M.E. I have been seeking out hardier plants.

Where I can't find them or for that matter afford them I fill it with annuals.

This side is slowly getting there with more hardier plants.

 The Olive trees sale through with no protection.

My ideal garden would be totally like the arid bed, I would love to build a poly tunnel over the whole thing for 6 months then take it down again, but I'm not sure there is such a thing as a 'temporary poly tunnel'!
Mind you 6 months down the line I would probably change my mind .......... again!!!

Back later xxx