Sunday, April 30, 2006

letting the garden grow

I have worked my three shifts out of seven.The garden has been growing and maybe a few weeds too.After all the hectic activity we are all taking a breather.
I bought more plants today, six white trailing petunias for my hanging basket.I am waiting for mat to fix the bracket on.Two trailing bush fuschias will be the main plants and the white flowers will contrast to the pink/purple/reddish flowers from the fuschias.
My pink Camelia has been flowering away.Not its red sibling who sits with green leaves but no buds.Im thinking of moving it in winter further away from the pink one.I might try some eraceous soil at the roots to to try and make it flower!!Im stumped why it does not flower.Is it more sensitive to conditions than the pink one?
Not much else is flowering, apart from the summer pansys and violas.The hostas, roses, and all the summer flowering bulbs are developing slowly.
I need a new mower as the grass is developing.The dandelions have finished their first flourish of yellow flowers.They will be cut down soon.
Seeds wise the mysterious mon lam have germinated, and the evening primrose.Outside the nasturtium in the pot have germinated.
more pics soon,keep on growing!!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday April 28th

Finally posted the pictures i took on my last day off.I was so tired today I fell asleep after my early shift and it was dark when i woke up.This is a snapshot of the garden on wednesday when it was sunny.
I bought a new trellis for the morning glories, made a mini loop for some indoor morning glory sunrise serenade.My mum used to have a flowering jasmine that grew around a loop every year despite looking dead, i was always tidying up dead and diseased leaves.The morning glory loop is three green sticks with string tied between them.Four morning glory plants will wrap themselfs around the stick then cross acrobat like over the string.Once it has grown it should cover the actual home made loop.
I didn't photograph it because its experimental.I did get more little pots for transplanting the sunflowers into individual pots.Fourteen plants now (Chelsea snapped the head off one the little devil).
The morning glories are doing fabulous.Like i said i have a wooden trellis for some of them, and an enormous sevenfoot high looping arch.Alas it needs assembling before i can work out just how big it is.I think it will be a permenant structure in the garden but the plants that climb it will change.
The lilac tree looks really healthy now so i guess the roots have found their feet, and the grass i relayed has covered them from weed attack.
There has been a dandelion explosion.Im loathe to cut the grass because of all the buzzing insects and bee's that might visit.I deliberately left long grass in places for nature reserve.Little oasis's in my garden plan.
The ladybirds have gone mad.Last year i saw one or two, this year its about twenty or thirty.I need to send them to Alameda for Clares garden.Her roses were being attacked by aphids.My ladybirds would demolish them in two ticks!!
I got three trailing Fuschias.Mat (stepson) has promised to put bracket in house wall so i can make a hanging basket.I have:
1) trailing dark eyes
2)trailing Aunty Jinks
3)trailing Marinka
They are beautiful healthy specimins with good root growth, nice leaves.I have them in kitchen whilst awaiting my hanging basket bracket.
On wednesday it was so hot my snapdragons started to droop.I did emergency watering.I guess the clay soil drys out so quick the top few inches.Any plants get their water supply cut off and droop.Last years failed sunflowers kept sagging then taking water up, then sagged untill they expired!!
The japenese maple seem happier under the front room window.Im debating about a screen on either side to stop the wind blowing them too hard, but i think it is relatively sheltered in comparison to the other exposed garden areas.
I posted a nice photo of the view from the hillside to give people an idea of the elevation.Every garden has local conditions to contend with.Mine is wind, clay soil, slugs, snails, bindweed, dandelions, family damaging the plants with footballs etc, and being tired from work to keep on top of garden.With watering and weed control etc.
Last year it got too much at times and i swore blind i would have shrubs that need cutting twice a year.However springtime has got into my blood and im full of the joys...
Hence new plants, repositioning oldones, bulbs, seeds, new trellis and ornamental metal arch.I keep thinking of an ideal garden.
More post tomorrow.Too much work over next six days!!

Morning glories Posted by Picasa

Sunflower little leo's Posted by Picasa

Three impulse buy trailing fuschias Posted by Picasa

View from our hill top Posted by Picasa

Great balls of fire Posted by Picasa

Lilac tree Posted by Picasa

A star like cluster of dandelions in the hedgerow Posted by Picasa

japanese maple ruby garnet Posted by Picasa

Japenese maple Posted by Picasa

Hostas unfurling there green rolled up sails Posted by Picasa

Dandelions over my grass Posted by Picasa

White birch with fresh leafs blowing in wind Posted by Picasa

Euphorbia splurge; exploding green flowers Posted by Picasa

Forget me not (sunshine is making flowers hazy) Posted by Picasa

Snapdragons whirl-ish leaves going around and around Posted by Picasa

New rosebush with fresh growth Posted by Picasa

Erysimum first flowers, buttercup yellow Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Easter Cactus

My easter cactus different view.I think of dragons tongue or red firework, maybe a red sun.You need poetic licence to describe flowers in real terms not scientifuc one which may be precise but lack aesthetic beauty!

Primroses and easter cactus

I fell asleep after work today and woke up a bit later.Some violin playing and a bath later and im posting some pictures.There was a cool post about these magic candelabra primroses, and i posted a comment about how primroses here are favoured by local councils for massed displays.Even outside my hospital!
The triangular bed is on my way from the bus station to the hospital.Mad display of pinks and yellows.Not as bright as the hospital ones.Tomorrows mission is to photograph them.
My easter cactus has got the maddest red flower on it now.Its like a dragons tongue exploding around the green succulent leaves.I cant believe its flowered again.Still more buds developing so expect more pics!!
I read a post before about a sunset cactus?Does anybody know about that.Need that Candelabra link:
I am working tomorrow but thursday will be sunflower plant repotting, and general gardening tidying up.Caan you believe the grass has started to grow back already?
When you dont look things grow and explode with new life, when you look daily you cant see changes.You need time lapsed pictures.Which if you have seen on TV makes plants sprout up, bud, and flower in a cascade of life and movement.
In real life it is gradual, imperceptible to the eyes.Thats the magic of the garden when something suprises you, and takes your breath away.
keep on growing world!

Easter Cactus (bit later than easter though) Posted by Picasa

masses of primroses Posted by Picasa

Wakefield council primrose display Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 24, 2006

Daylight time

I have finished my nights now, and have been in the garden seeing what is growing in this fourth week of April.The lilac tree looks good with leaves expanding from the buds at the top of the branches.
Two forget me nots have small swirls of blue flowers.I find my mobile camera picks them up as purple even though they are light blue.
The carnation plants are growing skywards now.I wander if you can take cuttings because the main plant body snakes over the soil.Sallyanne's carnation in the vase need replacing soon.I know carnations as cut flowers, I hope to cut some for her from our garden.
My japanese maples have regrown leaves after their pot bound drought caused them to retreat into the sticky branches.I think they need a screen one side to reduce the wind that blows across our garden.From one way the border hedge breaks the wind up, but from the front gate side only the green wheely bin acts as a windbreak.
The hostas have appeared again, like old fashioned miners breaking out from the cloddy soil.I think they have naturalised to spread three quarters of the way across one border edge.I hope they can unfurl their green sails before any slugs eat them.
I think the slugs like my forget me nots.They are not attacking the snapdragons, or erysimums.
I have read lots of gardening blogs.How do you add links to your blog?I read about twenty regular and leave comments.From Old roses to Almeda to Canberra to Iowa.
Its funny how Australia is looking Autumn-ish with trees changing leaf colour.In USA and UK its spring with daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, crocuses.
I keep seeing gorgeous tulips in gardens, blogs, and magasines.I want to find a mail order catalogue and peruse through summer before planting in Autumn.
None of my outdoor seeds have germinated either in pots or the long border.When things grow i will be suprised.
The white birch now has delicate little leafs all over it but its too hard to photgraph as the detail wont show.
Back to work early tomorrow but that means an afternoon to tidy up garden, and take pics if anything grabs me...

Sunset in West yorkshire looking down the hill Posted by Picasa

Lilac tree bursting into life... Posted by Picasa

Euphorbia with yellow/green flowers cascading from the centre outwards, like a fire wor display.yellow on dusy purples Posted by Picasa

Hostas coming out from winter slumber... Posted by Picasa

Snapdragon and dutch Iris.... Posted by Picasa