Friday, July 29, 2005

rainy day

It has been a very wet day, it has poured and poured.the flowers have been battered.I looked briefly on the way in.hope its drier tomorrow.keep growing garden....

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Autumn approaches

Just a quick post really.Its July 25th,Sallyannes birthday.I looked quicly around the garden at things that are blooming.I will rise early and take pictures of the growing things.
The evening primroses (the dirty half dozen that have survived the Kalahari like conditions) have gorgeous fat flower buds on them.The second bush fuschia is laden with white flower buds, the first bush fuschia is laden with a second flush of flowering buds.
The free plants seemed to have chilled under the hedges shadow.The spreading pink flowered geranium, and unknown flowering plant have survived the transplanting.
The summer bulbs are just green sword leaves no sign of any blooms...The nigellas are days away from opening the blue ufo type flowers hovering amongst the airy green ferny leafs!
The french marigolds continue to flower, explosions of bright orange, and reddish/orange,Single and double flowers, and the yellow double bloom french marigolds.These are my favourite repeat flowers.They have gained their invite to next years garden (just in my minds eye at the moment).
Moving to the kitchen window border the dutch iris (about 18inches high) have wilted.They are spectacular blue/yellow flowers.They are back next year.I want some different varieties though.Maybe a small section dedicated to Irises!!
The Calendulas have covered the soil totally, little gem like, but no flower buds yet!!
The biggest suprise is the dusty millers (prefer the US name instead of the long one Senecio Cinnereria) have gorgeous yellow daisy like flowers.But masses of them held above the grey/silver icing sugar dusted leaves.
Again the summer bulbs have produced leaves but no flowers!!!!
The lavenders have produced lovely fragrant purple flower spikes.The smell of lavender is so smoothing.The flower spikes are so tactile, and release a whoosh of perfume.I have smelt them a lot, enriches the senses.I have shown Chelsea (aged three) the delights of smelling plant leafs and flowers and herbs.
The pots by the back door have bloomed.The red pelagoniums have produced masses of tightly packed red flower buds.They remind me of sails on a ship, all curled up, but spectacular when they are unfurled.Red sails over green leaves.They have their own smell when touched pelagonium,geranium leaves....
The busy lizzies have gone mad with four variations of pink/red blooming in the square container.They are one of my favourite plants as they seem to like me growing them from packets of seeds.This is the fourth year i have grown flowering plants.
My only mistake was planting out too early.I lost ninety five percent of what i grew.The four in the pot are the ones i brought back inside untill they were big enough to sit outside...
The slug problem seems much less noticable.The little gem lettuces are ready to be picked and no slug danage has been done.I have not put any more pellets down....
More colourful pictures tomorrow.Keep growing, and dreaming new more exciting gardens world.

Friday, July 22, 2005

230th post

I havebeen off today and spent most of the day in the garden trimming the borders and edges, removing weeds, and looking for new growth.
I got some plants from one of my workmates which now sit in a pot.One is a spreading pink geranium.The other is nameless untill it grows flowers from which i can identify it.
The dusty millers have grown magic yellow flowers like daisies but orange yellow.The nigellas have blue flower buds ready to shimmer over airy green fern leafs.
The calendulas have grown big but no flower buds yet.The french marigolds have flowered every place i planted them.
The square border had no moisture in the top few inches of soil.Like the barren Kalahari desert, so thats why everything wilted during the hot days.
The evening primrose near the log border have grown large and have flower buds.The purple cone flowers have been repotted in a larger pot.
For some reason when i looked today the garden borders looked vibrant and cool like the first time i have seen them.I have been working a lot and feeling too tired to be green fingered.
Post photos tomorrow people.May your gardens keep blooming all summer!!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

One year on

yesterday was mine and sallyanne's one year wedding anniversary.I bought her an eternity ring with seven diamonds in it, and took us away for the night to Hazlewood castle.I will post some pictures of the gardens.And some ones i took yesterday of new flowers.
The summer sun has killed a lot of my plants off.The rose bushes went into shock and dropped their leaves.The last buds are flowers and no more untill next year!!
the french marigolds shrivveled, the sunflower and foxglove drooped again.
Things that have flowered are some beautiful dutch iris (blue flowers petals with yellow circles, like the things they use at airports to direct planes).
The geraniums in the front window border have beautifull red/pink balls of flowers.My busy lizzies have flowered.The last four surviving plants grown from seeds!!
In the container garden the sedum have put up gorgeous yellow starry flowers, next to the house leek red trumpet flowers.
Gardens, as in life, have stages.When one door closes (or plants wilt in the heat), another opens (or flowers).
I have mental notes for next years garden.A new front garden border curved along the hedge.
A new garden for Chelsea (aged three) to play with and watch things grow.

Friday, July 15, 2005

hazlewood castle Posted by Picasa

love the lines of rose bushes Posted by Picasa

waterlillys just added Posted by Picasa

hazlewood castle grounds Posted by Picasa

Fab bird outside restaurant Posted by Picasa

Hazlewood castle herb garden Posted by Picasa

Hazlewood castle Posted by Picasa

Geranium (grown from seeds last year) Posted by Picasa

busy lizzies Posted by Picasa

my first dutch iris (ever) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 07, 2005

More garden plans

I have a gap before my proper night shifts begin>I have been watching program's on UK gardens satelitte channel.I have enrolled on a horticulture course made by the RHS.The Royal hoticultural society.It has been collecting garden knowledge for over one hundred years, and educating generations of gardens.Every year it publishes the RHS plant finder, a comprehensive list of all plant dealers.
It has also got public gardens where it can display its gardening knowledge.I have a fat heavy book of gardens, five hundred pages long.
I am starting at the basic level (two), and workin my way up to a master of horticulture.
Today it rained again.Since the hot weather it has rained daily.I still cant get to cut grass which is loving it.
I want to expand the front window border to curve around the hedge, so its more crescent moon shaped.
I have been playing with the idea of a zen garden.I looked up traditional ones with white gravel, raked around black rocks to resemble water.Multilayered japenese stone lantern holders.The soft roofed observation seats, to watch the garden and listen to the rain fallin on it.
The moon garden has a plant list, but no structure yet.I have a little book for drawing ideas and writing inspiration.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Flower buds on the silver fern Posted by Picasa

Rainy day Posted by Picasa

love in the mist Posted by Picasa

Square border fireworkd Posted by Picasa

Little gems Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 04, 2005

pre night shift post

the garden looks great still.the grass is slightly wild looking but nice with white clover throughout it.
the lettuces have grown so they nearly cover the soil.The french marigolds illiminate the square border.flower buds are opening on the over wintered geraniums.bright pink and red flowers soon.
one love in the mist towers all over the others.the evening primroses at the front have shiny leafs and fat red stems.the ones at the back struggle.the sunflower has grown to one foot tall but the hot weather causes it to droop after heat....
i will try to cut the grass either tomorrow after a sleep or wednesday....nights tire me out.