26 June 2012 17:18:24
Just noticed the sites address has changed.
26 June 2012 00:05:44
Beauties or Beasts
Well, I'm back...and glad to be so. I did a little gardening today and took some pics, both really helping to lift my spirits.
Anywho.. back to what this journal is all about....Plants!
Dotted around my garden are some native and naturalised plants. The pic to the right is a good example of the sort of plantings I'm referring to. (Carex Pendula, Tropaeolum speciosum, Mimulus (guttatus x luteus?), Soleirolia soleirolii)
Though some see them as invassive weeds, with the right conditions and care these plants are stars in their own right, and certainly provide me with my own little bit of heaven.
22 June 2012 18:44:15
Some sad news....
Hi everyone, sorry if lately it has seemed like I've abandoned you all.
My Mum sadly passed away on Wednesday after a short but difficult battle with Cancer.
I hope to be back on board here next week and I'm looking forward to catching up on what you've all been up to.
Talk to you then,
09 June 2012 09:15:52
The Sun is here and I'm on a high
Four hours sleep, that's all I've had, but I couldn't stay in bed on such a glorious day. Sunny mornings always give me a bounce in my step.
Over the last few weeks I've planted lots, but got lots more to get in the ground, and after Laura De Beden's lecture in April, I've been trying to stick to colour themes for different areas rather than the carcrash of colour I had last year. Planting in this way has made things a little bit more fun. It seems almost like creating a sort of floral arrangement but on a bigger scale. Siteing plants can be a bit more of a challenge though.
Completely at odds with this, I've thrown all my cannas and similarly flamboyant plants into one border as I just couldn't wait to get them in the ground any longer. More jumble than jungle, I'm hoping it'll have that in-your-face exotic bedding look by the month is out.
Lots of plants are begining to look good at the moment and I've added another album. That's three albums in one week, which surely must be a record for me LOL but seeing everything thriving in the warm wet weather has my motivation levels in top gear.
This afternoon I'm off to Dhu Varren's official opening, and what a great day for it.
02 June 2012 21:26:27
Isn't it a great time of year for us gardeners. Our gardens are filling out and taking shape, and yet there's still plenty of time for new projects and plantings.
Needless to say, my plantaholism is in full swing and I'm loving every minute of it. I've been planting, moving things around, getting new ideas, evolving old ones, and attending things like Bloom and the Plants Person's Course.
Lots of plants are blooming in my garden for the first time. One such plant is Digitalis (syn. Isoplexus?) chalcantha. It's a lovely woody perennial endemic to Gran Canaria and sadly on the endangered list. A few other Canary island natives are blooming, like geranium palmatum which has reached a massive 5ft tall, and the characteristically tall spires of Echium pininana.
A bank holiday weekend is always a bonus, but it's been like a monsoon out there all day. As we get closer to the Summer equinox, however, lengthened days means I don't have to come in from the garden til 10:30pm, which more than makes up for it.
Happy Gardening Everyone!