Viewing dalfyre's Garden Diary: Spring
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
beat the rainit was predicted to rain so I thought better mow the lawns before that happens.
Lawn mowing completed & grass looks much better.
Once that was done I tackled the dead heading, roses look better now & tidied up the agapanthus.
Once that was sorted I trimmed some of the pyrocanthus.
That pretty much filled up the wheelie bin so I turned my attention to the white violet, it is not looking too good where I planted it, I think too much sun, the leaves are mottled & yellowing so I dug it up & split it into several pieces & have planted it in under the big hydrangea bushes as well as a piece near my Australian violet, one under Eric the Red rose & another under the yellow evergreen.
Hopefully they will do better with more shade.
The Australian violet is thriving as is the pink violet there in the same bed.
It would look great with the white violet in between them & hopefully I will be able to add the sweet violet (Viola Odorata) from Mum once she remembers to bring me some.
Monday, February 9, 2009
give away timeor should that be thyme give away?
Mum came to visit so I was able to give her a few plants I had potted up.
Silver thyme, pizza thyme & golden marjoram as well as the rose 'Eric the Red' and a tomato with two small fruit on it..
I will have to pot up cuttings of the oreganum "Hot & Spicy' & the orange thyme.
Mum also expressed interest in my white hydrangea so need to hurry up & get cuttings of that.
And need to find out if I can transplant the suckers from the Chilean Fire Bush...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
new plantsbought a selection of plants at the Warehouse, 3 shrubs for the back garden & I ummmed & ahhed over lavender on special & then spotted a penstemon - Electric Blue.
No price tag but I didn't care, I just had to have it.
It was less than $5.00 so that was ok.
I then had to figure out where to put it.
In the end I dug over the garden in front of the chimney & removed more Narcissus bulbs, there were masses of them & I had to dig up the roses there to get them all.
The roses should appreciate not being swamped in spring.
One, a cutting form Eric the Red went into a pot for Mum, the other 2 were replanted in almost the same spots.
Then I dug up the nemesia & transplanted them - I ended up with extra plants as some split & I had bits with roots - too good to waste.
The electric blue penstemon went into the garden next to the purple penstemon.
I mulched around it with what was left of the leaves Ken cleared out of the guttering.
He had bagged all the 'muck' in supremarket bags to dispose of - I rescued them & it has been excellent mulch.
I did the tomato plants while I was at it & wished I had a lot more as it is just brilliant.
Monday, September 22, 2008
a new tomato experimentDecided to plant tomato seeds - ones saved from the last harvest...
they have been sitting on a windowsill in a plastic box, I filled some pots with soil from under the pittosporum.
Lots of leaf litter there nicely broken down over several years lying undisturbed.
I just squeezed the tomato pulp into each pot & now have them in a big plastic bag lying on it's side like a mini tunnel house.
Be interesting to see if any germinate.
I have had volunteer cherry tomatoes nearly every year since I first planted them.
The odds are that I will get honesty coming up instead.
At least I will recognise them & be able to weed them out before they take over.
Meanwhile my baby tomato grown from a pinched out lateral & nurtured lovingly through winter is flowering... might be a little early for it to set fruit.
I can see tiny laterals on it - next experiment, try growing new plants from those.
Plants for free - my favourite kind!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Did Parsley save Rosemary in Time?Asked by small child after hearing the Simon & Garfunkel version of Scarborough Fair...
my herbs are thriving.
I didn't realise how much so until I found pix taken when they were freshly planted.
The roses are shooting away, wonder how they will flower this year.
Last year they were lovely.
I did a little weeding & planted the last 3 cyclamens into woodland area.
Hope they survive - time will tell.
Chita's camellia is flowering.
Still a small plant although it must be 10years old now.
She won it at the Dalmatian Club show in 1998...
Best Bitch & Open In Show - she did good that day:)
Poor old pup, she turned 14 yesterday on the 20th
Monday, September 15, 2008
death from aboveI finally had the time & a calm still day so out with the spray & all the weeds growing in the shingle drive have been misted with what I hope is a lethal dose.
Also sprayed the masses of honesty in my woodland corner.
I suspect it will take years to eradicate it.
I also sprayed my roses with shield, they look good so far.
Look forward to the cuttings flowering so I can see what I have;
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
New plantscouldn't resist the bargain bin at the warehouse.
This time I was more cunning, instead of searching for the cheapest I looked for the healthiest.
No guarantee that they will do any better that the sad alyssum I planted last time.
think all 6 have up & died.
But for the record I now have 2 azalea indica, hopefully two different colours.
3 pots of cyclamen, one of which has 3 plants in it but no clue as to colour
The other two are cyclamen pink & a darker purple/pink.
And one 6 pack of pansies, Delta white
plus I bought a bag of acid fertiliser to give my acid lovers a boost.
It is a cold windy day & not keen on going out but these new babies need to go in...
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Spring has sprungFirst day of spring was a cracker!
Sunny & warm, perfect gardening weather.
Unfortunately winter's last gasp left me with a nasty cold & I spent the day inside feeling sick & sorry for myself.
At least I can look out the window & enjoy the daffodils coming up.
Bluebells seem to be doing ok, I was worried that moving them might be a fatal error.
Don't know if they will flower this year.
I can see the peonies starting to come up.
The sweet peas I planted in autumn are up to the bottom of the chicken wire on the fence.
I lashed out & bought a pack of seeds - if I am offered seedlings again at work will put them in further down & see which do best.
My baby tomato plant has made it through winter, will keep it potted & protected until late spring.
Be interesting to see if I get a decent crop off it.
If this experiment works I might get better organised & do more next time.
Wonder if I could turn the little strip of garden on the terrace int a mini tunnel house?
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