Saturday, January 14, 2017

Four days in...

Four days snowed in with two bored dog and a husband . I have managed to finish a quilt  and start another. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another look at the January garden

Things have changed a bit from yesterdays post ! 

So much snow cover , I 'm having trouble remembering ….what is under there.  Oh yes Bamboo ! The drooping cable is more worrying .

Arctostaphylos before I  swished it with the broom .

Not worried so much about the grasses and perennials , but all the big heavy shrubs along the fence…now where are they. I've been darting in and out , as I suddenly remember : Cistus 'Alma '  Rosemary and  Pittosporum 'tall and tough'  … lets hope so.

Completely bent to the ground Eucalyptus camphora  .

The little shed looks quite sweet ! Haven't checked on my Bonzai  collection sitting on the tree stump yet.  

I think that's Saccharum ravennae  , maybe it will pop up again .

The Eucayptus after a little brush up. It did die back the first year I planted it , so I'm hopeful for recovery !

Monday, January 9, 2017

January in the garden...

I didn't get around to photographing any of the lovely snowy scenes after this weekends  snow  / freezing rain storm. Actually there wasn't a whole lot of snow this time around.
I did have a wander  around today .  No deaths so far …..mostly just blackened  mush ! 

I don't mind the mush at all , it seems to disappear quickly and hopefully enriches my sandy soil.

The shade garden seems to be tidying itself up nicely !  I  mostly left it all to collapse after the summer. . 

The front garden will take a bit of work ! Last year went over the whole lot with the mulch mower in February. Till then I'm just going to enjoy the mess !

Friday, December 16, 2016

December in the garden.

With the second snow storm of December. Time to brave the cold and have a crunch  , crunch around   the garden . 

The dogs have been clearing the paths with many little paw prints.

The sun came out this morning.

Some tiding up may be in order .

No Bloom day blooms …but many sweet snow capped seed heads.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Late November in the garden...

 Now that so much in the garden has  either dropped or collapsed in all the rain  this month.  Eucalptus camphora  or the mountain swamp gum is the stand out ! It's grown to quite a good size , considering that it froze to the ground the first year I planted it.

With some rain stoppage  in the day . I got out and lifted all the cement steps. They seem to sink down and disappear .  Probably not very level , but a start. And a bit of a clearing of some of the ugliest mess. The rest I'll leave for the worms. 

Another job …clearing the path .  

It took some aggressive chopping and pulling , but I can walk though without getting slapped in the face with cold wet foliage.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day

It finally stopped raining ! So I rushed out to find some November blooms. First stop   ….  Arcostaphlos 'Austin Griffiths' . Normally a January bloomer , perhaps feeling the stress this month ?

Same here with A. 'St Helens' , actually I'm not sure which is which .                                                                                        I've been digging out  a  clump of Japanese Anemone , so there is a a huge ugly hole  just out of view that I'm leaving , so I can keep picking out the many bits of Anemone that carry on growing. 

Mahonia 'charity' with Euphorbia ' oblongata' which has been blooming all summer long.

A new bloom ….Correa alba 'Ivory bells'
My favorite annual ...Emilia javanica

Rhabdosia longituba  survived  having been moved this summer. I'm running out of planting space for late  after noon shade plants .

Not blooms ,  but awfully cute Rosa  Chinensis hips , tiny , tiny hips. There are more blooms, but it looks like  more rain !
Happy Bloom day !