Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A very late Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.

I did get out and take photo's on Bloom day. So many blooms this time of year , it's easier  doing this when  just a few . My replanted area is full , almost everything is blooming .

I won't show all the blooms, just the new ones that I grew from seed  this year :                                                          Cleome' Violet Queen'

German Catchfly 'Blue angel'


Nicotiana langsdorfii

Centaurea scabiosa 'Scarlet' ...I thought I ordered 'Black Knight' , I'm having bad luck with the' blacks' , I  haven't had a single Poppy' Black Swan' , I scattered seeds around the edges of the border  in early spring .

Nigella 'blue stars'
I wonder if there was a mix up with my seed packets . These have come up where my  Poppy 'Black Knight' seeds where scattered. I don't know what they are yet ...looks like small white daisies. 

   Xeranthemum annuum which is from seeds I've had for a few years , this is the first time  It's made a nice Plant. I think  it was neglected  last time I tried. 
I didn't get around to finishing my Bloom Day post because I was making more pots.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Some blue in the garden.

I don't have a lot of blue in the garden , but this was a nice patch this morning.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Welcome to the pottery shed

Finally I'm making use of my shed . After clearing cleaning and painting the thing  a few years ago , I  just left it . When recently I started collecting miniature Orchids and mini Gesneriads . I needed small pots .Japanese Orchids ( Neofineta falcata or wind orchids)  need  specialist  pots.  If I wanted them in the Kokedama style.
Well , I've decided I can make my own . I haven't attempted pottery since the 1970's ! 

I loved pottery when I was doing it in school. But  have  not had time or space for it since. I would never had thought it would be so easy to get started again . Thank you... 'Georgies pottery and ceramics' in Portland  for firing at such a  reasonable price.

And so few tools needed...

Suddenly I have so many pots 

Here we are after our biscuit firing. Now to glaze ! This was more of an unknown to me. I remember not liking the glazes that much .
I just quickly slapped three coats on . Some I tried overlapping and a few other  ideas. I took notes on the technique for each pot . The pots are all numbered on the base , so I can tweak things next time.

And here are my Neofinetia falcata  in  my first pots . 

Monday, June 25, 2018

I've got color

A few weeks after my  post on the back garden border redo .  I am seeing more and more color . Now that I have the garden mostly filled in , bursting really . I decided to add more annuals this year . I like easily changing things without having to lift , move or divide  perennials . All of them I grew from seed sowed in May .

The Lychnis I grew from seed a few years ago , and of course seeds itself about quite a bit .

I really need to work on the fence side next.

Cosmos 'Rubenza' starts out a nice dark red then sadly fades , so gets snipped quickly.

One of many different colored Cactus Zinnia , they are just getting started. Only about a foot tall now ,  it says 3feet on the packet .
The Snapdragons were the first to bloom , but many have been smothered by all the Perennials  that have grown bigger than I expected when I planted them out .

And here are all my second string players waiting for a chance. I've since reduced  this crowd . I think probably annuals can be crushed together in the boarder . Some of them can wait till I start to pull thing out.
Amaranth'Josephs coat' . I tried planting a few out early on , but when I went out  the next morning , I found three snails dangling off it , and half the leaves missing , so I'm not sure when I'll be moving these out of the green house . 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A before and after

I'll start with the after...even though with all this wonderful weather we are having the after will soon become the beginning again!, . At the end of last summer I dug out most of the plants like Bronze Fennel  ( too tall, too many) , much of the Helianthus ( too tall , too many) and the Feather grass ...to tall.

I've been busy replacing with mid height planting, most I've grown from seed this year. Mickey is happy to be able to see over the planting 

It's fluffing out by the hour ! , still a few holes to fill in . But I'll be adding more plantss as the summer goes on.

All the  tall plants I dug up were replanted against the fence. 

Mostly green just now, but that will change .

This was the mess I made last year .

And here are all the too tall and too many .

Friday, May 11, 2018

More May

 I Thought I'd better carry on celebrating May before it's over .
The first Roses are appearing , I seem to have collected so many  Roses , including the ones that came with the house , like this one. They are all tucked into shrubs , so they are taking time to make an impact , If they survive that is.

Purple Aquilegia and Red NOID  Peonies in the front garden. 

Oriental poppy 'Turkish delight ' has self seeded quite a bit and gotten very big , it's a shame after blooming it dies very badly.  I usually squash it down under some other plants till I can cut it down.

The  red Peonies came with the house , but were in what was to become my shade garden , so I dug / split  and moved them to the new open area after  we removed the big lawn a few year ago.
They seem to love it here .  I like the big bold red this time of year when there is not so much blooming.

Little patches of Erigeron... more, more and more  every year 

Armeria marittima 'rubrifolia'  making a good sized mound now.

The first Dianthus... pink , that's all I know .

Linum perenne var lewisii  planted last year , I hope you self seed .

 Lysimachia atropurpurea , now this one is a self seeder ,  but not annoying so ...yet .

Once I get into all this planting and  sift through  the undesirables I am left with holes , which is where all my annuals I've got growing will fill in . Yup ...got to get going.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Slow down May ..

I can't keep up with  the garden actively all  the rain and sun May brings . I've already had to dig and move plants that I had grown from seed and had just planted out a few weeks ago. And  if I don't get around  every bit of the garden every day , I'm sure to miss something new  blooming .
Euphorbia oblongata  self seeds a lot , but it does  fills in and I love the freshness it brings. I always cut it  way back after  the other plants catch up , then it re-blooms or dies in some cases . no problem , no shortage of these .

Last year I moved most of the planting , trying to bulk up the fence line , now that the Bamboo is gone. 

This is where I've had to move my new plants I grew, I'm trying to extend the blooming in the shade garden , but the shade plants are not having it ... no space they say.

The area on the right of the central border is still a bit thin , all new planting in here. I've been taking it easy , didn't want to  plant over the top of something that hasn't come up yet , which I've done before.