Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A few things in the October garden

It was a lovely day for be out in the garden . Raked a few leaves, swept the pavement. and sadly started putting all the out door furniture away . 

 And  a nice light for picture taking .









Sunday, October 7, 2018

Lockhartia lunifera

Just after Christmas last year I had the mad idea that I needed indoor plants to nurture  in the winter months .   Maybe something  that would bloom  through the winter months ...

Some how  I started collecting miniature Orchids. They're small and fit on the window sill, they mostly like  normal indoor temperatures, need watering once a week , a little misting , morning light . 

They languished out doors all summer.

As the temperatures are getting cooler I've brought them into the sunroom.  This is the first of the blooms   , even without the blooms , look at those  braided stems.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Spirea Alpina

When Anna at https://flutterandhum.wordpress.com offered  me this  throw away  Spirea. I wasn't thinking about where in my garden it would go . No, I was thinking of how I was going to use it as a Bonsai , and what sort of flat planter I would make for it.
A rolled out square with turned up corners in matte brown ! It takes a few weeks between making, drying , firing, glazing and firing again.  But here it is ...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September in the garden...

Or not in the garden. I've not spent much time out this month. How dare it rain in September ...this is the PNW . It starts to rain in mid October ! But the plants are enjoying it , and I'm not dragging hoses and watering cans around.

Come August I give up on trying to get through all this . I did tidy up the path a few weeks ago , so I can just get through, but not when it's dripping wet.


Mickey is  not amused by the fringe of self-seeded black fennel . Must dig those out !







Hamamelis 'Diane' ...I often wonder if it's stress that turns her red so early . It's a very dry and windy spot.
Hammamelis 'Jelena' in a slightly better position is just starting to change color .  When they get big enough I'll have to rethink some of my planting maybe  just keep the lower things  and move the taller plants.





Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mexican feather grass

All spring and summer I enjoy my Mexican feather grass . I love watching it gently swaying this way then that way. I like  how it blurs the area around the stock tank . I've let it seed itself about  , pulling out ones I don't need . Leaving a few more each year.

But then this happens , and I don't like the mess ...


I rake and rake and comb though the things . It's never  enough.
I even had to pull a strand from his nose !

Monday, August 20, 2018

Not the 'Texas star'

I grew Hibiscus coccoina 'Texas star'  from seed three years ago . I've been watching it get taller and taller , it's now over 5 ft . But no blooms. Till this year ! It's been months since I spotted the first flower  buds .  Every morning I go out to check for the first flower to open .
Yesterday afternoon it did  ! The 'Texas star ' is  red . This is   , a lovely huge white flower. I had to do a bit of Hibiscus research ...looks like this is  H 'Moon moth' or 'The white flower swap mallow' .   I have been giving it so much more water this year. ... no wonder it's happy ....'Swamp 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Blooms...

Anemonopsis macrophylla  has been surviving in my not quite shady or cool enough  side garden for years . I've got it tucked way back under the big old Rhododendron  and I water, water ,water .

 Daucus carota ( I think ),which imitates Ammi Majus ,so I won't pull it out too soon and  seeds around QUITE  a bit these days .

Albizia major 'summer chocolate'  seems to have recovered after being moved earlier this year.

I still don't know what these white daisies that are appearing all along the edges of my paths are .

My only Eucomis that is happy .

Crocosmia 'solfaterre'

Kniphofia 'Percy's pride'

Sedum 'Postman's pride' ...maybe with Rudbeckia


Echinops 'Arctic glow'


My late summer visiter Nicotiana 'sylvestris'


And Zinnias from a packet of Cactus-flowered mix seeds that  came from 'Select Seeds , in fact most of my seeds  come from them.





I must include my indoor blooms ! Here is Streptocarpus 'Bristel's dust bunny'
Streptocarpus 'Bristel's Kick Start

Episcia 'Costa Rica pink'

Episicia 'Pixie dust'

And finally a sweet mini African violet .
I'm exhausted ! So  if you 're looking for even more August blooms visit Carol here.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August in the garden...

August the big crescendo ! It's true ! I 'm always slightly disappointed with my big back border .  Last year I decided  to dig everything up and replant. Previously it had come together in a sort of unorganized ,  a bit at a time way.  This time I had all the material I needed . I just needed  to play around with the arranging , Still some tweaks needed .  Take notes I keep telling myself ...


My mostly shade area under the Plum tree has kept together , even through all this heat  we are having.  Watering a little bit most days seems to be the answer, and the plants are getting bigger and denser every year .

The small island in front of the house has become nice and full , except I keep putting off replanting that far right side !  At the moment it's just mint , which needs aggressive pulling all summer long ...the bees love it.

Here in the  large front area which was all lawn two years ago . I didn't do much at all this year . Mainly because it's difficult to get in all the planting !  I just tiptoe through and snatch and pull the unwanted ones., mostly  Rose campion  and Queen Ann's lace .

I've  decided maybe a path is needed . It's already a rough one anyway . This is my trail  to  set the sprinkler   up.   Just a bit more clearing  and some gravel will do.

A path started on the other side . I've dumped all my clippings to mark the new path .  It needs to be cleared   further along after the summer . 


I've got plastic buckets every where ! I started clearing up all the crispy  stuff . This area is so dry and in full sun must of the day . No wonder the previous owns had it filled with Vinca .

The shade garden is looking not bad at all . I went in a week ago and pulled out all the old blooms and any thing else that came with it. So much under planting was being smothered .  After a good watering it all looks much fresher.

And another of the pots I've made . This time I planted a Japanese Quince that was  made from a cutting from an old shrub in the garden .