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 .

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A first Kusamono

The temperature has dropped nicely  after a miserable week.
 I've been  keen to try using one of the  new bonsai pots I made... but not for trees.
 I've always loved the miniature  potted grass, perenial planting I've seen in my Bonsai books .
I didn't know that this sort of container planting is known as Kusamono , which literally means  " grass thing" .                        "Kusamono and shitakusa are a potted collection of plants designed to be viewed either in accompaniment with bonsai or alone ".
So, here is my first one . I did intend to use plants from my garden , but 
 I bought this Hosta 'mouse ears' instead as. I needed a small version.  
The Reineckia was dug up from the shade garden, and the moss ...I scraped off a big stone that  I still found green even  in all the heat and dryness.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A few new things in the garden

Amaranth 'Josephs Coat' finally went into the ground, the first plants I put out got gobbled away over night.  It's not very tall yet ,  3-4 ft x 2' w the packet says ...we shall see ! Next on the far right bottom another new one , Nasturtium 'Empress of India ' , nice dark leaves and smallish scarlet flowers .
I don't know which poppy is at the back , I can't remember throwing any seeds down , maybe it's my no show Poppy 'Black swan'.

Nicotiana 'landsdorfii' is a new one , I usually rely on my whopping big 'sylvestris'  self-seeders  . These are nice and dainty , but  sadly don't have the fragrance. Or maybe I should have a sniff at night ?

The edges of by back borders have been taken over by these mystery plants . I remember  scattering 'P. 'black swan' all along the edges . But not these ! They open up to small white daisies which I like , sort of Aster like.

Some seeds I sowed last month to fill in  the holes left by my pulling out early flowering  Lychnis , which leaves many holes.
I've got Alonsoa which is South American , so it will grow fast in this heat and last till the frost . And Ammobium a Australian perennial which I'll try to over winter . I'll have to google them because I 'm sure which is which ....
Another pot planted ! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

More pots

Tempretures in the 90's all week...awful ! But, I did get out to pick up my second lot of pots from firing  yesterday .
The which pot for which plant  takes longer than the making.

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.