Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Vase on Monday

My first ' A Vase on Monday' . Inspired by this favorite vase I  recently made. I was happy. for once with the staining and glazing . Now if the Air plant survives that will be a first as well.
Almost forgot ... pine cone is from my contorted Pine.
'A vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy’s 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Another Orchid blooms

Angraecumdistichum  first blooms of this tiny African native . I bought it more for the flat plaited leaves , but the blooms are scented I discovered when  examining the 1/2 inch blooms. 
I understand it hates root disturbance . So, I'm keeping it  in it's moldy plastic pot for a good long time.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

November in the garden

We've had a run of lovely sunny days in the PNW , so I got out to get a bit of tidying up done .
I nearly missed the   'Fuller's Teasel' which seems to be a very late bloomer , unless I missed it in all the tangled mess  this time of year.

The blue yard debris bin to prove I've been clearing up. I was planning to leave it all  till  Feb or March .  But my bulbs arrived and I decided I couldn't just push things around enough to get them in the ground. So I just  pulled everything I could out.

Which was great because I haven't been able to walk though the path around the back garden  for months.  


The pathway cleared ! I think the miniature bearded Iris will be happy with the open space. I was able to dig holes without splitting too many underground bulbs . Ten Tulip blue spectacle in the ground.


Lots of this about, looks like the Zennias have had it.

One of a few survivers... Tetonia , blooms that is.

Plenty of droopy blooms around.

,It was time to poke Crocus 'orange monarch' bulbs into my Bonsai pots. I've been waiting for this ... So excited to see how they  get on with the dorment Hosta .

A few in this one !

The rest are going into the dwarf mondo lawn .

Back indoors ,  while watering my Orchids  I found a Dendrobium blooming ! 

A proud moment  when an Orchid re-blooms

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tiny autumn

One of the seedlings I plucked out of the ground on a walk in the my neighborhood last year.   The little blob of moss is  from the bits that fell off the roof when Philip was cleaning the other day .

Monday, October 29, 2018

Before it's all gone

For lovely Autumnal color that is.                                                                                                                                           Hamamelis 'Jelena ' keeps it's leaves a little longer than the other's 

My mystery daisies get everywhere , lucky for them that they go so well with the Amsonia.


And the Japanese Anemone .


Pennisetum spathiolatum clumps have recovered this year after being dug up and divided too many times.

Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'October moon' is one of the first things I planted in the garden .

Big leaves dropping from Magnolia macrophylla . I've scooped them all up and added them to my leaf mold bag.

Nicotiana longsdorfii just keeps seeding and making more plants.

Another Mystery plant, I've no idea who you are.

My "Tough love" sale tree is defiantly no longer the Charley Brown  tree I brought home  several years ago.

It taken quite a few years . But  the drive way planting is getting there.


A last bloom  ?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

In door excitement

Excuse me for being a little bit excited . I've got flower buds on my Orchids . All summer they just  quietly  grow those fat roots. But come Autumn ...flower buds . I think they like the light in my sunroom and the temperature is still warm enough for them.

I've make note of when they were blooming last year. I think it was after Christmas, so I've  got a while to wait. Orchids   are in no rush. 



I do have one  miniature Streptocarpus  blooming , the others seem to be having a rest .

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The pottery moves

It's getting a little cold in the pottery shed. So I've moved my mess to the sunroom .  This time of year it gets crammed full of tender plants . But I've cleared a space around the table .




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 ...