Monday, March 11, 2019

A day in the garden

Or two days rather ! Two days of warmth and sun , a chance to get out and tidy up all dried up mess . No snipping needed , just a gentle yank and the crispy stuff comes away . The grasses will need some more pulling , I usually brush through it with a stiff rake.  The rake is handy for pulling all the dead wooly Stachy up as well.

My drawf mondo lawn is thickening up . 

So much of this about 

These Carex  are moving this year  , they looked a mess all summer.

More messy Carex 

A big clump of Stachys which will get good racking over. It thins it out as well.

The dreaded chopping down of this one ....maybe next warm day.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Vase on Monday ...the live version

I don't think I'll ever get around to cutting things from the garden for indoors. But,  I do like having  foliage and flowers around , especially when I'm stuck indoors for so many winter months.
I found this glass brandy snifter a few years ago just a few  at an estate  sale. It was full of lovely shells, I was happy to give it a new home. The shells are dotted around the house.
I decided to make the classic 70's brandy snifter terrarium ...

Got a few books from the library and I was off . It's been going with out much care , after I discovered that a lid makes all the difference for keeping the moisture in.

I've had a few deaths , too be expected I guess ! The  Cryptanthus is getting too big . I successfully got a miniature African violet to propagate from a leaf . No blooms yet .
I 've got at least ten plants in here. Two Orchids,  a tiny Begonia , a fern , Saxifraga , and  MORE.

This is the tiny Orchid I added , it's very cute ! It's an  Epidendrum  . Picked it up last night from  Fellow blogger  In Search Of Small Things  she also sells online from her blog . I was very lucky to visit and see her wall of  amazing terrariums  with plants and frogs . So much to take in all at once , very exciting ....

Monday, February 25, 2019

Vase on Monday

Another 'Vase on Monday ' cheat . But since I'm making so many pots and vases .  And the Orchids and Streptocarpus are beginning to bloom ...why not . It is  awful cold to out snipping  things to bring in.
This Dendrobium 'nano chip' was a xmas present from Philip. I woke to find a trio of Orchids sitting on the table Christmas morning !
The Strepacorpus is my first bloom from one I propagated last year !

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tell the truth Tuesday

Is it Tuesday? I've lost track ! Anyway , It's the first snow day this year . And to tell the truth I'm not out with my camera. I've turned my portable  heater up and I'm spending the day in  my Pottery studio/ Plant haven .  looking out the windows I can still enjoy the fluffy stuff.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Introducing my Orchids ( part 1 )

Since I seem  to have become a collector . I thought I would start introducing my Orchids.  I  have  tried to narrow my collecting to miniature Orchid species.                                                                                                                             Greediness ... I can fit more under my LED light selves .
I 'll start with this tiny Native of Taiwan : Haraellalla  retroca . It's supposedly an easy one to get blooming . And here it is blooming . In Taiwan it grows in the forest on mossy branches in semi shade .  The bloom looks like a beetle which attracts the male for pollination . I guess the male also like the scent of 'Lemon pledge ' because that's what my nose says.
I've mounted mine on a piece of Tree fern with Spagnum moss . I also discovered it's better to tie it with thin strips of   stocking  ( I have been using fishing line ) . I haven't  worn tights in years , so I had to buy  a box of 'Leggs' .
It likes to be kept moist so , every morning it gets a good misting , and every Saturday all the Orchids get a good shower . So far so good !

Monday, January 28, 2019

A vase on Monday

Is it a cheat to just plop an Orchid in a vase ? Oh well, I've been waiting for months for these blooms to open , Orchids are never in a great Rush . I just found the tag , this is Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanini'. I also made the vase which I was pleased with except the top rim is slightly wonky !

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Tell the truth Tuesday

I jammed my camera  up under the Hellebore bloom . 

I noticed this little clump of Primula's the other day.

And Primula 'Wanda' 

 I almost missed  this tiny  Saxifraga  starting to bloom , Probably I need to get out more.  

Another easily missed bloom Polygala chamaebuxus .

A single Knautia 'thunder &lightning '

Hamamelis Jelena in full bloom .

This is the ugly damage the plumber caused with his huge double wide van a few weeks ago. The Cotinus  on the right  he rammed out by its roots. Philip spend hours ratcheting it back up . I think it will have to be chopped down , it's old and looks a hacked up mess . 

The big Spruce was also damaged , with big limbs ripped  off ... I hate plumbers  !

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year and a Tell The Truth Tuesday

I was all set to post for Alison's Bonnie Lassie) 'Tell the Truth Tuesday' . With photo's of the damage to the trees along the drive way when the plumber plowed through with his double wide van the other week,  I 'm too relieved that the garden didn't need to be dug up to replace the main water pipe.

So I won't show all that . Anyway it's a new year and freezing fog and stagnant air makes the garden look so good !