Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The new look Acacia pravissima

I'm not sure if it was watching the expert demonstrating clipping bonzai  on the Chelsea Flower show coverage . Or it could have been the neighbor I passed the other day snipping at the under growth of his Acer. 

But I was inspired  or demented ...and went out with Secateurs and loppers 

Monday, May 27, 2013

How this leads to that...

Normally  at this time of year, just as the the Panicum 'Sshenandoa' are visiable in the long brick planter , It's time for  the brass section , the  Euphorbias  that is , to stand down , I love the dramatic charteuse bracts as they slowly unfurl  in early spring. But by the end of May when eveything is filling in , I know it's it's time ...

What I had not planned on was this. I've dug all but one completly out. 

And all because It rained so much all week , the weight of the plums snapped this limb off . In a panic I visited my local nursery for advice . Their advice was basically not to worry about it need to buy any first aid products .
 As I was there why not a stroll through the new plant selections , not intending to get anything ...oh no .

Four gallion pot of gorgeous Schefflera taiwaniana ! how could I not?

The plum tree...with Philips duck tape graft

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The giants emerge...

Paulownia tomentosa after being given the severe chop a few months ago, making it 's way upward again. I did  let this tree grow for three years before trying this out , so far so good.

Another giant Gunnera Tinctoria just now visable , after being smothered  by the sweet woodruff.

And look what I found , the main trunk of the Paulownia in the shed where I left it months ago..still growing !  It's now in a bucket of water, why not? 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ceanothus meets Acasia...

Ceanothus  T.' Victoria' should be renamed skyrocket  being very accommodating  as it grows straight upward  .  A slight nod towards the Acacia  allows me to just pass through.

Friday, May 17, 2013

A splash of Orange...

With so much blue about at the moment I'm enjoying  this Mimulas aurantiacus  'jeffs Tangerine' . I've just dug out the Phlox planted between the three  Stipa gigantea . and replaced it with this , so much better . 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Some seedy success...

My little stash of future fillers for all those gaps left after I pull the For-get-nots  and the tulips have wilted , which they have .

Of course all the trouble I take , carefully labeling each tray , falls by the wayside with each potting on. So now I'm not really sure , but I hope this is DIANTHUS ' Fringed pink Rainbow loveliness' . When I opened the packet these seeds were so few and so microscopic that I had a lot of trouble , first getting them out, then trying to sow them thinly ...because I could hardly see them . 

Now this one , which is just now taking off, Amaranth ' Chinese Giant Orange...very exciting ...but I can't decide were to plant this 3 ft tall orange beauty?

Salpiglossis sinuata ' Kew blue' , quite a few of these . I 've never grown these or owned these, so I have no idea . Sowing time was Mid Jan - MId March , so I just made it . with a few seeds left to sow later on. Probably these will over winter and bloom next year.

Vita Sackville- West said once planted  you will have Purple Mountain Orach forever selfseeding. Well I said ha to that last year. not one came back. But this year I've got half a dozen all in a group. And very welcome they are !

And lastly the goats ...not mine of course

Friday, May 3, 2013

Allium Albopilosum...

Allium Albopilosum trying to make it's way through the Angelica 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

'Dainty Dame'

I've been enjoying this single burgundy centered Dianthus 'Dainty Dame'  with this feathery fine  Tanacetum  densum ssp. amani