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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Some blue in the garden.

I don't have a lot of blue in the garden , but this was a nice patch this morning.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Welcome to the pottery shed

Finally I'm making use of my shed . After clearing cleaning and painting the thing  a few years ago , I  just left it . When recently I started collecting miniature Orchids and mini Gesneriads . I needed small pots .Japanese Orchids ( Neofineta falcata or wind orchids)  need  specialist  pots.  If I wanted them in the Kokedama style.
Well , I've decided I can make my own . I haven't attempted pottery since the 1970's ! 

I loved pottery when I was doing it in school. But  have  not had time or space for it since. I would never had thought it would be so easy to get started again . Thank you... 'Georgies pottery and ceramics' in Portland  for firing at such a  reasonable price.

And so few tools needed...

Suddenly I have so many pots 

Here we are after our biscuit firing. Now to glaze ! This was more of an unknown to me. I remember not liking the glazes that much .
I just quickly slapped three coats on . Some I tried overlapping and a few other  ideas. I took notes on the technique for each pot . The pots are all numbered on the base , so I can tweak things next time.

And here are my Neofinetia falcata  in  my first pots .