Thank you both...it's lovely to post images and get responses. Nobody really sees our garden except for close family so it's nice to share. One's garden is a very personal thing isn't it? an expression of your own taste and skill as well as the fact that it's heavily influenced by growing conditions.
I water with a hose every day Bixa, especially the vegetables. The water butts are used for collecting rainwater which I use on specific plants (the blueberries, aloes and acers amongst others). In the event of an hosepipe ban (which is looking increasingly likely this summer) I use the watering can and water butts....
The jug you may have seen might be a lemonade bottle? I cut off the base and use them as mini-cloches to protect vulnerable plants from pests (like my cat!) the one in the pic with the heucheras is protecting an emerging arisema....the cat likes to hide in the ferns and leap out at passing wildlife...often knocking delicate emerging shoots....the arisema bulb was expensive !
Thanks, Cheery. I'm always fascinated by the methods & tricks other gardeners use. And everything in the garden has a reason, whether ornamental or practical. That's one of the things that makes gardeners nervous about having others help them. "Oh, what's this doing here -- we don't need that!" Yeek.
The other reason it's great that we can ask each other questions is exactly what you say: One's garden is a very personal thing isn't it? an expression of your own taste and skill as well as the fact that it's heavily influenced by growing conditions.
And that's the kicker -- we all have a vision and have to work around obstacles and limitations to try to make that vision real.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jun 24, 2011 5:34:30 GMT
Very kind of you to indulge me. Bixa, the camera is just a point and shoot Panasonic TZ10. As for the colour combinations...that's largely down to luck. My planting technique is 'shove 'em in' ;D altho I sometimes do it consciously when I buy plants....for a large pot for example. The plants in the dahlia photo are dwarf nicotiana (Perfume-Purple)...that dahlia was sposed to be red according to the seed packet!
Everything is grown from seed except the 2 achilleas, the arisaema and the trifollium.
I think I am going to use my husbands mobile phone to take some pictures before more of the blooms are gone!
My gladiolas were brilliant this year, my pretty pink peonies and yellow day lillies are blooming now, my hens and chicks have spread out in the roots of an old tree where I tried planting them (it worked!). I had the most beautiful dark purple iris, it bordered on almost looking like dark chocolate in certain light. Two of my hostas have grown enormous... and my camera broke I will see how the mobile works out. Cheers, Mich
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 6, 2011 18:13:58 GMT
I think that the one I have is an annual so I don't really expect them to last. Never got them to flower before now...hopefully I'll collect some seed for next year but they are quite difficult to grow from seed because it's so fine.
On the packet it recommends growing them in a greenhouse in the UK, so I'm taking a risk having them outside. Good luck with yours ;D
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 7, 2011 12:35:00 GMT
Thank you dear ones...
I was thinking of doing just that Bixa, but it's only just started flowering and the weather's starting to turn already I might repot it and bring it into the conservatory...
I brought the aloe indoors this week Mick because it's getting quite wet and cold outside, should I keep on watering it ? (using rain water) as it seems to be still growing, it'll need repotting next year I think.