Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Lazy fingers!

Too lazy to busy planting and growing....more pics later!  I got some more compost as I am almost out....water butts are almost empty as we have had nothing but sunshine and it has been so beautiful!!!  The trees are all blooming all over....bluebells in season....just fantastic! I am watering like crazy!!  Ok....uploading the pictures was a chore enough...last weekend I:

  • planted the runner beans and green beans and squash
  • planted my seedlings (like gaillardia, etc) in beds
  • planted seeds (beet, radish, dill)
  • Lars put up my trellis for sweet pea that we can see from the kitchen window...
  • protected more plants from slugs
  • planted some more kale and chard in herb garden
  • now have more parsley and some burnett planted in herb garden
  • organized more pots....fertilized plants...
  • planted pepper plants in window...nurturing lemon basil along with globe basil too!
  • planted some seeds for purple
  • just piddling!!!
Anxious to see burnet in bloom!!  
Herb garden running away!

Garden growing in front of our eyes!

Forget me nots...

Greenbean in the garden in his favorite place....under the umbrella

The best Mom in the whole world....

Mom and Lucy...

April Flowers......bring more May flowers :)

Pansies in Full Bloom!

Corner planter (DIY in work) with Acer Japanese Maple...

I have no idea......looks almost like a tomato.....

Blue bells....

Mexican Orange Blossom | Choisya ternata hedging

Choisya ternata is a hardy, aromatic shrub with dense, swift growth. By itself, it naturally forms an attractive mound and it will happily grow into a decent hedge. The white flowers begin to emerge in mid-Spring and their honeyed orange aroma is a real joy. The evergreen leaves are bright and glossy - they also give off a pleasant, basil like smell when you clip them. Used as a hedge, Choisya ternata's fragrance will infuse a small garden and it is ideal to plant around a seated area. They are resistant to most British plant diseases and pests, including Honey Fungus. They can handle a bit of shade, as long as the soil is rich and well drained.
Once Mexican Orange Blossoms are settled in and flowering away, they can be coaxed into blooming again towards the end of the Summer. Deadhead flowers as soon as they drop their petals and select a third to a half of the flowering stems to cut back. Trim them by approximately 25cms/11 inches once the flowers have faded. Your local bees (the Blue Orchard bee in particular) will thank you for increasing the amount of autumn flowers. This is all the pruning care your plants need, unless they have been damaged by harsh frosts. In this unlikely event, you can prune them as hard as you like to get rid of damaged branches - do this anytime in Spring. A light trim to keep your Choisya ternata hedge in shape can be carried out at the end of June.

My raised bed for veg......good ole mustard greens and collards!!!

There's life in them there bags...I promise!  (taters)

My wild bed around the apple tree....all sorts of bulbs!!

Another pretty daffodil

POLEMONIUM coeruleum Alba

(Jacobs Ladder)...fantastic flower...

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Beautiful weather!

Ah....the clocks sprung forward....and we get to enjoy all of this great weather!  I have enjoyed all of the cherry blossoms....daffodils...yellow forsythia.....and the bluebells are soon to come!  I need to take more pictures!  I have planted so many seeds...and replanted, and built the raised beds...and done so much...but so much more left to do!  It's seed mania....and I have so much coming up from bulbs in the the yards...and plants I dont know what the name is! And a beautiful peony to bloom....and apple trees that are starting to leave......went to Wisley gardens magnificent....just have spring fever!!!!