July 2012 garden review
It's not that I don't learn from my mistakes. It's just that I keep making new ones. This latest one is the worst garden mistake I've ever made. What possessed me to order pine mulch?????????? And to spread it all over the garden before I realized its acidity would spoil the beautiful quality soil that I'd laboriously built up over decades? How will the plants cope with this assault on their wellbeing? Tune in for the next exciting episode ...
No flowers yet on this Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinese), but with foliage like this, what's the hurry?
Orange Grevillea flowers are appearing low down on the new, still small shrub, but it's growing well and looking good so far ...
I had forgotten the name of this plant. Diana from Elephant's Eye blog, obligingly reminded me it was an Asparagus Fern. I'd never seen it produce berries before. Here, on the one branch, it obligingly shows a ripe berry, a green berry and an in-between berry.
Both flowers, Lavatera maritima and Hellebore orientalis, look down gracefully, bashfully. Is it because they like to see me lying flat on my back taking photos? No, I think more likely they're getting ready to drop their seeds.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), ancient herb, helps compost to break down, good to drink as tea if you've got a sore throat. It's always been in the garden, but it's taller and more vigorous this year because of the rain.
This is the monthly Watch This Space that's gradually getting filled in. In the front the Echiums candicans are growing back, the E. simplex (aka sea anemones) are getting more prominent and ditto the Artichokes in the rear of the photo.
So far from their ancestral home in Africa, these African Daisy flowers (Osteospermum ecklonis) are looking for whatever sun they can find.
Poor forget me nots. Pine mulch all over them, leaves and flowers. Hope they can hang on, heavy rain is coming soon to wash it off ... Soon after I took the photo, I took pity on them and hosed them down.
The flowers are starting to unfold and soon the Echium candicans shrub will be crowned by a mass of pink candle-like flowers.
Euphorbia characis - one of the best garden shrubs around. Not fussy, tough survivor, volunteer seedlings abound, tending to emerge in spaces that beautifully complement the garden design.
It's winter. It's cold and insects are not as abundant as they are at other times of the year. But a hungry spider still has to eat. This one has managed to catch a Yummy Meal or a Poor Fly - depending on your point of view.