A Year of Flowers: December.08:30:00
How is your garden growing?
Apologies for not getting here sooner to report on the flowering situation here but I was enjoying a lovely break down the Surf Coast with the family and whilst I did bring my lap top, I just couldn't get motivated to blog so I drank copious amounts of wine instead with many members of my extended families. It really was too much fun.
Back to the gardening and flowering situation here and its a bit sad to report that it is going very slowly and not much is really happening, nor anything new or interesting flowering.
The Hydrangeas sure did hit their peak just before Christmas and the Agapanthas held out lots of hope for pretty blooms for our return from holidays and Im happy to say that they haven't disappointed. I will however leave those pics for next months post. I honestly do not know why people dont like them?
Thankfully Cams mum and my wonderful neighbours kept the watering up, especially on the tomatoes and my precious Dahlias. They are struggling the poor things in this heat and I thought I nearly killed them last night. I thought id wait until the evening to water you see and apparently on a 42 degree day they dont like this. Thankfully they sprung back up with a drink showing just how tough they really are.
Im finding Its a struggle to keep the water up in some parts of the front garden and then in others you can leave plants for days and days and days without watering at all. The two huge Liquid Ambers are also not helping the situation sucking up every last drop of the precious stuff from the soil. The joys of gardening!!
Please excuse some of the pretty average pics posted today. I am finding I have to get out and take pics when the kids are distracted or sleeping and it often happens to be in the brightest and worst time of day for photography. So be it or the moment passes, if you know what I mean? Over exposure? Meh!! Its not like I have a style going on anyway, just telling my story. Though good pics do help. Im trying though. I really am!!
This is how the Dahlias looked when we arrived home on Saturday. They looked worse then this yesterday evening after a 42 degree day when I should have watered them early on in the day. Poor things.
The Calla Lillies have been really good bloomers this year, their third growing season in the pot at the end of the verandah. I dont have to do anything to them and they die back in winter and come back firing in Spring and Summer.
The Petunias have been amazing and are still going strong. A few yellow Dahlias keep popping up too.
There was a huge second flush of blooms from the Slim Dusty Rose out the front under the window which I was very impressed with.
These beauties need to be de-headed now as you can see from the before Christmas and after holiday shot. Im keeping the water up to them regardless as the foliage makes this space feel nice and cool on a hot day and they love a drink.
Despite being in a spot that I think is too exposed to the sun, the Lambs Ears are growing well and have plenty of those pretty purple flecked spikes popping up. I read that they are low maintenance and rather hardy but I beg to differ as most late afternoons so far this summer they are wilting and crying out for water. They certainly are a brilliant ground cover through and the kids love picking the leaves and rubbing them on their cheeks. So cute!
Happy Gerbera's still blooming.
The Lily Pilly out in the backyard was just starting to flower before we went away and this was one of the first clusters of yellow fluffy blooms. This tree is a godsend in our concrete jungle and even though the flowers leaves a huge big mess after flowering, it still is a pretty tree.
I have been mightily impressed with the Bell Heather growing out in the front garden and everytime Im out there pulling out the weeds and de-heading, I always give this one a tip prune. It certainly has paid off and this is the pinkest its ever been. The flowers are tiny little bell shapes and feel rather paper like. I will definitely be growing a few of these at the farm as they dont mind the heat and are low maintenance for what I think is a great gain. I googled and found out that this plant is called Erica cinerea ‘P.S. Patrick’.
A quiet month here on the flowering front so hopefully January has some good stuff on the way. Hopefully some Dahlias. Im hanging for them!! Unless they die in this weather first??
What is bloomin' blooming at yours?
Thanks for visiting today.