Garden Diaries - A Start at Least09:30:00
Is anyone else around here flabbergasted at the weather?
It is nearing the end of April and here in North East Vic its still balmy, summery weather here. I dont know if I or the plants are more confused about whether to grow, stay dormant or die. Not that I was considering either, but you know what I mean!! ha ha!
As you may know I started pulling up a heap of plants here in town and have been potting them up ready to transplant out to the farm. I fear a new tenant here will not love the plants as much as I and they are definitely worth saving to enjoy them all at the farm.
I spent a few afternoons last week digging up a big clump of Clivias that has turned into a dozen or so new plants.
On the weekend just gone, Cam and I thought it'd be a good idea to take them all out to the farm and at least make a start on our new garden.
My aim at this stage is to get a nice luscious border of clumping Clivias and Hellebores on the south side of the house, with a Mondo grass border as the edge. As much as I love a ramble of lots of different things, I think it will look much better later if its all continuous and on mass. We shall see. For now at least, if it doesn't work out I havent wasted any money as Ive salvaged it all from our place here in town.
I found this pic on Pinterest which is what the border idea may come to look like in a few years time.
There is a section of the garden bed in front of one of the bedrooms that juts out and a Rose bush is currently growing here as you can see below. This section and the space in front of the Rose is currently quite void of plants, but it does get a fair bit of sun in the warmer months unlike the rest of the bed.
There will be a feature tree of some description and some colourful under planting alongside the Azaleas that already grow here, but Im not sure what yet. We will also be keeping that gorgeous 'Crimson Fire' Fringe Flower in the terracotta pot as it has beautiful purple foliage and beautiful neon pink blooms in the Spring and Summer.
I also planted a couple of box hedges at the ends of the beds on all sections of the south and east facing garden bed. Im going to shape them into big rounded balls as I think that will create a nice point of interest in the beds. I planted out some Dianthus as a ground cover around this particular one pictured below for now to fill up the space. They will hopefully clump up and I can keep on planting them all around the garden. We will also keep that water fountain as the birds love it and we love watching them.
The garden bed below is in front of the lounge room window.
On the east side of the house which gets the gorgeous morning sun, we planted another couple of Camellias alongside some shrubby Gardenias that are already there as well as the Gerbera's from home. Hopefully these will clump up so that I can keep splitting them so they can take over the bed as they are just gorgeous flowers.