It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve shared a Six on Saturday update but problems with my knee persist so not much enthusiasm for gardening. That said, I’ve been plotting and planning from the armchair and with the autumn only a few weeks away we need to think ahead re winter vegetables and revamping garden beds etc.
1. Terrace Rockery
Apart from the ornamental orange tree, many of the succulents are still in plastic pots where they were placed nearly two years ago. It’s about time they were planted!
2. Corner Rockery
This corner spot has proved to be problematic since the poolside rockery was created over eight years ago. The latest plant to fall victim to the location is a succulent which should provide prolific displays of pink flowers several times a year.
3. Front Rockery
This area needs a total revamp. The gazanias which are lovely in the winter when there is plenty of rain, resemble birds’ nests throughout the summer. Even the succulents struggle.
4. Flower Beds on Front Boundary Wall
At the front of the house, we have a few plants which are tired, underwatered and generally unloved. However, the dogs love them and regularly leave little presents and offer them liquid refreshments (amongst other things)
Between the dogs and the moth that bores holes into the stems to lay its eggs, they don’t stand a chance. My first challenge was to remove all the infected plants and spray. However, as I started to cut back the affected plants I realised the damage was irreparable, so I will need to remove the plants together with the soil and start again. I will probably replace with some of the wild lavender that grows near the vegetable bed and is a favourite with the bees.
The beautiful climber which was meant to grow over 10ft tall and cover the fence decided it did not like its new home, sulked and died. I will probably replace with another native lavender.
The Bourganvilliea planted in Spring 2018 still clings to life. I need to feed and water more.
5. Work in Progress
The palm and yuccas were long overdue for a haircut. Finally, the OH set to work and removed all the dead leaves he could reach on the yucca and cut back all the dying leaves on the palm tree. IT has really opened up the bed which means I can finally plant the pots of succulents which have been waiting to be rehomed for over a year.
I love Yucca flowers. Sadly, the plants have grown so tall (about 12ft) only the birds get to enjoy them.
6. What is this mystery plant?
When I repotted my lily plants it seems they had a lodger. I have no idea what this plant is or where it came from. Any ideas, please?
This is the bulb.
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