Garden Diary: My Garden in January

A new year brings a plethora of resolutions one of which is to actively participate in the Six on Saturday garden challenge once again. I am sad to say I have neglected my garden for several months due to a persistent knee injury, so on hobbling around my plot the number of flowering plants came as a welcome surprise but the bugs and weeds not so much!

1. A Walk in the Garden

 

Side garden
Side garden
Side Succulent garden
Side Succulent garden
poolside
poolside
Rear garden
Rear garden

The white bird of paradise plant became too tall to remain in the big black tub on the terrace so we dug it out and replanted in the back garden. Fingers crossed it survives as it is in an exposed location.

Garden in December

While the pink bougainvillaea is taking a well-earned rest the mauve bougainvillaea is still offering the occasional flower.

2. Succulents and Cacti in Flower

This is a small collection of the succulents in flower.

Agave
Agave
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns

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succulent
succulent with orange flowers

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Jade Plant
Jade Plant
Purple/pink succulent
Purple/pink succulent
Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe
Aeonium
Aeonium
Unusual succulent with yellow flower
Unusual succulent with yellow flower

3. Flowers

I only have one rose which I grow in a pot so I am delighted to see it survived the torrential rain and strong winds in early December to produce such beautiful blooms!

abracadabra rose flowering in Dember
abracadabra rose

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Abracadabra Rose - Portugal
Abracadabra Rose – Portugal

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Every summer the leaves of the Gazania frazzle in the sun, turn brown and then resemble a bird’s nest. I promise to dig them all up but I don’t. I strip the plants with a hand rake to remove the dead foliage with the resolve their days are numbered.

Gazania
Gazania

I love hibiscus. Mine grow best in pots and flower most of the year. Sun or partial shade they always reward me with flowers.

Red Hibiscus growing in pot
Red Hibiscus growing in a pot

After for not flowering for years my bird of paradise flowers almost continuously for the last year.

Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise

4. Vegetables

My raised vegetable garden is looking rather forlorn with more weeds than veg. The only edible inhabitants are the brussel sprouts. Once these have finished cropping, we aka Mr. P, will dig over the plot and add the rotted compost and fertiliser. We are undecided what to plant and will be looking for inspiration.

Brussel sprouts in January
Vegetable Garden in January

Considering the brussel sprouts were planted in July as plugs not seeds, they were not ready for Christmas. They are also covered in bugs who I think actually enjoyed the semi-regular douse of soapy water.

 

Brussel Sprouts in January
Brussel Sprouts in January

5. Fruit Trees

I have a few fruit trees but they struggle. We only had 55 oranges on the main tree this year and unlike last year, the fruit was bitter. We wonder if it was due to watering with the grey water from the washing machine?

The ornamental orange trese growing are still producing oranges so plenty to freeze as ice cubes for my summer gin and tonic.

Ornamental orange tree - January
Ornamental orange tree – January

The kumquat tree growing in a pot, dare I say, is doing well and has given birth to several baby kumquats. Earlier in the year I removed nearly every young leaf that was attacked by citrus leaf miner and I was concerned it would not survive. It lives in a sheltered sunny spot and we just need to remember to water it as it is not on the watering system.

Kumquat tree growing in a pot
Kumquat tree growing in a pot

The peach tree needs to be pruned but I lack courage.

Peach Tree
Peach Tree

The lime tree which had also been attacked by the leaf miner has ot made such a good recovery. Time and patience will tell.

 

Lime tree growing in a pot
Lime tree growing in a pot

The black fig tree planted last spring is trying to decide whether to live or die.

6. Work in Progress

Although I’ve already removed some of the height from this Oleander it needs further pruning. It’s way taller than me and as I’m vertically challenged and can’t climb on steps, I’ve resorted to long-handle extending pruners which proved quite a challenge. I’ll attack it again tomorrow.

Pruning the Oleander
Pruning the Oleander

That’s it for this week.

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15 thoughts on “Garden Diary: My Garden in January

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  1. This was more than two weeks ago. As I see the pictures now, it seems late to prune peach trees. The weather is nice now, but it really is not too terribly late. I suspect our climate is comparable to yours.

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  2. Superb garden. Liking your style of writing too. You’ve certainly got some amazing plants and a wide range of types too. Your hibiscus grows happily in your garden, here in England I’ve got same colour flower but it is firmly sat in its pot giving me the occasional flower in succession at this time of year. The bird of paradise is amazing. The oleander puts mine to shame. Thanks for sharing your garden.

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  3. Really love the agave, altho all your blooming plants are wonderful to see. That rose is unusual & seems to be knocking it out of the park. Hope your knee improves, improves, improves. Glad to see you back again.

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    1. That’s a good idea. I cut the lemons in quarters and freeze them. I’d love a lemon tree but so far no luck. Yes, sun but no rain for weeks. The ideal scenario for me is when it rains at night and we have blue skies during the day 🙂 Win Win!

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