Fortunately, we’ve had more rain this week. Not much but just enough to keep us on edge when we planned a BBQ or to invite friends round for a coffee on the terrace.
A New Member of the Family – Solanum Rantonnetti
We can always find room for one more plant, yes? Last week I went to the garden centre to buy some compost and returned witha bag of compost and a plant. On the way there Gnome read me the riot act about not buying any more plants. This was actually his choice and decision … so who was I to say, no?
I have a love-hate relationship with Gazanias.
Every summer the plant dries out into an ugly ball of dead leaves that resemble a bird’s nest. Every summer I vow to pull them up and feed them to the compost heap, but of course, I don’t.
Hibiscous Growing in a Pot
This is probably my favourite plant. The colour is stunning and the flowers are the size of saucers.
A few of years ago I took some cuttings from a friend’s garden. They all grew and I am now rewarded with these glorious plants. I love the flowers. I love taking cuttings and getting plants for free.
I am not a fan of roses because if they don’t have black spot they are infested with greenfly. I made an exception with the Abracadabra rose and every year I am rewarded with beautiful roses. It grows quite happily in a stone pot in full sun.
We planted these bushes before our first grandchild was born ten years ago. They refuse to grow any larger and some didn’t grow at all. I was hoping they would form a hedge to screen the drive from the garden. Nope… and if they didn’t provide delicate papery flowers every May/June they would have met their maker in the sky years ago.
That’s it for this week. Short and colourful.
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