Sunday, September 11, 2011

Update on Backyard Plants

It's been a lonnnnng time between posts. The only evident changes have been in the growth of the plants. Atleast I haven't killed them!

I am ecstatic that my hellebores have flourished on our south wall. Those that had been planted on the west side were too exposed to the heat, so I added them to the southern plot.

A reminder - 1 year ago :

Today :

My main concern is that they are lacking shade. Hellebores grow in forests beneath dappled shade. As you can see, there is no shade. The overhead eaves won't provide the protection needed from our summer sun. I have planted a murraya in the bottom corner (out of pic shot) to provide some protection from the sun's early morning rays. It will be quite a while before it grows out enough to do the job, so I might put up some shade cloth in the interim.

The camellia Happy Holidays which is in the same plot, doesn't seem to like the position.

It hasn't grown much in a year. It is constantly affected by mites & something else that is eating the leaves. The mites I can control with a regular spray of water, but the little hungry critter that seems to be invisible........I WILL get him!

The potted yukkas (?) have thrived! I am a little surprised but definitely relieved. The only worry is that they will outgrow the pots! LOL.

A year ago :

Today - not bad :

Lastly, I am having serious trouble as to what to do with our gardenbed on our side fence.
We have been here 2 years now and I can't get my head around what to plant here.

I have 2 gorgeous frangipanis which came from 1 original tree on the block and I have recently added a Gordonia (fried egg plant) which WILL look like this :

Flower :

So I HAVE started planting but as to what else to plant to fill in the huge gaps, well.....................

If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to throw them my way !

Friday, April 8, 2011

Camellia Hedge Update

Another update would be timely.

My gorgeous camellias.......... what can I say, but that I adore them! Just hope they fill out a bit.

August 2010 :

April 2011, 8 months later :

The rain/showers have been constant & as a result, the plants are thriving. That includes the excuse the little blighters you can see against the low wall. I WILL get to them! There's no escape for them.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Latest on Murrayas

Sorry to those who are following our blog! But as the inside of the house is done, there isn't anything new to post.

Any further updates will be on the garden. And to further disappoint you , as we are doing this ourselves, the progress will be painfully slow. The plantings will be pretty much - 'see how they go'.

The Shire area is quite different to where we lived originally - the inner west. Some of the plants I used in my garden up there and which I have also planted here, seem to be struggling.

I guess if I were using natives, I wouldn't have so many problems........but in all honesty, I'm NOT a fan of natives. I'll persist though, for a couple more years. After that time, if my plantings don't 'take'............then I'll resort to natives.

I am extremely happy with our murrayas. Thank goodness they're flourishing - tough buggers. Based on this summer's growth, they might just get to 1/2 way up the fence by this time next year ! Blissful privacy is not far off !

Murrayas in January this year :

Murrayas today :

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Frangipani 6 months on

I hoped against hope that it would survive, particularly when a branch started to rot & fell off!

My prayers have been answered.
This is the tree 6 months ago :

This is the tree today :

A shame my hellebores aren't doing so well. Let's see how they do this winter........if not, out they come!
Oh! and can you see how the murrayas up the side of the house have shot up, also ?! Woo hoo!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Murraya update

Apologies for the poor timing of this post considering the human tragedies happening right now in our north.
Down here in Sydney the rains are 'heaven' sent for our gardens - as I write this I am thinking of a friend who is struggling with her build across the river & probably rolling her eyes at my comments - sorry B .

Our murraya hedge has finally taken off !! Might be a few years yet before we get the privacy we long for but atleast it's happening - patience is the key.

A year ago :

Today :

Monday, November 29, 2010

Just an update on the Frangipani we moved a couple of months ago. Knowing that they are an extremely tough breed didn't make us any more confident that it would survive.
But the good news is that it's doing quite well, apart from 1 branch that has died off.

This is it, in its original position in our backyard :

In its new position under our front balcony :

Today :

We are extremely happy with its progress ! We are so looking forward to having it as lush as in the first pic.