Sunday, August 29, 2010

More gardening

This weekend was busy with preparing garden beds & planting! The preparation is the hardest, bringing in good quality soil, turning it over & over & over - aaarrgghhh!!!
Back-breaking work.......I get great satisfaction with the end result, but I am sooo over the aches & pains.

The back wall of our family room which faces south - a Happy Holidays Camellia & a variety of hellebores.


Happy Holidays - I would have preferred a vibrant pink but the nursery advised that this variety flowers for 6 months, so I sacrified colour for flowering period.

Looking west - hopefully the camellia will eventually hide the hideous watertank
For those who are interested, hellebores are native to Croatia ie alpine, grassy areas probably around Plitvice - this I found out by accident. So for obvious reasons (to some of my followers) I had to have them.

These are the varieties I've planted :
Dark Pink
Double Red

White Spotted


Double Picotee
I risked planting these hellebores - Double Rose Pink
outside our dining room which faces east.

They will get summer sun in the morning but hopefully not enough to stress them.

Lastly....... the patch where we couldn't have a garden.........

2 months ago, I was promised 3 ceramic urns by a pot supplier in Heathcote at a discounted price - yippee - it was a great price !! So I waited & waited & waited & drove back to him 4 times & was promised phone calls...............nudda! Absolutely NO customer service from this guy.
I popped in on Friday for the last time, wandered around for 5 minutes looking at his new stock, hoping my urns were there - mind you I was the only person there - and I was again ignored!! Nobody came to see if I needed assistance.
That was the last straw. He won't be seeing me again.

So, it means that this wall with the pebbles will remain unfinished, until I can find 3 green 1metre high ceramic pots at a reasonable price! How likely is that ?

All in all, a very productive weekend!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Molasses

Saturday was perfect weather for getting out the seasol, powerfeed and the dreaded molasses. I wondered whether I might be feeding a tad early, afterall it's not spring yet, but my murrayas & hebes are throwing new foliage so I thought a kick-along would help!

.........and to get D away from the dreaded 'screen' ( PS2, DS, computer, TV any or ALL) I coerced him into helping me. Oh the moans & groans !!!! I insisited - he didn't have a choice!

Actually, once I explained the logistics D & I got into a really good rhythm. This is how we did it.

D's part :
Hot water from the laundry
Mix in molasses & dissolve; add cold water
Add seasol & powerfeed

My part :
I poured the mixture into the watering can & watered all the plants.
While I was doing this, D did it all again including running to get the hot water (he made a race out of this process) to see if he could have it all ready for me to fill the watering can.

It's wonderful how kids can make something out of nothing, even if they need to be 'pushed' at first. D actually admitted to me that he had fun racing the clock. He also suggested using 2 buckets next time to speed up the process - NEXT TIME???!!! Wonders never cease. lol


Here's D after he 'accidentally' fell into the bucket of molasses ! Accidentally......yeah right!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Camellias

They're in !!! All 20 of the Jennifer Susans. So excited to see them in the ground.

I had a simply wonderful time today. My 'fairy gardenmother' (L) came to my rescue & planted all 20 of them, with Nikki's help, of course. I did the fertilising & watering but the 2 girls did the digging & planting. What a great team effort.

After the 'garden party' we had a lovely lunch with a glorious sticky date pudding for dessert as a finale. What a bonus of a day!!

Great fun outside! A great result! Great company! Great food!

What more could I ask? Thank you L for a lovely day !!! ...............and as promised........pics of today's result. I adore them.






......and these 2 lonely ones which will hopefully survive, to hide the ugly HWS & AC unit that can be seen from my lounge room.



Just a reminder as to what we'll be seeing from our lounge & kitchen windows...........a wall of these !!!!!!!!!!!!