I have been watching my palm trees flourish over about six years. We had some wild weather overnight and woke to find some carnage in the back patio. I was quite shocked as we are rather fond of our palms. After a few hours of thinking about what to do next (can’t find a replacement for the broken one) we have a little project on our hands – and we all need projects at the moment :). Maybe it is time to transplant four of them (the casualties) into bigger pots and rethink their colours and positions.
We are fortunate considering that some people had a lot more damage to their properties and long power outages.
I like to have a nice garden but it is not something that comes naturally to me. Up until recently all I had in my small, rear yard was the big, above ground garden bed, some palms and two jasmine plants.
The garden bed was really too big for the space and because it was so deep I had stopped planting vegetables and my mint, parsley and oregano started to take over. I was able to quickly sell the garden bed on Facebook but then what was I going to do with all that soil?
It is still a work in progress but I felt happy today that I had made some improvements. I now have some cherry tomato plants, some irises, marigolds, snapdragons and repotted herbs. A friend kindly gave me some lovely succulents earlier this week and I decided to use my multi-level trays just for succulents.
I have tomatoes, silver beet, two varieties of parsley, potatoes and a watermelon plant growing in my above ground garden bed. I also have some plants in pots that belong to my son, Joel. I am only looking after them short-term. I gave up trying to have a nice water feature and decided to plant some petunias instead :-). There is a range of herbs growing in the stand. I don’t use them as much as I could as I grew up only knowing how to use mint and parsley. I experiment from time to time 🙂
Today I was watering my garden when I noticed a new leaf on one of my Canna lilies. I always love to see new life unfolding in nature.
There is a bit of a story about my Canna lilies. When I was a child we had them growing along the front fence of our home. Now I was a child that hated school and was fairly creative at finding ways to avoid it. One strategy was that I would say goodbye to Mum and head of in the direction of my school but then I would creep back home using the Canna lilies as camouflage .
I would slip back quietly into the house and back into bed. My Mum would discover me there some time later and would not be happy! “What are you doing there? I thought you had gone to school!” I usually came up with “I am not feeling very well.” Because my Mum was a nurse, and a kind person, she let me get away with it.
So isn’t it amazing how the memory works. I see Canna lilies and in my mind I can see myself avoiding another day at school :-). I bought my lilies recently because of my childhood memories.
I am a little obsessed with my ‘garden’ at present. The weather is warming up and I need to keep it well watered. I am enjoying being outside more, however, my blogging has suffered.
This evening I found two frogs who willingly agreed to take part in this blog so I can have something to write about!
I couldn’t resist taking another photo of my colourful new pots and their bright flowers.
Hanging around on the BBQ
My new pots
PS For those who follow my blog regularly I am pleased to report I comfortably passed my unit of study in Professional Writing. I only have one more unit to complete to attain the qualification. I am not sure it is worth the stress, but it is good to keep the brain active 🙂
The last few weeks I haven’t spent much time in front of the computer. It has been great to get outside and do some gardening for a change. It all started with my youngest son’s discovery of an above ground garden bed. He bought it on my behalf and then delivered it to our home. It is BIG and it will take me some time to get the soil level up higher but I figure there is no big rush.
Apart from the vegetables we decided to smarten the back garden up a bit with some colour. It is a much nicer place to relax in now and to listen to the sound of the new water feature.
I planted herbs (mint, basil, rosemary and oregano), silver-beet, tomatoes and rock-melon. I am enjoying this new interest 🙂