The Butterfly Lavender is quite lush at the moment. A couple of months ago, I challenged the kids to remove all of the old stuff from last year and collect for making lavender bags. The bits have come up great and these plants stand a good bit of neglect. They are usually the ones that don't get watered until the mother in law reminds me. I always think lavender is hardy enough to deal with it, but it (usually) is pretty hot out the front and being in pots, they need an occasional drink.
The alliums are popping out! But we lost one head in the winds:-(
A little bit chaotic.
These marigolds re-seeded themselves from last year, and I then planted in the curry plant on top. Sometimes I like this chaos, sometimes I don't.
But that is true for a lot of things.When the marigolds are done, I will gather the curry back in to itself and maybe lightly tie it together as it's been over spread and will have bare patches once the flowers go.
Love in a Mist.
My first encounter with these flowers was from plant paper given as gifts at a friend's wedding over eight years ago. We planted the first ones at our other house, but these will always remind me of them.
Again, these must have re-seeded themselves from last year.
I find that so impressive.
Poppies from our neighbour's seeds.
Lots of baby strawberries.
I hope that we have more than one edible strawberry this year!
I think I planted this rose last year, but it didn't do anything. I noticed this today. I thought it was supposed to have white flowers, but who knows! I thought the buds looked quite nice framed and entwined with the weed.
The kid's beans.
I hope they have some real beans before the dog does!
They started here:
My twisted willow is actually as tall as I am now.
Despite the dog snapping it in half. I think that was only a year ago?! I then tried to cellotape it back together and was told that would not work.
It didn't. But it did shoot out again from a lower bud.
I'm happy to see how thick the trunk is!
I love how obviously happy the fatsia is about finally settling down and making some roots in the ground. He's been in a pot for a long time. Those three top leaves are his celebration leaves on top of the older, sadder ones.
The sadder leaves annoy me, but they are not ready to be pulled off yet. It's so satisfying when they are.
The pallet planter.
I mentioned the other week that it needed some tweaking.
Not all of the succulents survived.
I don't know if that was because of the cold, or lack of water.
Because honestly, this thing is, it's hard to keep this planter's soil moist.
I know that some people remove theirs once a year for a good soaking.
But I can't be bothered, and more importantly, Handy Hubby can't be bothered!
If I had known, I think I would have planted it all with the alpines. They have done so well and I love the fuchsia-coloured flowers.
ANYWAY, I trimmed one monster, you can see on the left, first row. It was so long, that it blocked a lot of the others.
I have since planted in some succulents in the empty spaces of the departed ones.
However, I last year, I learnt that succulents like to multiply. And then we had an issue with overcrowding.
It was difficult for me not to fill all of the gaps, but I withheld.
Some of the succulents just sat on the ledge and stuck their root in.
Others were too heavy and kept falling out.
So I did this:
Twisted a bit of wire round the root...
Then poked it in. This has now held for two weeks.
I think this would be another reason to remove the pallet from the wall to replant. But they you would have to wait a few weeks for them to root before rehanging.
I prefer this solution.
Note SUPER DRY soil.
Usually, I fill a big watering can and water from the top and then spray the front lightly with hose.
There is a small amount of soil loss when doing this, but nothing significant.
The soil that can be seen here on the stones is from when I removed a dead one.
Anyway, it's not perfect, but I love it and it's a work in progress and a good learning experience.
Looking back at the planter last June, I'm thinking it probably could do with some time off the wall, a good soaking and replanting...
(pic was taken before watering)