NB: This post has been made in advance so something happens on my blog while I am away. However, I will do my best while in Israel to post a few blogs of things that I see, do or whatnot.
Last year, I planted wildflower seeds in the small flower bed in the front of the house. A neighbourhood cat (or 2 or 3) unfortunately took to using said flowerbed as a huge litterbox. Aside from having to clean up the poo (yuck!) it also meant that my carefully planned planting got entirely mixed up!
I had ensured the taller flowers were at the back and graduating down to the smaller ones in the front as one would normally do. But as the cat(s) had other ideas, the flowers grew very erratically and the wildflower garden was much more wild than planned.
In April this year as some of the flowers were growing again I had the sense to move the ones I recognized as being tall to the back and everything was going along just fine. They were growing and aside from one tall purple flowering plant being at the front corner beside the path, they were not as badly mixed up as last year. (Although I did have to construct a fence to stop said tall purple flowering plant from falling into the path and getting trampled by careless people).
Why am I blogging this? Because two new species have appeared in the wildflower patch this year 🙂
First is a gorgeous bright orange flower that opens wide like a poppy in the sunshine and closes up at night. I had some warning of these as I had spied them growing and their tubular buds so I had been watching with interest to find out what they would look like as I didn’t know what they would be …
And the next surprise was two different purple bell shaped flowers that literally sprung up without me even noticing they were coming. One day I was coming out of the door to get into the car and there they were!
(Notice my wonky homemade fence!)
Aren’t these just sweet as can be?!
Now if anyone knows what any of these little darlings are, please let me know as I would love to have more of them!
Last but not least is not new to the garden but rather has grown from a twig I cut about 2.5 years ago and have nurtured along. That twig has grown into a lovely bush and seems very happy living outside my front door…
So that is it for this little flower show – once the plants I grew from seed this year bloom I will post pictures of them. They include … marigolds, cornflowers, sunflowers, echinacea and sweet sultans.
I was just uploading some new photos from my camera and realised just how much my garden has changed in the past few months. I imagine that it hadn’t really dawned on me because:
- These things happen gradually so just like having kids, one minute they are quite small/insignificant (not the kids but the plants!) and then the next POOF! they are running about wildly and have more than quadrupled in size.
- I have been too busy with other things such as those pesky essays to write, the dissertation proposal, exams, travel plans and arrangements etc. All this has no doubt distracted my mind from the beauties around me.
So… I took these pictures in April when I had just planted potatoes…
And then the other day, I went out and took more pictures …
Is that amazing or what?! It really is lovely to sit out on the patio and feel cocooned by plants. Soon the flowers I have planted in the garden and in pots around the patio will be blooming and it will be even more tempting to live out there and never go indoors!
Spring has sprung and with it life in the garden! After a long cold winter filled with hectic study days, I have finally cracked and re-entered the garden to provide love & care to the plants. Such as …
It has also meant the return of the wildlife that had run away from the wintery weather. Such as this absolutely GORGEOUS Goldfinch (and his mate who turned up with him later in the day).
More plants & animals to come so watch this space 🙂
I spent part of today in the garden tidying up, weeding, etc. This picture of one of our pepper plants shows just how happy they have been. While not easy to tell by this photo, the plant is loaded with peppers!
Other updates, the first bunch of main potatoes were dug up and although most are small, they were plenty of them! So I’m leaving the other 5 bags for a few more weeks before harvesting. And the apples on our second tree are just about ready for eating. We’ve had a couple from this tree and they are sweet and very juicy – we’re all looking forward to next years crop already!
I bought this little herb as a seedling by post from a Scottish cmpany called Barwinnock Herbs in Ayrshire. In the few months I have been looking after him, he has frown very well. The smell of his leaves when rubbed is a strong citrus scent and I have grown fond of the little darling. And then he flowered!
The unexpected dainty little pink flower was a wonderful surprise and I love it!
Further images of the garden are available on my Flickr page and include our yummy apples, a weird cucumber and sweetcorn in the making!
I have been poorly for the past week – nothing major just a cold but the summer ones really drain my energy. Needless to say I haven’t gotten much done. But yesterday, we dug up the rest of the new potatoes and discovered….
Mr. Potatohead! Here he is dancing dirty 😉
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