Thursday, April 19, 2007

There and back to see how things are growing!

I haven't done as much as I should have, because I am so pooped but I did do ALL the ironing!!! (shock). I went roundto the neighbours to get some more wood and as they weren't in I thought you might like to see their garden....



I am looking down their garden from the edge of the patio!! Walking down the garden I pass this....



I keep forgetting to mention to hubby about it, we want a second pond because we had no tadpoles survive whatsoever, we have talked for a long time about putting a second pond in, with no fish, so frogs and newts (yep we have them too) could live and suvive happily!! Then walking on to the wood pile



I think I have seperated all the pieces I can, the rest are really tough!! Looking down the garden from the wood pile and it looks like this...



theres a stream down there and he has built a bridge over to the field he owns!!! Now if I turn round and look back up the garden you can see how big it really is...




What I could do with this, I would be in 7th heaven! Its quite sad really everyone in the row of cottages and this house plus two houses the other side of the row, have gardens as long as this except us, only one person uses the full length of their garden, they are all mowed and kept neat but thats it!!! Anyway past the tree on the right you can just make out my white dormer window!

I promised a trip round the greenhouse so here goes...



top shelf, surfina's and sweetpeas, next shelf, nasturtiums and sweet peas, very bottom, chinese artichokes!!



these are some of the Cannas, dawdling along!



mainly flowers on this shelf, cosmos, Cornflower rothrockii,



across the back salad leaves then, morning glory, cornflower, more cosmos and icelandic poppies....



OO I forgot to photograph the top shelf! Silly me anyway its full of tomatoes, chillies and peppers! This is across the back with the brugmansia stuck in the middle (the only place it will fit!!!) More trays of toms and peppers and Coleus.....



the tall plant on the right is another 'something different' to grow....



Ruth do you remember the matchbook of wildflowers you sent...




There where 10 and I think 5 have sprouted! The thing is none of the little matchstick bits where named so I have no idea whats growing, makes it fun!!!






Next to them are the begonias..



Alcosia (Elephants ears) on the left Canna on the right...



another Elephants Ears..



in the corner the cucumbers..



I have always grown them up a trellis, last year they grew right across the roof and out the door, I think most people grow them this way otherwise the slugs and snails would have a feast! You can see I use slug pellets in the greenhouse, because those wee beasties are hiding everywhere, I do try not to use them in the garden though!!

Then under the potting bench, we have more cannas, 2 Eucomis bicolour (pineapple lily)fuschia, ginger and something else I can't remember the name of!!!!



the gunnera (no its not in the greenhouse I just thought you might like to see how its coming along...



the banana by the pond..



bananas on the patio...



new leaves too...



and ironically the one that had the most protection in the greenhouse looks dead!!!



yet the trunk is still firm! I might have to lob a bit off the top and see what happens!! Next the caster oil plant..



some new plants, these don't include the ones I 'won' on Ebay..



and right by the back door the fig..



right off to make a cuppa now, catch you later!!!

7 comments:

Vallen said...

You could have a produce stand right out on the road with all that - flowers, too. I saw that alot in Hawaii. People just set up a table out by the mailbox and sell the fruits of their labors.

talj said...

You have so many plants!! And your neighbours garden is HUGE!! Such a waste to leave it so bare!

A wildlife gardener said...

I am very impressed with all the things going on in your greenhouse! Yesterday I said the garden was a hive of activity... but so is your greenhouse! I love your fig and the caster oil plant. I can have these indoors, but not outside...they'd be burned black by the wind....and your banana plant! Wow! Can't wait to see all the progress, Libby! Even if you don't have the space of your neighbours'gardens, you have the right idea to go up and up, as I noticed in yesterday's blog.

RUTH said...

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CAN I HAVE YOUR NEIGHBOURS GARDEN!!!Think what fun we would have Libby turning it into an oasis of colour and swopping seeds and cuttings! Glad something is coming up from the matchbook seeds; I think yours were a mixed flower mix so we shall have to wait and see what is growing....I think a couple look like poppies of some kind in your photo. I love the greenhose tour, and the gunnera, and the banana....so exciting!!!!
Happy Gardening
Rx

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I used to have a garden the size of a postage stamp and I loved to garden. However, many people who had big gardens did absolutely nothing with their garden, which was very frustrating, so I can relate to this. Luckily your garden is considerably bigger than a stamp. :-)

Wow, your bananas are looking great and you even have a pepper called sweet banana. It will be fun to see how that one turns out.

You have really been very busy with sowing all those seeds and the result looks very promising.

Allotment Lady said...

My goodness how on earth do you fit all that into your greenhouse - just fantastic

You are so far advanced. I haven't even sown my cucumbers yet or many tomato seeds - been waiting for the evenings to stay warm in case I lose them.

Your garden is stunning. Just think though, if you did have a huge garden as your neighbours do, you might not have the time, or energy to cram as much is as you do now.

And they have to have mostly lawns to keep on top of things I shouldn't wonder.

You really are a talentedn gardener. Brilliant

mrsnesbitt said...

Gosh Libby, so much going on! Well Done that woman!
LOL
Dxx