Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Busy & Beautiful

Well it has certainly been a busy weekend, phew! I'm plum tuckered out!

Having had a lovely day on Saturday at Akamba and spent just a little bit of money!! Oh by the way I used my garden vouchers at last!!

Sunday was so warm that we decided to plant one or two plants!
The Trachycarpus Fortunei, that has been in a pot for quite a few years and has now got to the stage where we struggle to lift it, so it had to be planted. Here is hubby in his stripes (he does like his stripes!)digging a big hole and next to him is Trachy!

Trachy, now planted, I took of a few palms and will feed it with Palmbooster

I am pleased how this looks as the far side has room for me to plant a couple of my brugmansias. I have decided to plant alot of them this year as this should hopefully reduce the need to water so often, then late autumn I will dig them up and over winter in the greenhouse!

My Tetrapanax Papyrifera 'Rex' which has been overwintering in the greenhouse has speeded up its growth rate, so for the last week I have had it sat outside to harden off. At long last after much deliberation and tea drinking I have decided where it should be planted.

I have taken a pic of it with a standard unit of measurement you will all recognise and we can all watch it grow!I hope to do this about once a month, as I believe these can shift!!!!!

Sassy was exhausted with all this going on and found somewhere cool to lie down!

The Borneo Giant unfurling another leaf! I hope we get some good weather soon as I want to move this up onto the patio where its nice and hot, or should be if we get a good summer!!

Sparmannia africana,(House Lime or African Hemp) probably not the most sensible buy, but these leaves are soft and fluffy! Another one that will need to be lifted in for the winter, maybe a bit tender but should be ok on my south facing patio!

You will like these......did you know there was such a thing as Hardy Impatiens? (Busy Lizzies) not that they look like your standard Busy Lizzie

on the left we have Impatiens omeiana and on the right Impatiens tinctoria now aren't you jealous!!!! I have always loved busy lizzies and often have them planted in my window boxes.
I was so impressed by these I bought a book about them.
Off for a cuppa and a read!!!!!


Sheila said...

I think you should rename this blog, Woodlands Jungle World..!

Cheryl said...

What an amazing set of plants Libby. I watched an old gardeners world programme today. They were planting a Jungle bed, I thought of you.
I can't wait to see these all grow...I hope the summer is nice and hot for you so they put a good spurt on.

Totally jealous about those Impatiens,,,,never ever heard of them.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Busy Lizzies? Busy Libby, you mean! ;-)

How wonderful that you have 2 hardy Impatiens. Do they flower?

BTW love your Trachy and it looks so happy in the garden now!

Your garden is looking more and more like a tropical jungle and I like it loads!

How nice that your neighbour liked your pots with tulips and rightly so of course, as they look smashing. You did a excellent job Libby!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Your gardewn looks better and better each day! And how nice to have a smart stripey hubby to help with all the heavy lifting!

ChrisJ said...

Impatiens and begonias and perhaps petunias are about the furthest extent of our flower growing. But we do have a lot of perennials and bushes. The neighbor's nasturtiums are doing well. They spread under the fence by themselves. You are very ambitious,hardworking and talented

farmingfriends said...

You always have fantastic and unusual plants growing in your garden. it's great to come over and have a tour of your garden.
Sara from farmingfriends