My cheap $20 'old lady rose arch' wasn't built to last and blowing with the wind and I was at a lost what to do but randomly our Neighbour was getting rid of their super heavy duty one so all solved! I have finally managed to make my top tier garden with hostas around the cherry tree. Job satisfaction, tick.
And the back fence & planter is finally completed! Tops on the fence and planter are on (unfortunately at the loss of half a peonies due to a wayward saw). Only waiting on the plants to put in the planter now.
Wow. We have nearly been in our house 4 years and never cut back the trees. An unwanted guest of the furry ratty type in our roof forced our hand to do something. It was decided the branches was how it was getting into the house so with the big help of Grandad and Tom they cut back heaps in a short time while Nan kept the kids happy in the paddling pool. Thank you nan and grandad! It now has raised another problem of the clay bank which is very visible... Punga trees?... Yet another project!
Second year of poppies, so I tried the retaining wall planter this time and wow! About 600mm tall! So didn't work that well with my hedge behind! So will maybe try behind... Worked well up around vege tier, some even self seeded. Sweetpea self seeded too.
This Iris deserves a mention. Tom bought it off trade me when Iris was born. He was a little baffled when it arrived as a bulb stump, but it took a year and it has doubled and now flowering! Worth the wait.
This morning we visited our swan plant to check on Freddie, Theodore, Leo, Frankie (all my baby boy names) but it was Rosie (Olive's choice) who was just hanging there ready to turn into a Chrysalis, so for science we brought Rosie inside so we could watch. Wow. We didn't check for an hour or so and she was mostly covered up! This is Olive's drawing of Rosie the caterpillar.
We have Monarch caterpillars! Yay! They are tiny but there are lots of them. Mummy is more excited than Olive at this stage. Olive did enjoy watching videos on the process to butterflies, should be interesting. Hope our swan plant can cope.
The poppies have started to come out! Most things in the Vege tier are doing well, tomato's look a little small but flowering, didn't string up the sugar snap peas fast enough but they are still producing. Courgette is still alive!
Patio in a day. A warm sunny day hanging in the garden. Iris had her first swing and Olive enjoyed pushing her. Olive enjoyed helping with the sand collection and watching daddy working from the swing chair.
I've got the garden bug again! Twiglands had some great plants which sparked ideas for the steps, the fuschia standard which took a battering (lost its top) has been given a new home (also had another battering getting there) and has transformed into a baby standard.
The Vege garden is in full swing again. Potatoes, tomatoes, chilis, beans, snow peas, carrots, beetroot, herbs. The apple tree is looking great and the raspberries are forming. Hoping for a good yield this year!
Even though I was late with planting the tulips, they are still good! All growing well! We popped outside while the sun was shining and olive said to me 'mummy why you wearing your jammie's? That's a bit strange' (I was in fact wearing trackpants), getting fashion advice from a two year old, it is sad day.
Enjoying our pebble vege paradise. Sugar snap peas are doing really well, radishes are too. Potatoes & corn have got so high it's a jungle in there for olive! Olive has taken to helping herself to the peas, as the raspberries are all but exhausted.
Geeze the nights have been hot! 22 degrees in Olives room most evenings. So naturally you start thinking things should be growing in the garden. My first raspberry! So proud take that $6 punnets at the supermarket. Apples are plentiful too, might need to clip off a few!
I checked out our grafted apple tree and she had plenty of flowers -yay! We have had her nearly a year, must feed her for fruit! As for my raspberry, I thought they lived in 2 year cycles so she surprised me with lots of new growth.
This deserves a mention. A year ago I planted some grannies bonnets as they like semi shade. No flowers when spring & summer passed but a year on and they have grown up to 70cm and flowering! Finally! Lucky I kept them.
The drain proves it's worth - as it diverts the torrent of water away from under the house. Quite chuffed we are feeling today after a torrential downpour puts it to the test. Here's hoping the office stays dry!