This is a new series I will run occasionally about my garden. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I seem to spend an awful lot of time in it for not much reward.
I'm hoping by focussing on my garden in my blog, I might see some progress.
I love getting outside and putting hands in the dirt, but we have a) very heavy clay soils in Canberra, b) we have a big garden, c) I have a very small amount of energy, d) we have very hot dry summers of 35-40 deg Celsius , and dry cold winters with frost, and e) we have a very energetic dog.
I had a play planting some pots up with succulent cuttings from my parent's garden this weekend.
I seem to do better with pots. You can move them around to get the right climate, you can adjust the soil easily, no heavy digging.
I also forget about things with my Aspie brain. If I'm not obsessed with it 24 hours of the day, then it's out of sight, out of mind.
I will look after plants for maybe a week, and then they're on their own. I also never remember when to prune and feed, and I don't spray for health reasons.
So for all these reasons, gardens have an uphill battle with me.
To make matters worse, my sister and mother are great gardeners, and my dad's parents ran a nursery!
Flowering at the moment is a succulent. (I just noticed it has aphids while cropping the picture!)
A geranium has been trying to bud burst for weeks
some succulent cuttings I potted last weekend
Lavender is flowering (lovely lavender)
and so is rosemary
a wider shot to show all the bare ground around the plants...drives me mad!
here is a dandelion flowering happily, in amongst the few bits of grass
a snow in summer plant with dog protection
two kangaroo paw plants I received on Mother's Day
but was too scared to plant in case they died.
I finally planted them in the ground
under dog protection, near the cat outdoor cage.
Look at all the grass not on the lawn!
the cat cage near the bird cage
they sit and talk to each other
the animals, not the cages!
Blueberry and Jade
I love my water pot near the back door that houses 11 fish at last count. They thrive on neglect. We feed them once a week if we remember, never clean it out, and they have babies. They water plants give them oxygen and keep the water clean. That's a win in my book!
Thanks for pottering around my garden with me in the middle of Winter.
We are blessed that anything flowers or grows at this time of year.
I remember when we moved to Vancouver and asked what would grow in Winter on our balcony, they looked at us in surprise and said "nothing"!