All lilies plus tradescantia are going to be removed summarily - but it will be a long job. I started on it a couple of Sundays ago and got about a metre of it cleared, and even that small section yielded almost a full woolsack of detritus. So there's probably about 20 more woolsacks to go ... I am going to wait till Rob is here and work with him on it, or maybe when Joe has finished painting he would be keen. We shall see.
(** I looked up wandering jew on google as it's not a name I am comfortable using in print - how PC is that? Anyway I found the name that Rob calls it by so I can stop fearing being offensive, even if I do leave myself open to charges of being PC - that's OK, I am a Mac user ...)
|The filled woolsack|
|The gap that I created|
|A piece of the elephant ear (I think) tuber - rampant is the only word for it!|
|This is the effect I am after - I drove past this place a couple of weeks ago and asked if I could photograph the pathway. See how big the osteospermums get in the Waikanae climate and soil?|
I was on a roll and made executive and unilateral decisions about where other plants were going and in they went.
Since then, Rob has been for a couple of days and took me to lunch at a local garden centre - he bought lunch and I bought even more plants. Those places are a trap for me - I don't really care much for new clothes or new shoes, and now we are in a smaller house there is no more furniture required, and with living 5 months a year on the boat, I am over having every gadget for the kitchen (after all I use a wine bottle as a rolling pin on the boat - an endlessly renewable resource). Rob's task after the lunch was to complete the planting and I can now see what the garden is going to look like in a couple of months when things have added some growth. Now I just have to stay away from garden centres, but that is difficult - where shall I plant that blue hydrangea I bought yesterday ...
The wildflower seeds that I sowed in the front garden a few weeks ago have become seedlings that still look like weeds but that will change rather quickly.
|Last year this tree fuschia was a stick - there was so much vegetation crowding it out that it had to grow tall to get any sunlight. Since clearing the garden behind the bedroom, it has filled out and is now worthy of its place.|
The aforementioned George also loved rhododendrons - now that is fine with us. The ones he planted are huge, between 8 and 15 feet tall, and they are beautiful. What is more they flower at different times so there has been a changing display since we arrived home.
|This is the latest and last rhodo to flower. It has thrip so will be pruned heavily once its flowers have gone - to remove thrip and to bring down the flowering crown. In the meantime it looks lovely.|