I've been away on summer holidays since Christmas so this post is late. I didn't want to miss a month, so here goes with a quick End of Month View of the areas I am hopefully improving.
Not looking much different to last month except that the Lobelias have grown and there is now a Strawberry Pot (a Christmas present). It's really too hot in this spot for potted Strawberries, so I'll move them into the garden and plant something a bit tougher in the pot.
There are some disappointments here. Most things have grown well, but there are not as many flowers as I hoped. The daisy bush is hardly flowering and the Mesembryanthemums aren't flowering at all. The Agapanthus isn't growing or flowering although all the ones in my gardens are doing really well and flowering their heads off. Maybe it doesn't like being in a pot? The Convolvulus isn't flowering much either. And the Oleander still hasn't begun flowering although it is growing. All in all, it's not bad but could be better.
This is going well and there are plenty of flowers here, but I am still impatient for it all to fill out more.
I have been disappointed with the Celosias. The colour is great but the leaves have been eaten almost completely off while I've been away and so the plants haven't grown much. I think it's snails so I've put down bait. I like the colours in this garden but it's not a tapestry yet. Here's a view looking the other way.
The self-sown Gauras I moved here are taking off and the Artemisia "Valerie Finnis" is on its way too. The Convolvulus is reaching out for the stump, so it's all going well. I'm just impatient, I suppose. Onward.
The steps are still the same because I haven't been able to find a Ceanothus to plant in front of them. I may have to wait for Autumn now. No change behind the steps either as I couldn't get my Chocolate Cosmos, so I'm doing nothing for now. It's too late to plant summer annuals and I don't want to put in anything permanent until we paint the house.
So that's it for December. Roll on January!