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Thursday, January 12, 2012

End of Month View - December 2011 (A bit late)

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.

Potted Garden
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.

Honeysuckle Bed
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
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!


  1. I think Summer is hard on gardens in most of Oz. I know that's true of mine right now. Your pots look fairly happy despite the lack of blooms. I know I find it hard keeping up the watering and the fertilizing during summer as it's just so darn hot!

    Your Honeysuckle bed is coming along nicely. It's a shame about the Celosia foliage. Mine get eaten up here too, and even though we don't get too many snails, I think it'd definitely snails that munch on the Celosia leaves.

    Your Roses are lovely. Such a gorgeous colours. Is that a patch of Calibrachoas in there as well? It's great to hear the Gauras, the Artemisia and the Convolvulus are doing well. It's tough going when the sun is sizzling hot!

  2. Oh, for a bit of summer... Although I'm sure it's difficult to keep things watered in your warm weather. We grow a ceanothus called "Concha" whihc is covered in masses of deep blue flowers in our summer

  3. Lyn, I think your potted garden looks perfect. I don't miss more flowers one little bit. But I can understand that you had different expectations :-)!
    The Honeysuckle Bed is brimming with color. I like especially the chartreuse colored mounding plants in the foreground and, being me, the rose of course! Can you tell me what variety that is? Thanks! I enjoy following the progress in the areas of your garden that you have chosen for the End of the Month-View posts quite a bit.

  4. I like these periodic updates and the assessments that go with them. Your honeysuckle bed is coming along, but I know what it is like to want things to fill in quicker! I love the sunny grouping of pots.

  5. Although it's officially WInter here in the UK, we're having a bizarre 'warmish' phase at the moment. We should be deep in frost or snow, instead it's a 'balmy' 12C and the sun's shining. Lovely to see your sunny pictures of your Summer garden. x

  6. It looks fabulous! Just needs time. I'm glad to see your self-sown gaura. I ordered seeds this year, and it's nice to hear a success story.

  7. Lyn, I have missed you and was so happy to read your post.

    I think your plants are coming along; as Holley said, they just need a bit more time.

    I wonder if you have considered planting succulents in the holes of your cement blocks in addition to the stones? It would be a beautiful green addition to your garden wall.

  8. I've only just discovered your blog - think I'll be spending some time reading this weekend.
    Hasn't Summer been harsh on the garden this year. My garden is in south-east Queensland and I'm just wishing for a bit of rain at the moment.

  9. Summer is especially hard on containers! I do love the combination of colors you have going on in your honeysuckle bed. It's so nice to see some color when everything is so brown over here with our winter!

  10. despite people saying that agapanthus like to be pot bound I'm not convinced at all, mine grow better in the border than in pots but I think it depends on variety. They also dont like being moved much and I beleive can sulk!

    Thanks for joining in again even if it was late which doesnt matter at all :)

  11. Your honeysuckle bed looks lovely. I had pink gaura last year but it died, and I've been unable to find it in plant or seed. I've got plenty of white which I sowed from seed and it's all going strong... maybe it's more hardy!

  12. Hi Lyn: I hope all is well with you. I remember reading this post and enjoying it very much! But alas, I see that I didn't leave a comment before. It's very encouraging for those of us stuck in the deep freeze to see your beautiful blooms. Thanks for the glimpses of colorful plants!

  13. Bernie - it's been a really cool summer here so far, I think we've only had 3 or 4 days over 30 degrees C; not typical at all, so watering hasn't been a problem for once. Maybe that's why some of the plants are shy of flowering. The Celosias are a big disappointment. I've grown them before, in pots, and they've been spectacular. Grrr, snails! The Calibranchoas (well spotted!) on the other hand, are doing wonderfully, although they're only annuals here because of the frosts.

    Janet - glad to share a bit of summer with you! Ceanothus flower here in Spring rather than Summer, but they're a nice dark green Summer background to brighter plants.

    Christina - thanks! The chartreuse mounds are Sedum "Gold Mound" and they were more golden in spring.The rose is the one I think is Mr Lincoln, and the flowers are usually a darker red than this. Must be the cool weather we've been having.

    Laurrie and Jane - thanks for your encouraging comments!

    Holley - I've given up on the white species Gaura as it's too weedy here, but the pink ones self-seed just the right amount. I have "Siskiyu Pink" and "Passionate Pink" and the seedlings vary a bit, which is nice.

    Debra - we did consider planting succulents in the cement blocks when we first built the walls, but then never did anything about it. At the moment, the dreaded Vinca major is still coming up throught he blocks, but once that stops, I think I will try some succulents. So thanks for the reminder!

    Missy - it's always great to hear from a new visitor! Summer has been very kind to us here so far, nothing like what you've been having, so I feel definitely spoilt. I'll check out your blogs today.

    Indie - yes, the pots wouldn't be looking so good if we were having our normal very hot and dry summer. Even the lawns are still green, practically unheard of in January. I'm not good at keeping up watering in normal summer conditions, I'm afraid. So I'm enjoying the easy life for now, and so are the pots.

    Helen - sulky Agapanthus, eh? I'll have to give it a good talking to. The ones in the garden are the tallest they've ever been and have dozens of flowers on them, so if the potted one doesn't get its act together, the new ruthless me will get rid of it.

    Ruth - the white ones are more hardy, but I would have thought the pink would be okay where you are. You only need one plant to start off, then they self-sow or you can collect the seeds. I hope you find one. I'd post you some seeds if you lived in Australia.

    Beth - I'm well, thanks, and enjoyed a relaxing time away over Christmas and early January. More Australian summer in my next post!


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