I look upon my garden areas rather like a parent looks upon their children.
First, there's the older kids ... the adult children who've left home and you have almost no control over their lives any more. While you drop in to visit every now and then, you really can't do much other than watch over them as they mature ... that's my outdoor garden beds which include the Front Garden Beds,
the Driveway Garden Beds,
the Pergola Garden Area,
and the Hill Garden Area.
Then there are the young teenagers ... the ones that are trying to find their own identity but still rely on you for the essentials like food, shelter, money for clothes and you still have a say in who they can play with! That's my Shadehouse/Greenhouse garden ...
Finally, there's that rather obnoxious, wilful and prone-to-temper-tantrums toddler. You really love them, but they just won't do what they're supposed to ... and it's exhausting!!! Well, that's my new outdoor garden bed.
The relationship started off really well when it was a baby ... hubbie built these new garden beds in a spot that was ugly and unsightly.
The long 'wet' season wreaked havoc with lots of my carefully chosen plants and there's no resurrecting them ... just like a toddler that won't wear something because it's yellow!!!! It's just not going to happen!
All I can do now is look lovingly over the photos and reminisce about how this darling used to be!!
So, I've been very busy lately ... hence the relatively few blog posts. After spending a couple of weeks getting my favourites into shape ... the Shadehouse/Greenhouse Garden and Courtyard Garden ... I just couldn't keep on avoiding the new garden bed anymore.
I've now removed all the dead plants with tears in my eyes ... the lovely Calibrachoas, Buddleia, Celosia spicata, Gomphrena leontopodioides and Kalanchoe pumila. Why, oh why???
I've checked over the critically ill ...and trimmed them (hoping they come back) .... the Osteospurmums, Plectranthus and Saliva farinacea. I'm keeping fingers crossed and hoping I'll see the return of the Sprekelia formosissima and the Gladiolus callianthus too.
I've removed all the invaders ... that Giant Sword Fern has a lot to answer for!!! I've added fertiliser and compost to the soil. I've tried digging over all sections ... but parts are now totally root-bound from something and I haven't quite figured out what it is yet!
Finally, today, I did a stocktake. The Daylilies survived ... the Poinsettias survived ... the Angelonias survived ... the Gerberas still there ... the Turnea Ulmifolia is still thriving ... and the Mesembryanthemum 'Pig face' is still hanging in there!
So, while there's some good out of all this, I'm now left with the next job ... trying to decide on what I should try now!!! This bed is proving to be the proverbial pain in the ####!!!! Now that the day is drawing to an end, this is how the toddler looks ... rather grotty, with a grumpy look on its face and looking decidedly unloved! Mum needs a sleep!