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  • 16 Apr

    Spring Update: Losses and new additions

    After a mild Winter, and the beginning of a somewhat conservative Spring, we took stock of the garden babies, and went to see what had survived and what had not. The patio tubs had been kept on the patio, but moved under the porch, so the worst of the weather (and the frost) could not touch them. ...
  • 2017

  • 20 Oct

    Supporting Buddy Jr.

    Buddy Jr.'s gotten so big now, almost topping 11 feet high, and about 6 feet across, that the wind uses him like a battering ram. A recent spate of high winds thanks to the last vestiges of Hurricane Erma, have left him bent so far forward he 's over shadowing the new berry bushes, and stopping ...
  • 16 Aug

    We lost the battle. :'(

    Connie has died. :'( Despite our best efforts to keep her healthy and growing, we lost the battle. The torrential rain washed all nutrients out of the soil faster than we could replenish them. We've put compost down, nutrient enriched soil, mulch and plant food mixed with water, we even put a ...
  • 2 Jun

    Connie Triumphant

    Connie's blooming.!!!! \o/ After almost being dug up, because she was more brown and crispy than green, and we thought she was on her way to 'Concha heaven', Connie has fought back valiantly, and is now starting to bloom. Her trunk was going from green/brown to grey, and all her lower green leaves ...
  • 11 May

    Connie's Fighting Back

    After seeing how rapidly the brown is spreading through Connie's branches and leaves, with the newly sprouting leaves turning brown and dying, I decided to dig her up. This morning when I went out to finish yesterday's weeding, I took another look at Connie, and noticed that where the new grown ...
  • 8 May

    R. I. P. Daphne

    Poor Daphne, the salix Hakuro Nishiki, has been dug up after starting to die, back in July last year. We left her, hoping she'd make a comeback this Spring, but she hasn't. She has been here longer than most of the residents, having been planted nearly 18 years ago. How on earth she managed to ...
  • 8 May

    Completely Useless

    Now that I've discovered the soil in my garden is completely useless for growing everything that I wanted to grow in it, I'm going to have to change tactics. It explains why Connie is dying, the rhododendron died within weeks, and the laurel bush didn't stand a chance. We can't afford to put all ...
  • 2 May

    #2, Dipladenia Sanderi "Sundaville Red"

    The beautiful red vine we bought last Spring died 2 weeks before it was warm enough to go back outside on the patio. I am giving up on house plants. I was never that good at keeping them alive, no matter how much I nourished and nurtured them, or not, depending on the given instructions. Again, I ...
  • 2 May

    Something's wrong with Connie

    Having survived a very wet Winter, and the minus degree frosts we've had during the past 3 months, Connie started to exhibit signs of regrowth, tiny little green buds and the first peeks of new leaves were seen, and then suddenly she started to turn brown. We have no idea what is wrong, or how to ...
  • 2016

  • 8 Oct

    Space, Rhubarb, Rhododendrons and I Told You So.!

    Today, the big guy played barber to both Buddy and Blossom. Buddy got the short back and sides and Blossom got a buzzcut. Soon it will be Connie's turn, but I'd rather deal with the space issues we seem to have first. The rhubarb went completely mad, and despite only having two plants, they both ...
  • 20 Aug

    So many unknown flowers...

    The mysterious flower sachet that we received through the post some months ago has produced some real beauties, none of which we had even the first clue about. Thanks to this site, I discovered most of the small colourful ones were Linaria and with the help of Google figured out that there were ...
  • 31 Jul

    Dipladenia Sanderi "Sundaville Red"

    Yesterday, we went to the local "specialist" garden store to find the necessary equipment to keep 'Bob', the phalaenopsis Orchid from keeling over and dying, after spending a week in potting soil. :O Thankfully, he's a brave boy and didn't seem unduly worried that his new owners tried to suffocate ...
  • 22 Jul

    The Hibiscus tree has bloomed.! :D

    I've been waiting since we bought the tree from the local garden centre to see what colour the blooms would be. There's a pink hibiscus growing wild at the bottom of the road next to ours.. but so far this year it hasn't bloomed, although it does have small buds showing.. so I'm really pleased that ...
  • 3 Jul

    Buddy Jr., Blossom and the HUGE Storm.

    As if my poor buddleia's haven't been through enough.. with frost bite, bug invasions and children. The tail-end of the HUGE storm to hit the Netherlands 2 weeks ago almost did for them both. Poor Buddy Jr. the tall 'Black Knight' was left uprooted and smashed by jet powered rain and gale force ...
  • 23 Jun

    Crabby Concha

    The Ceanothus 'Concha' I named 'Connie' is sulking, and I can't say I blame her. After making it known she had had more than enough to drink, thank you VERY much, by turning her tiny green leaves yellow and brown, and throwing a few around in a temper, she then endured nearly two weeks of constant ...