Monday, November 15, 2010

Garden bloggers bloom day

Two more weeks of exams and I'll be back in blog land catching up on your gardens. I really miss the opportunity to look over what you're doing, and e-chatting with some of the friends I've made. But study calls and this is the culmination of three years of being away from my family at nights sitting in a classroom. I can't wait for it to be over, but I can't chance cocking it up either.

My present from Alison last Christmas was my raised veggie bed. Putting in some veggies and seeing them come to fruition under my amateur ministration was the impetus for me to start gardening in earnest. Ernest took umbrage at this so I decided to use the yard to fulfill my garden needs.  Some therapy later and Ernest and I are on talking terms again.

Keeping up with what is changing or evolving is made all the easier by joining Gardening bloggers bloom day thanks to May Dreams Gardens. It gives me the opportunity to take a nice monthly hard look at what is growing, what is struggling and what just needs to be moved or removed. It's a diary of what is happening on my little plot.

And now to the blooms.

This is Ptilotus. The P is sadly silent as in Ptolemy, so no spitting at inquiries from interested onlookers. I have fallen in love. When I marry it we will have children with fluffy purple moustaches.
 Petunias in hanging baskets make a lovely show.
 Marigold in the veggie bed helps keep bugs at bay.
 This one was included last month, but has rewarded me with a second spike.

 The Mad Hatter is beautiful.

 The strawberries hold promise.
 Another native. Snake vine or Hibertia Scandens.

 This is an Australian native ground-cover. That little flower is the first wave of what will be an inundation in a week or two.

 Pyrethrum daisy also in the veggie bed as a bug deterrent.

 Even the chives under the roses are starting to flower.

 I swear I bought the blue agapanthus. Maybe some spray paint would help?


 Hebe Jeebie recently taken from the garden bed where it was struggling.

 The salvia has started.
 Underplanting of the Wollemi Pine.

Enjoy bloom day.


Bernie said...

Wow, you can tell it's Springtime in your garden ... so many lovely flowers. Love the native Violet under your Wollemi Pine ... and I adore your white Agapanthus, even if it's not what you were expecting.

I must get some of that Ptilotus ... such a magnificent bloomer. It looks like your garden has been thriving while you've been studying away ... I do so hope the exams go well and you can take some time to relax. Great GBBD post.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a show of color. I am so envious. Spring is a long way off for us and I am drooling over all your beautiful Blooms. Great photos too.

patientgardener said...

lots of lovely spring flowers, cheered me up here in drab autumnal UK

Denise said...

Your Ptolemy/Ptilotus plant has arrived in So.Calif marketed as 'Joey.' I've killed it already, I'm sorry to say. Your post really balances out the autumnal November Bloom Day posts! (Denise/

Missy said...

You have a host of wonderful blooms. All that rain must have done them good. The Ptilotus is beautiful.
AND good luck with your final exams.

Plant chaser said...

Wow! Congratulations on both your garden and nearing graduation.

The blooms are really great. So much color in your garden.

--Bom @

Anonymous said...


My favourite one - the apricot dream that's rewarded you with another spike - looks so good. I really want one.

Meanwhile, it's good to hear that therapy has helped you and Ernest get back on level ground. I dread to think of his humiliation, being treated like dirt. Tut tut Paul!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Hi Paul. Gorgeous photos. I love the ptilotus, and the thought of those fluffy purple moustaches put a smile on my face.
Best wishes with the exams!
(Btw I don't remember seeing your link on the list? I used my bookmarks list to come and see if you'd posted anything for GBBD.)