Wednesday, 5 January 2011

3 New Gardens in 2 days

During 2 days of our holidays Mark and I have managed to create 3 new gardens. The first venture was a joint effort turning a neglected patch of soil with a few Agapanthers scattered at one end, in to a complete garden that we could be proud of (or, at least not so embarrassed by) which is rather important since we see this garden bed every time we decide to go anywhere in the car. Without purchasing any plants we managed to fill this garden bed with Agapanthers that were crowded in other parts of the front garden, Clivias that were dying from too much sun in the front garden, and some Cardamon plants that were given to me by a friend last boxing day. It now looks much more presentable (admittedly not great), has potential to shine when in flower, and it felt good to create a garden without spending any money. This in turn spurred on the second garden.

Agapanthers, Clivias and Cardamon
For a while now I've been propagating succulents that have been given to me as gifts or cuttings, and many of these succulents have been sitting in small pots in the sun in a length of dirt that could hardly be called a garden, has enough dirt to grow weeds in, and has the right amount of sun for succulents. So yesterday was the day that the mature, and some not so mature plants were planted in to this shallow, angular length of dirt. The end result was an alright looking feature that lacked depth due to the limited use of plants. A trip to Flower Power (we should have shares in that place) resulted in my first purchase of succulents to solve this problem, and I managed to stick to a limit of 3 new plants being brought and planted (not seen in this after photo). I plan to also propagate these to create further interest in this new garden by constantly adding to it. It feels kind of good to have a living artwork in progress, even if it is going to take a little longer than waiting for a layer of paint to dry.

Before-Bed of weeds

After-Succulent garden

The third new garden made up for the lack of spending on the other two. Mark and I have often admired Bromeliads at the nursery, and for Christmas Mark received a few as gifts with wonderful flower spikes. After deliberating for a few days where we were going to create the Bromeliad garden for greatest impact and enjoyment, we came to the conclusion that their beauty would be lost in any of our existing gardens, and thus a sexy new pot was in order-lets just say they cost about twice as much as what we imagined and leave it at that. Mark has created a garden that looks amazing with the perfect mix of Bromeliads, Crotos and Mondo grass.
Bromeliads aerial


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