Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Garden in the heat

Well Summer is finally taken hold 34c today. The garden is a picture and I've deheaded,snipped and tidied. Planted petunias and some lovely little mauve ground covers,forgot the name already. I can never remember names. As long as they are pretty it doesn't matter.
Our son put shade cloth over the pergola which I was hoping not, but the climbing roses haven't covered it as much as I would have liked by now. The Summers are so hot I think the roses will welcome the respite. The hollyhocks were really tall this year stretching about 10ft up and blooming like mad. I had to pull out a few as they were shading other flowers too much. I hate pulling out anything even when it looks like it's dying. I always feel it may come to life again.

We planted mixed cornflowers this year and they said on the label they grow to 60cms but they are at leas 70. They are pretty though.
The Hydrangeas are just beautiful and doing so well, pinks through to mauve.
I bought some new roses this year too, Jane McGrath,Red Cross and a Graham Thomas which will be a small climber, oh and a Blue Moon climber, all doing well so far.

The veggie patch has produced well over Winter with broccoli,peas,lettuce being the best.
I'm trying corn this Summer which seems to be growing well and also capsicum, green beans (which always do well here) peas,lettuce,baby squash,cherry tomatoes and Bounty tomatoes which I have planted in pots this year as I don't have a huge veggie garden. In Winter I tried the new Winter tomato plant,but it turned black all up the stems so I pulled them all out. I was frightened to plant the Summer ones in the ground in case the same thing happened. They say you shouldn't plant the same plant in the same place in the following years otherwise it carries on the deseases. Oh and all the herbs are doing well.

I kept the seed heads from last years Sun Flowers and they are all up and starting to flower.

It looks like we are getting a cool change coming through thank goodness. It well be a welcome relief
for the garden. I lost a few seedlings on the weekend even though I tried to keep them moist. I should have waited for the cooler day to plant. I can never wait to get them in when I bring them home.

I am having so much trouble posting since I got this Ipad in place of my laptop. 

If anyone can help me with this problem it would be much appreciated. The pictures and writing jump all over the place while i'm writing and it is so time consuming and annoying.

I had better stop now before I throw this thing out the window. Ha Ha .I will try and visit some of my favourite blogs if this thing permits chiou for now jeanette ann