"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

-Skybax rider motto

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Burnt & Battered

End of Feb & my backyard is a little worse for wear, birds nest fern, cordyline & even the dianella are burnt. So today I have trimmed all the burnt bits off & spread some magic poo & mulch & hopefully they will all spark up.

My little agave attentuata fared better than most, but still has a few burnt spots, the heat has not bothered Lomandra tanika in the slightest.
My magnificent Dracaena Draco in command position, next to it is a ficus in a pot, which is also a little burnt.  Have cut down the purple fountain grass, should get another flowering before winter, ponytail palms both from Dad when they shifted, doing well.

And just as Im finishing up S4 comes in after walking his dog saying that its just started sprinkling with rain, he also said "Mum as I walked up the street into our yard it smells like a pig pen"  Hahahaha, I think he means sheep yards!!
Couldnt possibly be the 20 bags of poo I have distributed around the garden, poor neighbours!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Poos Aint Poos!

I have been working my butt off the last couple of weeks in the garden in an endeavour to fertilise & mulch before we get some autumn rain (hopefully)The front driveway garden has been tidied up & a few things ripped out - two dwarf date palms, which had become very un dwarf like, shata daisies (too much shade) and heaps of self sown seaside daisy (erigeron). One new plant in this view - crassula ovata (Jade), we will see how this goes there!
There are two remaining of the nasty dwarf dates & a better view of the jade, which was a cutting from a garden round the block.  The date palms actually have a lovely tropical look & are extremely robust, but they can kill in a single stabbing with the deadly skewers that grow on the leaf branches.
A lovely cordyline electric pink doing very well & a cordyline peko up against the fence, this one is in full shade all year round.  Ajuga varieagata, gerbera & lots of seaside daisy. Oh & up the back in the shade are my clivea.

 This looks a little sad atm, but its very early days, Cordyline at front & in amonst the broken pot (I had to break it to get it out) against the pole is clematis montana, dont know much about this plant, purchased at an open garden last year, so will live in hope of success.

My first succulent planted in front driveway garden - Aeonium short black. love the look of this one, hope he grows strongly.  Being a lover of Australian natives, I find myself in a bit of a quandary, I need to add poo & compost to the soil to save & store some moisture in order for my plants to grow, but a lot of the natives dont like the added stuff & keel over, but they also struggle in the sands total lack of ability to retain moisture.  I have killed mainly grevilleas & banksias, so may have to stear clear of them, anyway I added sheep manure from poos aint poos & also their own special soil conditioner with a topping of sugar cane mulch, will mulch with a darker mulch once Ive finished planting.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

backyard Feb.

The purple fountain grass is going crazy & blocking out all other plants near it, think I will have to chop it back before its due.  Usually do it in August ready for spring growth, but maybe it could cope with two chops a year. I will try the one plant hiding my native hibiscus & see how it goes.  Am exhausted after laying sugar can mulch on the office garden & cleaning up after S2 - he has been digging & pulling out all the unwanted plants, mainly hundreds of agapanthus.  Im very pleased with him, he has done a good job & earnt some brownie points.

Monday, 13 February 2012

"Reeking havoc"

aaargh...............................scream, a few sobs, lots of back patting & then the brave smiles.
Unfortunately our sale fell through & we are now staying put for the time being.  After being very dissapointed, I have now reconciled myself to it & am getting on with things.
CP has been offered a job flying the water bombers for next summers fire season which will mean he can come home every night, so at least thats one thing.

Today the tree surgeon boys are creating havoc & chaos in the front garden, there are 5 of them & about 3 chain saws & a massive mulcher all going at once, Ive come inside before something drops on my head.  Going is the large date palm, 2 dwarf date palms, rubber trees (I think), travellers palms, bamboo & a sysigium hedge.  I wanted them gone as they had become too large for the area, the rats were breeding there & the bamboo & hedge was riddled with scale.  So thats my project for now to recreate my front garden into something I like & not something Ive inherited.
I am going to try and improve the soil as much as I can first, while its still summer, so I can get into the planting come autumn, my soil is basically beach sand so needs huge amounts of compost, humus etc.

This is my courtyard where I had the scale infested hedges, now I just need S2 to dig out the roots & I can get it ready for planting, I think I will create my little succulent garden here.

Theres the date palm stump in the centre, what a shocker of a plant to put on a small suburban block, those brutes need room to move!