Blimey! What a week! Thunderstorms, lightning, heavy rain and rainbows with some sunshine and intermittent blue skies. I haven’t really spent much time in the garden, though I did manage to plant a couple of my tulips into the blue glazed pots after removing the Cosmos that had pretty much finished. I have cut down my tomato plants even though I have several vines of green tomatoes to try and ripen, but I wanted to paint the interior of the conservatory so needed to clear it out. I also chopped down my Fatsia Japonica as my son was complaining how difficult it was to get along the paths through the garden. I must admit it had grown rather large and was just coming into flower. I have left some flowers on for the insects, but will chop it down even more once they have finished. The difference on the patio is amazing. Much more light too.
My Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ have been outside all summer but now due to the lack of sun are beginning to turn green again. They do this over winter, but become nice and ‘black’ when in the full sun. Once I have finished painting and cleaning the conservatory they will come indoors. I am sure all this rain isn’t good for them.
Inside already is my Echeveria ‘Pink Pearl’ (I think) which has grown this year, now with two heads. I have some babies from this plant as well which I hope will survive the winter.
Still indoors this is my Thanksgiving cactus or Schlumbergera truncata. . The Thanksgiving cactus has pointy edges; the Christmas cactus has smooth, round edges. Last year it flowered in the conservatory for months.
One of my two new Skimmia japonica plants now potted up with some cheerful red cyclamen to add colour to the courtyard garden.
And finally a look at the very wet ‘Zen Patio‘ which has not been looking very zen-like for some weeks now. The bistro set has been moved into the shed, the hosta needs removing from its pot and splitting up and most of these pots will need to be moved indoors as soon as I finish the work, not because of frost because we rarely get much here, but because of the wet. I have bought some fleece though just in case and I am still debating as to whether or not I bring the chocolate cosmos inside! Then the patio can be pressure-washed and the lawn mowed, hopefully next week.
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