Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Selections # 314

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.


Elephant's Child usually participates, but she is currently taking a break and will join us again when she is ready.


Let's take a walk around my garden. Watch out for the ants, who now number in the millions.

on the front porch, my pigface cutting has doubled in size and when it has doubled again, I will find a spot for it down in the garden.

these two pots are looking very full. The jade, on the right in the white pot is fine, I'll leave it there, but the aeonium in the brown pot will need a new home soon, by next summer definitely.

my white geranium cutting, hiding amid the marigolds, has surprised me with a tiny flower. I'm glad to see it surviving.

see how much sun my front porch gets? All day in the summer, so I have to keep the front door closed to keep the heat out as much as possible.

this little pot is well overgrown, with the small leafed echeveria getting leggy

here's a closer look. The tight leaves on the right are one of the many varieties all going by the name Donkey's Tails

and it is flowering again. I was surprised by this last summer as I didn't know it was a flowering plant.

some of you may remember the last time I photographed this one, when it was just beginning to spread, now it has twelve heads, not counting the two I broke off and planted elsewhere.

my sage is beginning to recover, in spite of having a broken pot, you can see the break right by that long green leaf on the right. I came home one day to find the whole pot lying on its side on the footpath, so I cut all the sage and dried it for cups of tea and wondered if the plant would survive. I'll repot it once the weather cools down.

the mint is also making another comeback. I moved the pot to get more sunshine, not realising the plant had set down roots through the drain holes and they all got ripped off when I moved it. For a while I thought it was going to die.

I need to get out there and do some deadheading, trim this pelargonium back a little too, so it remains bushy.

woo-hoo! The ivy geranium! I planted a cutting, it disappeared, I resigned myself to not having one and now here it is, growing strongly. Yay!

this is the aeonium that once had four branches with multiple heads and someone ripped it in half a couple of summers ago, or maybe just last summer. See the stumpy end of the tall stem tied to the tree? That's where it was broken off, leaving just one small branch. Now it is regrowing with twisty, interesting branch shapes.

overall the garden is doing well, looking more like the jungle I'm wanting. Some of those empty spaces will be filled with plants that have outgrown their pots and then of course the pots will be cleaned out and replanted with something new.

Time to go in for lunch:

cheese and gherkin sandwiches, yum.




 







18 comments:

  1. Ahhh....that was a better way to stroll around the garden...by strolling through your photos...I didn't raise a sweat!

    May the coming week be filled with good things for you, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; no sweat is the best way. Angel isn't very cuddly right now, he's managed to get covered in prickles, I think paspalum and is touchy about being touched. I've managed to snip off a few large clumps, but some are too close to the skin.

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  2. I think you garden is growing picture perfect. Cheese and pickle sammies. Yum, yum.

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    1. Joanne; it is lovely and green and looking fuller too now that things have been growing.

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  3. Interesting garden, I can't imagine learning all those names and habits. That reminds me - I need to get my little garden going!

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    1. S.J.Qualls; I remember most of the names because I kept the nursery labels when I bought them.

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  4. I had forgotten about cheese and gherkin sandwiches. Nice.

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    1. Andrew; I've liked cheese and gherkin ever since I first tasted the combination at a Sunday School 'bring a plate' meeting. My friend invited me along, probably hoping I'd continue the Sunday School habit.

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  5. You have quite the green thumb! Your garden is looking nice and lush, but why in the world would anyone name that poor plant "pigsface"? That sounds like something my kids would have called each other when they were little. :)

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    1. Susan; it's pigface without the 's' and it has another name that I can't remember. It's a hardy groundcover with lovely pink or yellow flowers; I think I have the pink variety here.
      The garden is going well since most of the plants are sun loving, dry tolerant succulents and the really big ones in front are in their third or fourth summer, so they're well established and providing a bit of shade for the smaller, newer stuff.

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  6. .. the garden is looking great River... so glad some of the things you thought you had lost came good and are making a comeback for you ... xxxxx .. Barb xxx

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    1. Barbara; thank you. I'm over the moon about the white geranium. The original cutting was quite large and I was really disappointed when so much of it died back and I was left with a three inch stem. I hope to eventually have a row of these in pots, they'll glow in the moonlight

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  7. Best for cleaning Angel is stork scissors, the ones for embroidery which have fine long cutting bits. Cut about halfway down through any knots so you don't nick the skin. Then you'll be able to comb easily or he will do it. Then reach for the antiseptic and douse your hands and arms thoroughly after you finish screaming.

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    1. JahTeh; I've been able to completely snip off quite a few while he's relaxed by the computer, but his gorgeous fluffy tail is just a skinny rope of twisted prickly grass heads and he won't let me touch it. So he's off to the vet for a shave tomorrow morning.

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    1. fishducky; almost everything, my patch is useless for vegetables.

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  9. So lovely to see those marigolds, what a lovely colour.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member; I've been saving the seed heads as they dry too, so I can plant them all next spring and have a whole row along the front of the garden bed.

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