Sunday Selections # 404

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 always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Let's see how my garden is doing:

surviving a winter and spring of neglect, things are looking pretty good out there

this very dark red pelargonium is doing quite well, the buds open almost black and become more red when fully open. The flowers look very velvety. For a long while I thought it was going to die. It still is very spindly, but well enough now to take cuttings from at the end of summer. I'm glad no one has decided to rip a stem off this one.

the purple one is going gangbusters, even showing up through the stems of the neighbouring jade. A piece did get stolen from this, but the bush is so well established it doesn't matter quite so much.

this small echeveria is looking a little leggy, I suspect it has outgrown its pot and needs something a little larger, but not until the heat of summer is over. Then I'll put it in something wider and taller so the donkey tail you see hanging over the pot has more room to hang.

this black aeonium was a single stem when planted and now has 8 heads after only two years

everything old is new again...this was a tarnished metal with a rusted chain which eventually broke and I found it on the ground. It used to hang on the awning frame where I could see it from my window.

cleaned and painted, with new chain and added beads, it now hangs in the garden area.

the one surviving ranunculus, there is a dead head off to one side, but I didn't notice that one flowering. The freesias have finished, also the bluebells, starflowers and the Ixias which we didn't get to see, because they leaned so far down into the other greenery I barely saw a single flower stem. I have an idea how to fix that next year.

this is the other end of the garden where I have a mix of black and green aeoniums.

More next week 😃









Comments

  1. You have a green (and purple) thumb.

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    1. joeh; if only that green thumb extended to vegetables, ha ha. The real problem here with vegetables is unsuitable soil, tree roots and zillions of ants, along with people who help themselves.

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  2. Loving your garden. And hope that it stays safe from the light-fingered brigade.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I think I scared off one of them this morning. A car was idling near my front lawn and when I walked out the door, the driver reversed out very quickly. I could be wrong, but if it was one of them, at least they know I'm watching.

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  3. Your garden looks so healthy! I like what you've done with the chain, too.

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    1. Val; the chain was done by a neighbour who has many odd bits of jewellery that she takes apart to create new and different things.

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  4. The black aeonium is interesting. There are lots of things happening in your garden.

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    1. Andrew; you might remember a post a few years ago when I first bought all the succulents and they were so tiny. This black one isn't one of those however, this was a stem given to me while out walking one day. I admired them in a garden and the owner gave me several cuttings.

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  5. Looking good...let's hope the phantom plant/flower robber doesn't strike again...or if she/he does, she/he is sprung doing the deed!

    Have a great week, River...cuddles to the lovely, Lady Lola. :)

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    1. Lee; if he or she is sprung, that person will get an earful from me. Taking from a plant only two days in the ground is just not on. It didn't even get time to establish itself. I have moved it now and it seems to be happy in its new spot and far less visible unless you know where and what to look for.
      Lola is being far too cuddly, I keep tripping over her when she isn't hiding behind the curtain. She needs another trip to the vet, still scratching herself raw just under her ears and chin.

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  6. It is a very busy garden all looks healthy and thriving, lots of colour too.
    Merle.......................

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    1. Merle; thank you. Not as interesting as your garden yet, but you have more space and privacy. My little patch is attracting visitors though, there's a Grandma further down the street who brings the little ones to see the plants and ornaments.

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  7. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, I LOVE how your garden grows!!

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    1. fishducky; thank you :)
      I sometimes wish my name was Mary, it's so easy to pronounce and spell. I thought my name was easy enough but people still get it wrong.

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  8. So much beauty there! You really do have a green thumb, and i salute it.

    This week i have some painted rocks.

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    1. messymimi; the trick is to plant everything and watch what survives, then plant more of the same. I love painted rocks, I'll be right over.

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  9. Love all the lovely colors. Still am amazed that anyone would poach another's garden. Maybe a motion detector that sprays water to deters animals. Then just look for the wet guy. Hope you catch the creeps.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; motion detectors etc are out of my budget, I'll settle for glaring at anyone who stops too close. I'm not as upset as I was.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; everyone should plant more flowers. Look around your neighbourhood and see what does well in situations similar to your own yard space.

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  11. Your gardening is coming along nicely..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; thank you. I planted things I knew would survive neglect, I don't need to be out there administering TLC for hours each week.

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  12. That's a lovely garden. I can't believe anyone would be so dishonest as to steal from a garden.
    Around My Kitchen Table

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    1. Around My Kitchen Table; there are no fences here and most of the space is community grounds, although a few people like me have created their own gardens next to their units.

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  13. Oh. You have the magic touch when it comes to a garden, and probably other stuff.

    I once had a pelargonium, but it didn't survive for many reasons. I loved the rose scent from the leaves.

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    1. Susan Kane; perseverance rather than magic I think, I just watch what dies and what survives, then plant more of the survivors.

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