Trees

Oct 22 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, Uncategorized, | 4 comments

Tea Tree Wonder

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I have been surprised this week with a flushing Tea Tree – in full bloom!! This is the first time !! I have had a few bottle brush flowers but this is spectacular!! I think this tree is about 4-5 years old! This year it has grown to quite a size, and we hold the secret to great growth with all our trees (mostly fruit trees) in our back garden!! The flowers [...]

Jan 26 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, Uncategorized, | 7 comments

Bountiful fruit

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Wow!! I have joy in my heart! We are enjoying the bountiful harvest of fruit from our garden!! One day we will have apples as well!! Quinces galore and a fig tree that needs a scarecrow!! His name is el-sha-fig! Happy Gardening xxx  

Mar 03 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 4 comments

Front garden activity

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This has been such a busy weekend in the garden for me – no longer could I stand the disheveled look and the hanging, overgrown bushes. I had the energy and the will-power to get it right! With my boots and gloves on, I got out the lawn mower,  edge trimer, wheelbarrow, sheers and spade! The neighbour was thunderstruck! She could not believe that I did it all single-handedly! I even had [...]

May 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees, | 6 comments

Leopard Tree in May

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I have to highlight this special tree – my Leopard Tree (caesalpinnea ferrea). I have to stand in awe sometimes when I walk out on my front deck and see the Leopard Tree going through it’s next seasonal change. (previous post on the leaves here) It literally changes from week to week. The bark is now maturing and the beautiful colours are coming through. This is the reason it is called a [...]

Mar 25 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 13 comments

I hugged a tree and I liked it

I hugged a tree

Some tree hugger in Austin, Texas told me to do it! But unlike Cat who has photographic evidence, there was nobody around to catch me in the act so I can’t prove it. But I hugged my tree today. And it didn’t feel weird. Really it didn’t. Try it! And I found a really welcome little surprise. The Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which I have growing at the base of the huge [...]

Mar 20 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 4 comments

Leopard Tree in bloom

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It is such a wonder to watch my Leopard Tree develop. It has so many different “seasons” and this can happen all in a week!! Last week I stood on my front porch and could see the lime green leaves – so delicate and they were all open. I spotted something yellow on top and sure enough – there were flowers!! Very strange time to flower, but, hey! I’m not complaining! I [...]

Feb 20 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 7 comments

The Second of my Twelve

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Diana asks this month to choose a tree with your heart. That one tree you will always plant, always want to have in your garden. If you have a new garden you will look for a place to plant it. That’s how much you love that tree! Well here’s my problem. In my “Garden of Twelve”, I already have a tree – an existing Betula pendula, Silver Birch. And it is a [...]

Feb 18 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 16 comments

Death of a tree

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It was a sad day today to see my splendid conifer tree fall. After the post I did on the heat of summer, it was inevitable that the big conifer on the corner of our plot was not going to survive the summer. I know that this majestic tree is a common site in the northern hemisphere. I have a feeling that the heat here in Philly is too intense. I was [...]

Dec 23 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, Trees, | 11 comments

Merry Christmas!

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I want to wish ALL our gardening blogger friends a very Merry Christmas!! May you share the love with your family and friends and that your holidays are festive and full of love and laughter! Love Barbie

Dec 01 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 8 comments

Leaves of a Leopard Tree

Leopard Tree update

I have been consistently delighted with my two Leopard Trees I planted back in April of this year! They have shown me so many different sides and moods, from variations of colour to leaf shapes when open and when closed. Did you know that the leaves actually close when the sun goes down? I have also noticed that they close when it is very windy! I guess this is how they conserve [...]