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Gardening from my window

My apologies that I have been so “quiet” on the blog and also in visiting the blogs of all my gardening friends. The last ten days have been no fun. I’ve been holed up inside with a bad flu, spent a couple of days flat on my back in bed and finally feeling better, yesterday I decided it was time to get my hands dirty again. The weather was great, the sun was shining and there was no wind so I set about getting a few new plants positioned, pulled up a lot of weeds, composted all my plants that are in pots, did some pest control (snails, slugs and aphids!) and did a general clean up of the garden.

The roses were pruned (according to all my books the last week in July is cut off time for rose pruning in the Cape), my battle with the mole continued, plants that have not over-wintered well were cut back, other plants that need it were pinched back and when the sun started to disappear, I made a list of everything that I would do today, Sunday. I was full of enthusiasm for getting down to the actual fun part of gardening, that is the laying out of new beds, composting and preparing the soil and then planting of new plants – and I woke up this morning feeling as grotty as I did a few days ago. So unfortunately it’s back to looking out of my windows and wishing I could be outside …

Apart from feeling grotty and very sorry for myself, there is some pretty in the garden. All the Azaleas are in bloom (I’m almost sure last year they flowered much later than this?) and lots of the new bulbs are showing signs of life.

Here is what I am seeing …

[one_half]Azaleas and new LiliumsAzaleas and new Liliums[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I love the foliage on these plantsLovely foliage plants[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Alliums not so greatAlliums not so great[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of Tulips coming upLots of Tulips coming up[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hellebore bud … is it a pink?Hellebore bud ... is it pink?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The first snow-drops open!The first snow-drops open![/one_half_last]

[one_half]More lovely foliageMore pretty foliage[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the ugly – Lots to be done!And the ugly - Lots to be done![/one_half_last]

[one_half]There’s work to be done …Lots of work to be done[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More unfinished business!More unfinished business![/one_half_last]

Now I’m going to bundle up warm and spend some time visiting all the gardening blogs to read the posts I’ve missed this past week.

Then I’ll make another of my endless “To Do” lists – top of the list is ‘hope for good weather next weekend’.

Happy gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

23 replies on “Gardening from my window”

Hi Christine, I bet you are feeling better by now…at least I sure hope so! I love your photo of the little light green grass with the lamium. Is that Acorus, sweet flag? Love the combination. Your photo of the snowdrop is wonderful too…It’s like I’m re-living spring all over again! 🙂

So sorry to hear that you have been sick. It is not fun being sick at anytime and certainly not when you are all hyped up to do some gardening. Get well soon Christine.

I was going to leave a comment about how bad it was to be sick in the summer, and then reading I realized it is not summer for you. So now I will say it is terrible to be sick at any time of the year, and I hope you will be feeling better and out in the garden again soon.

You poor thing! I’m so sorry you have been feeling icky…it’s NO FUN to mentally be out in the garden, but physically you can’t get up off the couch. If it’s any consolation, I think even your “ugly” area looks good! 🙂

Hi Hanni – I agree, no fun at all! But really, that ugly area is ick! But give me a week or two (or three) and I’ll show you a whole new look there 🙂

i am happy to hear that the you’re getting well christine.
no need to rush, you’re garden looks lovely as always. take it easy.

🙂 angel

Thank you Angel!

I love what you did with the rocks in your garden. I think I need to copy that idea – I have just the spot for it and it looks very nice!

Thank you One!! That puppy of yours is just the cutest! That photo with the hibiscus … well I could just come and steal that pup 🙂

My gosh I hope you start feeling better. After being in bed with the flu, you should take it easy getting back to your routine. Gardening can wait.

You’re so right Donna – but the weather has been so great. With my luck as soon as I feel up to it again, it will rain.

PS: Your garden is looking simply stunning – at least I can get my “gardening fix” by visiting your blog 🙂

Your garden was there, ready to welcome you back as soon as you felt strong enough! It is beautiful and cheery. Glad you are on the mend Christine…Hugs from Austin.

Hope you bounce back soon. I’m trying an experimental year with just grooming the roses, and see how they go.

If you would be interested – I still have Google+ invitations.

Hi Diana – thats so strange – before I cut, I thought “what would happen if I just leave them, they look so happy”. They had buds and lots of fresh growth … oh well, I did it. They look so silly now, just 4 twigs on a stick x 3. We shall see what happens. My first time ever pruning roses, lets hope I didn’t hash this too badly 🙂

Thanks, I left a message for you on your blog about the G+ invite. If you still have to spare, that would be great.

catching up … Remember the invite goes not to ‘you’ but to THAT email address. And you must be logged in to THAT address when you RSVP. OK now I’ve read your comment. They are battling with pseudonymity and it is not yet for businesses. So I am ‘Diana Studer’ of Elephant’s Eye. Click the Google+ button on my blog, will take you to my profile.

leave me a fresh, not for publishing comment, with the email address I should use for your invitation.

Oh my friend! So sorry to hear that you still don’t feel well. I know that feeling when you think all is well, use up all your new-found energy and then end up back in bed. Argh! But there is no rush, your garden is looking very “spring-y” and about to burst into colour. Get better soon – rest – (I love that – Gardening from your Window!!) Hugs xx

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