These wet and rainy winter days are enjoyed by some and not by others. I, on the one hand, like the cool and the wet because our summers are intense and the hard clay ground is unworkable. The winter ground is soft and yielding and I can now spend time digging beds and preparing them for the new season, plan the design of new paths, and any new constructions can be actioned! I have been hoping the walls can go up this winter so I can expand the back garden. Let’s see if my helpful hubby is in the mood to get his hands dirty! :-)

But, in the mean time, I will continue with the re-planting and the ‘soft’ designing. The photos I have taken this weekend will give you an idea of what happens in my garden in July!

The re-potting of old and tired plants. The Rooibos Mulch is a HIT!! Christine – we must definitely get our next order in for spring! (My hubby took this photo of course!)

Preparing potato seeds for planting in August

Tea tree cuttings – hope they take!

My work table with new cuttings

Sweet potatoes prepared for sprouting

Most of the cuttings are experimental. I have never done this before, but on doing my research it seems quite a straight forward process. Take cuttings and trim the bottom 2/3 of leaves. Dip the stem into a growth preparation (you can buy these hormonal powders at any nursery) and stick them into prepared potting soil and water well. I have rose, apple tree, rosemary, and tea tree and I am trying the Powiss Castle Artemesia again – maybe it will work! The sweet potato, I found, is done this way. Cut the sweet potato and make sure the base is always in a bed of water, suspended by toothpicks. It should sprout. All new to me!

Weed or flower in my meadow?

Rainy day in my meadow

This describes my garden in July

Green and wet – I take pleasure in these days

Something about a wet garden gives me hope for new things to come. There is a calmness and peace that goes with it – an untroubled earth. She seems happy and content. I can feel this and I guess this is why I love the rain. It washes us clean!

 

Artemesia loves the wet weather

The Fig Tree never seems to sleep!

Its wet but a ray of sun shines through

These crates wait for something new

On the other hand, I look forward to sun, sun & more sun! My garden and I will be patient and wait for spring. In the meanwhile, let me think what I can put in those crates……..

Happy Gardening xxxx