Saturday, 11 October 2014

My Yucca baby

I was going to call this post having a baby, but I thought you might get the wrong idea!  I'm not having a baby, but..... my Yucca that just flowered for the first time is.  I am very over excited about it.

Having spent the morning doing some clearing out and cutting back of the flowerbed in the front garden, as I was nearly finished I discovered this little fellow lurking underneath the plants.  It is a little baby Yucca plant.  At first it appeared to be a baby Phormium (New Zealand Flax) which would have been good, but it is even more exciting that it is a Yucca!


It is too small and young to move at the moment, but next summer when it is (I hope) bigger, I will cut it off the parent plant and move it somewhere else.


You can see how beautiful the flowers are on the Yucca, even more have come out since I last showed it to you and it really is looking splendid.



I think that this is the best display of Yucca flowers that I have ever had in fact.


There are still more flowers to come out, I hope they make it!




I didn't take any before pictures, but you could hardly get past here before I cut back.  It has made a massive difference.  Although it seems harsh to cut the Phormiums (one at either end) back like this, if it snows in winter I find they get very mashed down by the weight of the snow and if it rains you get very wet trying to walk past them which isn't fun either!  Cutting them back prevents both of these things happening and next year they will grow lots of new pointy leaves so that the whole cycle can start again.



Hubby did some hedge cutting to the Holly.


He also cut the top out of the Yew.



I gave the Hornbeam hedge a little trim just to neaten it up.  The leaves are really starting to change colour now.




After all that hard work, a cuppa was definitely in order.  You have to have tea after a stint in the garden.



I also wanted to show you this little fellow.  He isn't flowering at the moment, but, this is big news for me!  I have had this little Kalanchoe for nearly a year now.  It is the longest that I have ever kept a houseplant alive.  I cut back the dead flowers, water occasionally with tap water and he just sits on the windowsill the rest of the time.  It is very exciting that he is still with us as I can kill houseplants just by looking at them.


********************

I might not be around so much in the next few weeks and months as I normally am because we have some family stuff going on that needs my time.  I am fine and so is hubby, and we are fine together as well.  You probably won't even notice, but in case I do disappear, please don't worry and please know that I will return and won't be totally gone.  Even if I don't get chance to comment on your posts, I will still be reading them so I will keep up with all that you are up to.

Amy

42 comments:

  1. YAY! Love the plants! And congratulation on the house plant survival! I'm with you--I have a ficus that I've had for 20 years now, but it seems to be a fluke as I kill everything else. Right now I'm torturing 3 peace lilies. People insist on telling me they are impossible to kill, but obviously they just haven't tried hard enough..........:)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm good with plants in my garden, but only limited success indoors too!
    Wishing you well. x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Well congratulations are going your way, lovely Yucca, I most noticed the dew drops on the buds. Yes, tea is always welcome after a little work in the garden. lol, house plants and keeping them alive. I'm not the greatest at keeping house plants alive, but then if I stayed home and didn't take these 3 month road trips I'd not have to replace my plants every year. This time I have a plant sitter

    ReplyDelete
  4. You have been busy in the garden Amy! X

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congratulations on that baby!
    I like your hornbeam too - never heard of that before.
    I kill houseplants too, so I'm impressed with keeping one alive for a year. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi amy, I have a yucca like that, only flowers every few years. see blog for pics
    http://michellemakeandbake.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  7. I hope everything is okay with you. Take your time and do what you need to do. Your yucca is beautiful, I really can't believe they grow as well there as they do where I am.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful hornbeam leaves, and the yew is my favourite. The yucca flowers are incredible, a bit like huge lilies of the valley, but very exotic looking. Well done on making a baby yucca as well, you clearly have green fingers. I hope that things aren't too difficult for you in the next few months, I'm sending you my very best wishes. CJ xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Your garden is looking lovely even though the summer flush has passed. You're on my sidebar so will see if you post, but sometimes family comes first, so I wish you well on that front. Take care.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You really made me laugh with "I can kill a plant just by looking at them" ;-))) !
    Maybe try a sanseveria then ? You can forget to water them for weeks in a row, and they don't get angry with you :-) !
    The flowers of your yucca are really gorgeous now !
    Aren't you afraid your yucca will die after blooming ? Some types of yucca do... I really hope your yucca is not one of those...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yuccas can be very prolific, as are many cactus. We have one that has babies about two feet away in almost any direction. So funny

    ReplyDelete
  12. That yucca is gorgeous, and worthy of many showings on your blog. You two certainly deserve tea after all that garden work, and I do envy you that holly. So perfect for Christmas! Take care Amy, sometimes life does get in the way of our blogging. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  13. Everything in the garden is looking rosy, I hope the baby Yucca survives the winter frosts. Take care of yourself while you are away xx

    ReplyDelete
  14. Good Afternoon Amy, The yucca flower is certainly a beautiful specimen. Do you know, there is nothing like a cup of tea of coffee, after a hard day's work in the garden. I always feel such a sense of achievement when I have finished gardening.
    You have such a lovely holly bush.... I think I will nip around and scoop up a few of the pieces which are laying on the floor.... perfect for Christmas.
    Take care and I will see you when you return.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    ReplyDelete
  15. How lovely that your yucca has provided you with a new plant, I hope it survives the winter. Hope everything is ok, sending my thoughts your way.

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's always a great feeling, getting things clipped and trimmed for the upcoming winter. Your yucca plant was amazing this year! We had them when we lived in Kamloops and they were so pretty when they were in bloom. The ends of the leaves can be nasty though - I jabbed myself on them more than once. I'm sorry to hear you have family issues you are dealing with, and I hope they get sorted out quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Phormiums grow very big and I think they look ok trimmed back like that. Delighted you have a house plant that loves you! I think they need a very bright warm-ish house to thrive, would have thought that your house from the pics was just that, however too warm or cold, too much water, and dramatic temp changes (living on a windowsil) usually kill them off. I hope you little plant rewards you with new flowers next year.
    Hope everything goes ok with your family.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love yuccas and yours is a beauty! Thanks for the heads up about perhaps sporadic blogging, I do worry when people I follow stop blogging.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congrats on the new baby :) I didn't know they flowered how pretty are they!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great news on your new baby (yucca). Hope you manage to sort out your family issues soon, wishing you well.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nice work in the garden - looks nice and tidy. I love the yucca flowers- how beautiful they are! So exciting to have a new baby, too. I will miss you - take care and hope all works out well. Hugs xo Karen

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Amy :) It's great when a well established plant finally rewards you with offshoots! Your yucca is stunning, and you've got some great shots of it. A great sense of accomplishment when all the pruning and trimming is finished. I look forward to a rest with a cup of tea too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and take care during this time. Wendy x

    ReplyDelete
  23. Family stuff, oh boy I hope everything is okay. I will send you some positive thoughts to get through it all intact.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the look of the Yucca but often wonder if these type of plants hold anything for the wildlife?
    Briony

    ReplyDelete
  25. You have been busy Amy and congratulations on the birth of your baby yukka, it's too cold in the winter for them to thrive up here. I usually have a cuppa half way through too, one has to keep one's strength up doesn't one. Hope the next few weeks go well for you and there is nothing too serious going on, take care Amy and look after yourself. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi Amy,

    I know your yucca was supposed to be the star of this pretty post, but I can't stop staring at the Hornbeam hedge for its crinkle cut leaves! I have never seen leaves engraved with this pattern! How interesting and beautiful they are!

    I'll be thinking of you, my friend. Hope all is well and your break be filled with good things.

    xx
    Poppy

    ReplyDelete
  27. You have very green fingers Amy and that yucca must be happy if it's having babies! I hope your family stuff turns out OK, don't forget to take care of yourself (and hubby of course) xxx

    ReplyDelete
  28. Lovely photos Amy. Hope you cope with your family issues and take care. P x

    ReplyDelete
  29. Your fingers must be so green! I didn't even know yuccas could flower never mind flower so amazingly!
    Beautiful!
    Jillxo

    ReplyDelete
  30. Amy, your photos are beautiful. Been talking about pruning in our Sunday School class. This is an example of what a good cutting back can do. Beautiful! You take all the time you need and God bless you as you work through whatever you need to do to find peace.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I loved this post!. All the lovely plants too. I got a giggle out of looking at a houseplant and killing it :D I have one houseplant and it is in my studio because that is the only place enough light comes in the windows without turning freezing cold in the winter. It is a Jade plant that doesn't really grow a lot but at least it hasn't died either!
    Hugs and be well,
    Beth P

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi Amy,

    You have a lovely garden and it was good to see the Yucca flowering - they make a great show don't they.
    Sending my best wishes to you and your family and hope everything will work out well for you.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  33. Take care lovely Amy, love the yucca flowering.Xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  34. The Yucca flowers are really very beautiful. Sometimes mine has flowers and other years it doesn't. I wonder if they are a bit moody! See you when you get back Amy.

    ReplyDelete
  35. The yucca is gorgeous :) Hope all goes well for you over the coming weeks xx

    ReplyDelete
  36. I see fall and autumn in all of it's glory in this post. Have a lovely busy break doing whatever you are doing :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. We had a Yucca and cut it down and it too produced new plants. I am envious of your yucca flowers! Sarah x

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hey Amy,
    The Yucca flowers are beautiful. I have seen some amazing flowers springing forth from various palms and exotic plants that thrive here in Cornwall. And yes, a nice brew is essential after some gardening!
    Leanne xx

    ReplyDelete
  39. This reminds me I must water my bamboo. The only plants I keep in the house b/c of the cats

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit and for leaving a comment, I love hearing what you have to say and I read all of your messages.

All comments are moderated, so it might take a little while for your comment to appear, but it will once I have read it!

Thank you again for visiting!

Amy xx