Although I have been hopeless in the housework and gardening departments recently. Hubby has still been busy in the garden though and of course the plants kept growing! Do you want to see what has been happening...
The grapevine seems to have recovered from its untimely bleeding incident a little while ago and is sprouting well. There are even some tiny tiny bunches of grapes forming. I am sooooo pleased as I really thought it was a gonner and it would normally have grown much more than this by the end of May, but it is still here and still going. So that is all good isn't it!
Yesterday hubby did a really big job, assisted and supervised by me of course. It was to split and repot our yucca plant. This is very very special to me. Pieces of this plant have been in my family for decades and I always kept mine in a pot as I didn't want to plant it in the garden and then have to leave it behind somewhere.
Anyway, the plant had sprouted a new baby and the pot was full and bulging at the sides so something needed to be done. After a lot of yanking and tugging and pulling and brute force we managed to get it out of the old pot - the square one you see above - and hubby cut it with a saw - yes, literally a saw!!! - into two. Now I have no idea if this is the right or wrong thing to do and whether or not the pieces will be happy and keep growing, but eventually you reach the kill or cure stage with some things and this plant was at that point.
We thought that we would have to cut the old (plastic) pot off, so we started to look for some new terracotta ones. Boy are big pots expensive though!! So we decided to try and pull it out of the old pot and use that for part of it and hubby discovered another really big pot - also plastic, see in the picture below - that we had buried with some other things waiting to go in the skip so we could also use that.
After all the pulling and cutting and potting, we now have two yucca's, both with a large chunk of root that I hope means they will both survive - and perhaps flower! To give you some idea of the size each pot is over 2 feet in each direction! I am so happy that we now have two plants! Twice as nice.
Hubby has also been busy shovelling all that gravel that I showed you the other day and the new path is now filled in and has the slabs laid in too. With the two pots of yucca to make an entrance it looks great doesn't it. I am so excited.
The slabs are all recycled from the old patio that we took out last year. You can see some on the right of the picture below that lead to the table and chairs so the different areas are all linked now by the same sorts of materials.
Here you can see the dining area.
We treated ourselves to this large concrete ammonite to put into the new path. An ammonite is a fossilised sea snail kind of creature. As I said though, this one is just concrete!
None of my geraniums survived the winter in the little plastic greenhouse that I bought. I think they got too wet and got some sort of mould. Although the greenhouse itself survived very well! So I threw out the plants some time ago and cleaned the pots out and yesterday I went and bought some new ones. So we will see how these fair! I think they look very pretty on the new path.
I have also been cutting back shrubs like mad while we have the skip - it would be silly not to fill it up! You can now see down the garden and all along the flower borders rather than having great big overgrown shrubs blocking the view of the flowers. The shrubs will grow back again, just perhaps not quite so large in future!!
So much is flowering now or just above to. Above is thrift, and below you can see the fat peony buds. This will be the second year this has flowered, I am very excited!!!
A few other things, a volunteer iris. No idea how this got here, but here it is and flowering beautifully. The oriental poppy is also doing its thing wonderfully and putting on a great show with the first two flowers, and lots of buds, so more to come!
This beautiful yellow aquilegia has also bloomed and now have cut back the shrubs you can actually see it!
There are many buds and blooms on the climbing rose. This has missed being pruned this year so far and was all tangled with the shrubs so I will also give this a prune now, and tie it in to the wires on the fence. Better late than never - unless it is a grapevine. We have learned. Never prune that late.
The path from the other direction. Doesn't it look lovely!!! I know that I shouldn't say it, but I am so pleased with the way it turned out. Just how I imagined it would be.
There was a very busy and determined bee visiting the rhododendron when I went to take some photos, he went in and out of every single flower one at a time.
My beautiful pink and white dicentra is still blooming its socks off, and the dogwood next to it has flowered as well, they look wonderful.
Just a few more path shots! It really does look so much better than I ever hoped that it would. Hubby really is a great worker and landscaper. I am very lucky to have him.
Finally the weathervane. This was a gift either last year or the year before - sorry to say I cannot remember which year! It came on a sort of stick thing that you stuck into the ground, but it never really stayed up straight and I kept propping it up. Then hubby - he really is very clever! - came up with the suggestion to stick just the weathervane part into the top of the obelisk. It looks pretty good I think. What do you reckon? It definitely doesn't tip over any more so that makes me very happy!!
Thank you hubby for doing so much and making the garden look so beautiful. You are a great man!!