Here are the top 5 highlights from my garden this past week!
- Last weekend my family and I went to the Christmas tree farm and picked out our tree. Out of curiosity, I have been wondering if I can propagate this particular pine from a cutting. I took 20 cuttings in the hope they all develop roots throughout summer. It has only been 8 days and all the cuttings are still looking very healthy and have no signs of browning off. Over the next 5 weeks we will be able to see if they are going to be successful. Fingers crossed!
2. Last year we planted some Lilium bulbs and it has been great watching them flourish over the last few weeks. There are dozens of flowers in full bloom and many more buds still left to open. Their long stems make them ideal for floral arrangements and for cut flowers. It is going to be nice to be able to walk outside into the garden on Christmas day and pick some home grown flowers.
3. These Dichondra Silver Falls are the same specimens I saw at Ball Plant Trails two weeks ago. If you don’t know what the Ball Plant Trails is, it is an event held for plant wholesalers and nursery retailers to see up coming plants and new releases for next year. I was excited to get my hands on these two fabulous hanging baskets. I can not wait to get them planted up into a bigger wire baskets and have them hanging properly (and not off the roof gutters).
4. Scabiosa Midnight has these beautiful dark burgundy flowers that are great for attracting bees into the garden. They are compact shrubs growing to a height of 60cm and 50cm wide and will continue to flower from spring right through to early autumn.
5. Added to my collection of unusual and wonderful plants is this Arisaema tortuosum also referred to as the Whipcord Cobra Lily. It is said that the plant itself can grow to a meter tall and the flowers can reach a total length of 30cm. I look forward to finding out if mine will grow to the same height.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs