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APRICOT TREE – SHOULD IT STAY OR GO?

Its been a while since I’ve been here, just been recharging my batteries

Decided today my garden needed some attention.

Last week I dug up (blood sweat and tears) two big cacti plants.  This has opened up the left hand border and given the dogs somewhere to pee without being speared!

BEFORE

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NOW

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The new wall which had sparse cover from climbers has now filled out so  much it needed a good cut today

BEFORE

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NOW

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I decided my right hand border needed some colour as the foster pups (now thankfully rehomed)  had eaten all my flowers.  Bought some marigolds (my dad’s favourite) some geraniums and a couple of plants that had flowers like busy lizzies but not the same leaves.

 

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So, apricot tree – should it stay or should it go?  Please let me know what you think.

 

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KNITTED PLANTS

On April 23th I took this photo after attempting to persuade some of my climbers to ‘knit’ themselves around each other to fill in the gaps on my newish wall.

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And here it is today some 6 weeks later!

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Still some way to go, but very pleased with progress.  Even got some pink flowers!  The rest of my garden plans have been rather postponed by the arrival of four orphaned pups (my friend has the other four) nearly 8 weeks old now so hopefully will be off my hands next week if we can find good homes!

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KNITTED PLANTS

On April 23th I took this photo after attempting to persuade some of my climbers to ‘knit’ themselves around each other to fill in the gaps on my newish wall.

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And here it is today some 6 weeks later!

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Still some way to go, but very pleased with progress.  Even got some pink flowers!  The rest of my garden plans have been rather postponed by the arrival of four orphaned pups (my friend has the other four) nearly 8 weeks old now so hopefully will be off my hands next week if we can find good homes!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

KNITTED PLANTS

On April 23th I took this photo after attempting to persuade some of my climbers to ‘knit’ themselves around each other to fill in the gaps on my newish wall.

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And here it is today some 6 weeks later!

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Still some way to go, but very pleased with progress.  Even got some pink flowers!  The rest of my garden plans have been rather postponed by the arrival of four orphaned pups (my friend has the other four) nearly 8 weeks old now so hopefully will be off my hands next week if we can find good homes!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

This week is all about planning … I’m away next week, so I don’t want to start planting new things until afterwards but the fingers are twitching to get on!

I’ve only a small garden and two dogs to accommodate and one of my borders have plants that are just too darn big now.  So the first job will be to dig up the two huge cactus plants either side of the calla lilies.  All three of these plants were given to me as tiny ones from our local Hobo and as you will see they have thrived!  But now the dogs can’t pee and poo without danger of serious ‘piercings’ and its time to open up that side of the garden.  Firstly I will offer them to friends (any takers?) or one of the local caretakers has formed a communal planting area around his security hut, so I’m sure they will find a new home. 

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I already have some tiny replacement plants (from the same source bless him) which are currently in the other side of the garden border, but need moving as I want plants that flower on that side of the garden and need to water it everyday, which will kill the cactus ones. 

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Unfortunately dog number two has a taste for digging so I need a barracade and I thought pots would be a pretty way to achieve it.  So a trip to the local garden shop will be on the cards when I return for hopefully marigolds, daisies and geramiums.  I say hopefully because, as with any shopping here, its often a compromise between what you want, and whats available.  Its probably the thing I find most difficult about living in Morocco, not having a choice of shops!

The creeper wall is filling out nicely and I hope will be covered by the time I get home too.

So there is my plan.

Watch this space…..

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW – PRESENTS

When I was planning on moving to Morocco my fav niece asked me what sort of garden I wanted. I had no idea except I wanted a lemon tree. When I arrived late on the ‘first night of the rest of my life’ after I’d quit my job, sold my home, and given most of the contents away, the flight had been delayed four hours, there was a last minute panic about whether the cats were going to get put on the plane because of a cock up, and then the relief standing in passport control close to midnight watching them going around and around in the distance on the luggage carousel – there in my garden was a young lemon tree. My niece had sent over the money to a friend, who had bought and had it planted.

Here it is now, eight years later, a super healthy looking tree. Its only ever had one lemon, but hey, who cares! In the background you’ll also see the first blooms of a lovely pink climbing rose, which she also bought for me to remind me of home.

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And now to my latest present, a gift this morning from my lovely French neighbours. A lily of the valley stem and root which was gift wrapped, a present for Labour Day, which I guess must be celebrated more in France than the UK. I hiked out an old overgrown plant, and popped it in a pot straight away.

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I have several other plants that were ‘gifts’ in my garden, from the local hobo, who I guess watches people planting out a new garden, and thinks they won’t miss the odd tiny plant, and brings it to me as a present……but thats a story for another week!

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KNITTING WITH PLANTS

My project at the moment is to cover a rather ugly tall wall with climbers.  I have a passion flower

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which I grew from seed bought when I last visited my best friend in Florida.

I have bouganvillia

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And the ‘fleur rose’ (see last week’s entry) now identified as Podranea or Pink Trumpet Vine.

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I also have a jasmine in there somewhere.

But there are a lot of bald pieces of wall, so I have been out there tottering on a ladder pulling, twirling, knotting string and generally knitting bits of plant around each other to try and persuade them into the gaps. 

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Hopefully by next month, the string won’t show and I’ll be able to post a picture of a pretty wall!

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