Monday, 5 March 2018

Flooding Rains

Out west, it's been raining so much, it's flooding all the previously dusty towns; and this means all that water will be coming towards the coast and filling our dams.

This is a good thing - and can be a bad thing as well. It's a good thing because it'll make our red centre turn green. It's a bad thing because there'll be a flood.

I have noticed, though, that our storm season has been late and so the garden has flowered late as well. My Moch Orange shrubs didn't go through their first bloom until late February and my pink-flowering Frangipani didn't put out any flowers this year. But I kind of expected the latter because I backfilled the pot last year.

The Lilly-Pillys have turned that lovely pink they normally do every Summer when they have new growth; just before their leaves turn that gorgeous light green then their lovely dark green and then, they put out their fruit of bright pink berries.

My lawn has grown so much since the rains have returned that it feels as though I'm constantly mowing it and pulling out weeds from every corner. But that's a good thing that the lawn is green, and the plants are growing so much! So, how is your place going? Until my next post, happy gardening.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Not A Typical Summer

Just when I think it's going to pour rain, and the garden's going to get a good soaking, the clouds dry up and take off to another part of the country and flood there instead.

Yep, it's been a weird old time for us here in Queensland; and this is one reason why I haven't really been on here to tell you guys much.

Not much has been happening in the garden.

Some of the Frangipannis are growing nicely that I planted into pots - and they'll need new pots come Winter. 

My Ficus needs a new pot - already - and that'll come this Winter too; as the plant hasn't grown as much as I had hoped.

And then, I'll be upgrading another Large Leaf Jade into another pot - or backfilling it soon as well. This means I'll have to save a bit of money for this until Winter. 

Otherwise, the lawn isn't growing as well as it did last year, and the only good thing is that I don't have any bindis... at least that's a good thing about that. Well, until my next post, happy gardening. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Dry! Dry! Dry!

After the termites were treated, we got rain... yeah that'd be bloody right! So, Dad came back and treated them all again, and they were dead and gone!

However, my back neighbours put down astro-turf and have caused those termites to come to my place. What nice neighbours I have, right?

Well, I've been off to Brunswick Heads, hoping that my nice lawn which I've nurtured back to health was going to get a watering by Mother Nature... but when I returned, I found it was almost a desert!

So, I jumped right in and soaked it for 2 days straight in the late afternoon, pulled out a huge amount of weeds and threw away any dead plants... what a bloody disaster!

But it's looking so much better now... and I'm seeing where some plants need to be repotted and others don't.

My sun-loving Bromeliad - the Mother - is in full bloom; and will take a while to show her full colours properly. The Cardboard Plant is throwing out new fronds and there's an icky Globe Spider high up in the Moch Orange shrub - which I have yet to trim. I have tried to hose him out, much to the disdain of my back neighbours, but he hung on tightly to his web and bits of the shrub!

Otherwise, my garden is recovering nicely as I pull it back together after only 3 days being home.

Yep, this Summer is going to be a right scorcher and we have to make sure it doesn't destroy our gardens. Until my next post, keep gardening.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Damned Termites!

It's been a while since my last post and so I thought to update you all about what's been going on.

We had the pest control people out looking around the complex - they were checking for termites around everyone's houses. 

You see, years ago, one of the chair-people got a couple of termite infested trees chopped and chipped and - instead of getting them to haul it off to the dump and burned - they dumped it next to my place! Well, she told everyone here to use it in their gardens as free chip and the whole place would look great!

I didn't use it knowing it would destroy my house.

A few of the townhouses had to be fixed up and worked on because they fell for that trick. And the landlords were put out pocket for a lot of money. My Dad was so peeved about it because not only did the termites in those piles of chip destroy some of the townhouses around here, but they also destroyed the already dilapidated boundary fence faster than it would have fallen apart on its own.

So, we had to have termite inspections a few years ahead of time - because the protection on these places lasted around 25 years - due to this person's stupid decision.

Okay, back to what I was saying:

The guys came into my place. They looked around, tapped everything, went into the ceiling and walked around the backyard... but they found termites coming from my back fence.

This means it's not my fault; but my neighbour's fault. They had put down astroturf and forced the damned things into my direction! 

Today, Dad came over and treated the whole place for termites. I have a passionate hatred for those little wriggly white buggers... they eat everything, get through your house and destroy your garden! And if your neighbours are big enough idiots, they do something really stupid like put down fake grass and push them into your direction. 

I really can't wait to move into a place of my own where I can look after my own place... I'm not that close to another person's property and I can have a nice garden, lovely lawn and know where everything is. Yes, it'll be more work, but I like it that way. Until my next post, happy gardening.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Spring Is Finally Here


Spring has sprung and that means hot hot days and still-cooler nights. But it also means that our gardens are going to burst into flower pretty soon, and I'm looking for the rain to help out with all of this - but it's nowhere to be found!

So, I've had to get out the lawn food, the garden hose and bird seed and help the lawn - which is going really well. It's becoming so well-established as well, seeing the sun is moving around to the other side of the house in the afternoons now.

My Frangipani has pushed out its first leaves and the Agapanthus is looking so lush and green. It's going to have nine flowers this year - and it's in 3 pots now -and so I'm looking forward to seeing them all show off their lovely, bopping purple heads in the sun this year.

But, there's still some things I have to get in and pot up. I have some pots I bought at a local thrift store I'd like to get in and use along the side fence. I also want to seriously save up some dosh and get a screen put up along that side fence for not only privacy, but also to keep the cats out and the people out too. It'll look good too.

And seeing the lawn is going well, I'm hoping to get the compost working again - but not until I move into another place; which might not be until next year. Yeah, I like to make those long-distant plans at this time of year. Well, until my next post, happy gardening.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Lawn Success - Finally

At the beginning of the month, I used a small box of lawn seed to reseed the back lawn of my place. But it didn't work out.

So, this last pay or so, I bought a bigger box and some lawn food and put it down liberally... watered in all in and watered in all every day - soaking it until it was all drenched. As the sun drew around with the coming of Spring, the grass grew; but the lawn food did burn a few spots in the yard.

I bought bird seed - just cheap old Trill. Now, before you laugh at me, and think I've fallen off my perch,  I've done this before with old Finch seed when my budgie died. I had about 3 bags of the stuff left over and didn't know what to do with it. No pet store would take it off my hands; and I didn't know anyone with a budgie or finches. And a checkout chick at Coles suggested I spread it out on the lawn; that it was trick her Dad did when he needed to lush up the lawn a bit.

I did it, and it worked out really well! So, this year, I've done it again!

Not only do I have to make sure the birds keep away from the seed, but I made sure it was watered in properly so they didn't eat it (birds hate wet bird seed)... then we had a couple of storms and some rain, and the lawn grew like you wouldn't believe! 

I mowed it with the push reel mower as it looked liked a waving sea of green at a monster length of 10cm! Okay, not all of it was cut, but most of it was. I gently raked the cut bits over the seed, and left it for the afternoon. It does look wonderful! I'm so glad it's going to be gorgeous lush and green again for Summer. Well, happy gardening! 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Reseeding the Lawn

I've been busily saving up money for a variety of things of late. But mainly, the lawn hasn't come back from what the Logan City Council guy did to it over Winter - when it's at its most fragile; and the sun doesn't get to it.

So, over the past two fortnights I've been buying lawn seed and lawn food to get it working and back to its lush best for Summer - and so I don't get bindis again too. 

This week, I bought a larger box of lawn seed and some lawn food as well, raked it over and spread the seed as much as I could, then put the food over the top and then watered it in as well. Now, to wait and see how it all goes. I'll have to water it on a regular basis and make sure it works out well. Once it's over 5 - 6cm long, I'll mow it and then keep on watering it again, throw more food on it and keep at it to make sure no weeds grow where lawn was before.

Otherwise, the weather has been weirdly August here. The nights are freezing cold and the days are beginning to feel like Summer - so my plants are pushing out flowers when they're supposed to be still hibernating. I'm also seeing Blue Tongue Lizards around during the day - and even accidentally kicked one the other night. Don't worry, he's okay. I picked him up and checked him over before letting him into the safety of my back yard. Poor little guy! But he wasn't too impressed by my actions, I can tell you!

Anyway, I best be going. There's not much more to tell about the gardening, as the lawn hasn't come in fully. I only reseeded it yesterday, but it's looking good. I might yet throw some bird seed on the bare patches to make it look better over Summer - as that's what I did with my late-bird's seed when she died. Until my next post, happy gardening! 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Been A While

I know it's been a little while. But there's a reason for this. 

The Logan City Council has been in my yard, pulling up the sewage lid and sending cameras down there to check out the way it all runs underground.

Gross, right?

Yep, I thought so too.

Anyway, the chemicals on the camera to kill the germs in the sewer have killed off most of my lawn - so I'm up for lawn seed just before Spring (it won't work in Winter as I don't get any sun in my yard over that season). And I'm now pulling out bindis by the handful - right on schedule - as they're growing green and in huge clusters around the lawn; but not near the clothesline.

More recently, I've been potting up plants that need it badly. And since we've been getting overnight showers once in a while here in Brisbane, they've been settling in really well. 

I bought that $16 pot and planted up that lovely Large Leaf Jade in it and it's taken quite well to it. I'm looking at the sun-loving Brom and have found its pup really needs a pot around the same size; so I'll be needing to get my butt back to Bunnings to score myself another pot around the same size, with more stones for drainage, and yep, more potting mix. this will take time and seeing I only deal in cash, I'm not in any big hurry to get it done.

I'm also hoping to work more on the Frangipani cuttings as they don't have enough potting mix to make them really sprout... so, they have to have more potting mix put into their pots; which I'll be doing this arvo.  And while I'm there, I'll pot up the other Small Leaf Jades into the pots I scored from the Logan City Council, so they're ready by Summer to sell or give away, or to place into bigger pots for the garden and make into money plants. 

My planning for the garden has been put back a month; and I hate that. But seeing it's so chilly lately, I'm glad to say that I'm able to work on the yard more. Until my next post, happy gardening. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

My First Bunnings Run For Winter

Today, I was out and about at Bunnings to get a large pot, a bag of stones and 3 bags of potting mix for my first project for Winter.

I'm repotting a pup from the main Large Leaf Jade that I've had growing in my yard for the past 15 years. I'm proud to say the smaller one I'm putting into its own 'Forever Pot' is going to look great! I can't wait for it to get its growth on, but this also means I'll have to move a few of the pots around to give the pot room along the fenceline. 

Anyway, the really big pot was only $16 and I'm thinking of going back to Bunnings and getting another one for the main Large Leaf Jade, as it looks straggly and the last time I backfilled it, it didn't seem to be all that happy after a few weeks. So, I do think it does need another, bigger, pot to really stretch its legs in. 

I'm potting up these two Jades so I have two big Jades to plant out at my next place I call home... then I have two large pots to use as herb pots around my garden. It's not a bad plan really, is it? 

Yep, everything I'm doing now is a precursor to the next few years of my life. The bigger pots will be used for little flowers or roses, or around the corners of my yard for individual, smaller plants - like smaller lime or lemon trees I can use around the place - and then, the next yard can be a mixture of planted and potted plants; simply because my next place of residence will be my forever home. I won't be moving from there. 

I only hope the next people who live in my place see the potential of the back yard like I did, and use it the same - or similar ways. Okay, the pots for the larger plants are getting bigger, but there are smaller plants which will be used later on in a few years. I'm only hoping I can put them in hanging baskets - but that's just something I have a vision of in my imagination. 

Or am I looking too far ahead with this? 

Oh well, we can all dream about the perfect garden, right? And this is why I love gardening... to get it right - eventually - no matter how long it takes me. So, how is your garden going? Have you had anything great happen?  

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Logan City Council Sewage Drain Fun

My lawn has been turned into mud over the past mud... and I can't do anything about it.

The Logan City Council has sent guys here to pull up the round sewage lid and send a camera down there to look around, assess it, and then reline the whole thing - if needs be. It takes hours out of the day each time; well, the last time didn't, but that was just a check-up.

So, I've had to move my repotting month to next month because of this unscheduled invasion to my yard.

I don't mind - mainly because I'm a little short on cash right now. Also, I've had to replace the hose connections because somebody I let use the tap connection once a month ago broke them. So, I've had to wait this long until I had the money to get the right brand and spend a good amount of money on them.

Anyway, this weekend, I'm going to get in and repot a few of the plants around the garden. I have to buy some potting mix, and a couple of bigger pots to make it all work out. I was hoping to make this year a more productive year in the garden, but I guess beggars can't be choosers. Until my next post, happy gardening.