Category Archives: Gardening

Gerbera Update!


They have been in bloom for weeks now, but holy shit it is hard to take a good photo of them!

Only three have bloomed – one is still thinking about it, and two died. Dammit. I won’t leave them outside ever again!

The youngest, and smallest, of the brood. 

The second one to open. Gorgeous!

This is my favourite. I want so much for you to see how the underside of the petals are a different colour. Can you? It’s impossible, I think, to capture what we see.

Sometimes a picture isn’t enough -these flowers have made me realise that not everything can be expressed or shared to the full extent of reality.

Grow these – buy these – whatever you need to do, but please try to get this flower into your life. Mine are hidden away (from cats) on the windowsill of our toilet! Have to say every time we visit the room, we both talk about the daisies.

Tigridia Post. I Have To, The Photos Are Piling Up.


I think I’ll do all pink ones.

I’m beginning to think that wasps are the main pollinators of my tigridia – unless it is just the wind doing the job?

Did you notice? Most are pink and white, but some are pink and yellow!

I had a hard time deciding if this was red or pink… So much for the stereotype that women know all the colours. I think it’s more red, now – comparing to the other pictures. Oh well! 

 A bit battered.
 Not quite open yet, but I had to go to work. Hence the very abused steel-toe Caterpillar Boots in frame.


Gerbera Daisies


They are still just baby buds at the moment, the size of my thumbnail, but I’m so excited to have them coming up!


Will it be yellow? Will it be white? 

Will it be red or pink or purple? So exciting! Okay I’m easily pleased when it comes to plants.

I’ve always wanted these. So glad I finally found some seed for sale as already-growing plants are quite pricey. I have six – and who knows what colours they will be?! Stay tuned!

Plants That Are Not Tigridia


They are feeling left out. 

Remember the new lilies I planted back in April? It was a bit late, I know, but they are finally up.

The first ones to awaken are very small.

From the Aldi ‘Roselily Mix’ – and so far only the pink and white ones of the mix have come out to say hello.

And just the two. Oh well. 

These are some of the Aldi ‘Pixels Mix’ I’ve bought in the past – but this is a very unexpected colour! It wasn’t on the package at all. The above is them as youngin’s…

…and this is them, a little more awake. The blooms last a good long time, too, yay! Very good autumn colours, I think.

Not so sure they go well with the big pink and cream ones up above?

But aren’t they fantastic? Hubby and I are both in love with this one, another Aldi prize, ‘Lollipop.’

The packaging said they were meant to be short, only 14-16cm (5.5 – 6.3in tall) – ha! One is that short. The other is a good 2.5 feet or 76cm tall! As big as the Pixels are meant to get – you can see that the short one is taller than the tall one, in the first photos. Go figure. I expect I have mutants.

The nasturtium (from seed last year, but I collected the seeds for this batch) has been moved to along the wall (about a metre high) and it seems to love growing up into the ivy. 

The not-sweet pea lives right behind where I’ve planted the nasturtium, and comes back every year. It is MASSIVE. Not-sweet because it has no scent, bummer eh? This is from seeds I collected in Akron, Ohio, in a year that didn’t start with a 2. Considering I moved here in 2005, it is amazing it was still viable.

 Gorgeous – whatever it is. I’ve forgotten. It scents (or stinks) up my front doorstep marvellously. It is not a Stargazer lily but close.

Roses are still going strong. I thought this was an odd-looking cluster. Will be interesting when all the buds open! Ignore the damned black-spot: I can’t get rid of it.

 And the California poppies are still going like gangbusters, too. 

Tigridia AGAIN


I have soooo many pictures now. It’s crazy. Scores of them, each of a bloom that lasted just 8 hours or so. There are literally too many to post.

What should I do? I could do an all-pink post, or all-yellow, or all-red; or the funky striped hybrid I seem to have created accidentally. I can’t pick the ‘best of’ as every one is perfect and amazing.

Okay. I have two “cheating” pictures, where there is more than one flower in the shot. I’ll start with those.


A rare, dry morning!

 Ooo, one with my hand in frame, to give you an idea of size. I don’t have small hands, either!   

 Spot the wasp?

My favourite picture so far of several together. Had it as my FB cover photo until about an hour ago.

Oh, and did I say I had two ‘cheating’ pictures? Turns out it was 13. Whoopsie!

Hope you liked them – and I am willing to post seed to you, if you want to give them a try. First year they won’t bloom, but the next? You get this madness!


I’m Way Behind, But So Are My Flowers


I just can’t seem to post as much as I’d like to. After taking the first week of August off work, I also let my blog-reading slide. Sorry! I’m all caught up now with that, but I have so damn many pictures I wanted to share. I guess I’ll get to it!

New lilies! 

The colour looks really weird here, but it hasn’t been putzed around with, I promise.

Not looking fab – the rain took out most of the petals the first day these opened. Bah.

That’s a bit better! All of the above are ALDI “pixels mix” bought this year as bare bulbs, so I will forgive them for looking scraggly. I like the top one best. You can tell that this yellow one is way taller than the orange one, too.

 I have roses like crazy. I’m glad – the white ones smell fantastic and scent the entire back garden on still days.

The new rudbeckia (black eyed Susan) ‘chocolate orange’ from seed this year. Not as advertised – but clearly I have it in a too-small pot as you can’t even see the pot in this picture. Replanted today. Poor thing.   

I can’t remember what this is! Grown from seed last year, and again this year – and it also self-seeded in random places. Help?

The crocrosmia dug out of wasteland a few years back – looking great!

Hosta flowers – the white, closed

 The white, open

The purple, from the non-variegated leaf hosta. My neighbour told me she didn’t grow Hostas because they don’t bloom… Again I must have the magic touch.

I wish they didn’t look so bad when they wilt, though. Quite ugly, like rotting used tissues.

Couldn’t end without some tigridia. This is a side view – don’t think I’ve taken this angle before.


I’ve caught up to August 15 now! Woot.

They’re Baaaacck!


My first tigridia of 2015! Just the one so far.

Interesting to see that the first bloomer is one of my grown-from seed last year. They didn’t bloom last year, they were too young still. These are in pretty terrible recycled buckets and out the back of the house, where the sun probably lasts a bit longer. All my older plants are in proper ceramic pots and out front – and the house faces mostly west. Hmm.

I went back in time (did you hear the “woosh?”) and found that last year, my first post about tigridia was on July 26, 2013 – and last year I started bombarding you with pics on July 17! Very much proves how our wet and dark and windy ‘summer’ has delayed plant growth.

Well, they are here finally. And I’ll enjoy every bloom for the single day I get to see it!

Gadzooks! Gazania!


I have a new flower-favourite (until my tigridia start to bloom)! 

Please meet my very first Gazania – Gazania rigens. The sub-species I have is unknown as the seed packet we bought didn’t bother to specify. Lazy sods.

They are also known as the Treasure Flower, or African Daisy. I definitely consider them a treasure.

I started these from seed way back in April, and this is the first one to open. There are nine other blooms waiting to show their lovely faces, if the sun will just come out to play.

first gazania Ireland from seed

 Himself took this on 25 July, the first day it opened. (Fancy pants camera)

The same bloom has been shut tight ever since, which has annoyed me to no end. Not only because it is evidence the weather has been shite, but because I really wanted to see it again before the bloom withered.

(iPhone pic) Today, there was enough warmth for the new wan to have another look at the sky. I’m in love! These flowers are  brushstroke of glowing paint in my soggy, windy world. I hope the rest of the buds have a chance to see the sky, too. 

Colourful but Cool


I finally have some lilies, and roses, and a few other blooms to share. This summer… Ugh. Comparing to this time last year, everything is blooming two weeks later. It’s been a pretty poor summer. Good thing I didn’t even try to grow any veggies. I had a feeling this year was going to be shite for veg, and I was right.

Another clematis, slightly different in colour. It’s only the second year in the ground for this one, so it hasn’t gone crazy like the other one. That icky looking brown thing on the right is me using old knee-highs to tie it to the tree. I recycle everything I can!

Love the California poppies. Also in shot: the damned Duggar violas, irises, some of the new pink lilies, part of an astilbe I dug out of a friend’s back-garden-wasteland, and an ash tree that moved in a few years back.

‘Pixel’ lilies! Quite fond of these. They are very short compared to the next ones.

Forget what genus these lilies are, so I just call them my black lilies. Clearly they aren’t black, but they are lilies. This is the first one to open this year, now I have several out front and back. I’d guess they grow about a metre or yard tall – hard to say as again, they are in a pot.

Wonderful white rose. Smells sooooo good.

Orange lilies going bonkers as usual! Also lavender, columbine, sweet william…

Galliardia survived the winter. Still waiting on the rudbeckia to bloom.

More roses! iPhone really proved itself with this pic. 

Sweet william, by my raspberries.

Key for size reference – raspberry season has arrived! They never make it far from the bush to my mouth. I do try to share with hubby. Sometimes.

Yes, I know my countertop is hideous.

Ending with my favourite rose, a lovely lavender colour. Bloom is too heavy for the stem, poor thing. I’ve been struggling with this wee bush for years, it is isn’t happy where it is, I guess. At least the black spot that is taking down my massive white rose hasn’t hit it, despite them being less than two metres apart. Two more blooms on this one yet to open, and I’m excited – that is two more than last year!