|First four pictures, the yard now, October 2014|
|This last picture May 2014|
As with all gardens there have been successes and failures and a few just simple disappointments. My original plant of Grevillea 'Red Hook's split in a spring wind and then Jim gave me one from his garden which has also failed. Pity I'd have liked to see that grow. The other total failure was Alyogyne huegelii - a pale blue mallow from Australia. This was doing fine, flowered like crazy through spring and most of the summer and then suddenly died. No idea why, although I have to say I have not seen others thriving in this area. The greatest disappointment is our plant of Strelitzia regina, bird of paradise, which at $48 was the most expensive plant we bought last spring. It is growing (barely) in a large clay pot but the foliage is badly scorched and flower spikes withered. I think the location may be too exposed to both full sun and wind, so I shall move it nearer the house.
|Alyogyne - lost but not forgotten|
|Newly bought Strelitzia last spring|
|Strelitzia now - with the worst of the dead foliage removed|
Otherwise plants have grown well. My three plants of purple fountain grass that came out of small pots in the spring are now a huge waving clump of purple foliage topped with pink flower spikes. The bougainvilleas that I brought from our last home have finally recovered from the touch of frost that burnt them last winter but are slow to flower.
|Breakfast later in the year!|
|You can hardly see the lemon amidst the spreading lantana to the left of the picture|
My pots of Calycanthus, Madagascar periwinkle survived the summer heat well and have seeded in the surrounding borders. This is a common bedding plant here looking very much like Busy Lizzies with a similar colour range but very heat tolerant. The UK summer is too cool for it outdoors. They are straggly now, so I will replace them with some winter colour - maybe petunias - always seems odd planting these things in the autumn.
|Is it a weed or a calycanthus?|
Finally, the big Agave that came from our old house got rather battered in the move but has now produced lots of new leaves, so Philip has tidied it up leaving a very presentable shapely plant - and yes it was Philip who found the pruners and did the work! Maybe I'll make a gardener of him yet!