|The front garden|
|The front again|
|Tetrapanax 'Rex' and Leycesteria 'Magic lanterns'|
|Impatiens omeiana - surprised this survived|
|Gymnocladus dioica 'Variegata'|
|Cercis 'Hearts of Gold'|
To my relief the front door key - unused for two years, worked! Quick look round - house clean and tidy - thanks to Mike, my wonderful tenant! Next stop - must see the back garden - oh WOW! The back is an amazing jungle of foliage.
|From the patio doors|
The Cercis 'Forest Pansy' is huge and overshadows the kitchen window but rather lovely. Arundo donax must be 10ft + towering over everything. Somewhere I have a tiny bubbling fountain that erupts from a bed of cobbles but that is all lost beneath a soft purple leaved Cotinus - I believe the cultivar is 'Grace'. A plant of Acanthus 'Hollard's Gold' is producing lovely lush foliage but its not very gold! And the 'Fire Island' hostas have been eaten by slugs! Next to the patio doors, an Abutilon megapotanicum has almost covered the fence and is in full bloom but the Clianthus has died. Never mind - it had a short flowering season! A small Schefflera taiwanense is still surviving, protected by the surrounding lushness.
|Cotinus - probably 'Grace'with Hakonecloa and a leaf or two of golden Catalpa|
|Acanthus 'Hollard's Gold'|
|Cercis 'Forest Pansy' and Pittosporum 'Irene Patterson'|
|Fatsia 'Spiders Web' - was never sure of this initially - looks decidedly like a bad attack or red spider mite !|
|Top of the Trachycarpus|
Up on the bank at the end of the garden the Aralia elata 'Argenteo Marginata' is now a striking specimen. This was the most expensive plant ever when I bought it! The nearby variegated bamboo is making attempts to escape in every direction - a planting mistake I think but still rather lovely! The rest of the bank is a lovely jumble of foliage, flower and sadly mares tail!
|Elaeagnus 'Coastal Gold' - Correction Olearia 'Moondance' - thanks Chad!|
Now despite my lifetime abhorrence of excess pruning I had to do some jungle busting so out came the long arm pruners and the bow saw. After a couple of hours judicious pruning, there is now sunlight back in the kitchen and I can get to the trash bins. The garden waste bin is full so any more pruning will have to wait. Not a bad start and it still looks good and lush! Finally - MANY thanks to Pauline Mordue who has looks after my garden and plant collection lovingly for the last two years!
|The yard after an hour or so pruning!|