Well, I finally got my Christmas Tree up. It's not a traditional tree, in fact it took me just a few minutes to put together. I bought two really large glass bottles from a garage sale a while back, just because I liked them. So one one them has been used to hold a big olive tree branch that i cut from the tree in my back yard...
We have so many divine Christmas decorations in our gift shop at the moment and I choose these cute feather birds to sit in the tree.
I have been personalising a few gifts with an alphabet stamp set. Brown craft paper looks great with a crisp white bow.
Pine Cones that I found in the neighbourhood add a festive touch.
My timber table has adjustable drop down sides, well I pulled them up and placed gifts underneath..perfect.
Find an old bike in a junk shop or garage sale and plant the basket up with cascading petunias and small cottage plants.Use a coconutfibre liner to help hold soil and moisture. Sit the bike in the garden, for a touch of quirkiness.
C.I Y project 2- Do you have any old boots laying around? Maybe some old Dr. Martins? Fill them up with a quality potting mix and plant succulents or nasturtiums in them. The more weathered and aged the boots get, the better they look.
My newly planted Pyrus ussuriensis (Manchurian Pear)
The Tree 3 years on surrounded by perennials
Pyrus ussuriensis, or Manchurian Pear are deciduous Trees that form a large shade canope through the warmer months. It is the perfect tree to shade a hot area and will drop its leaves in winter to let much needed light into your house and garden. I have positioned one in my garden in the far right ( pictured here) , it's a lovely specimen. Manchurian Pears will tolerate a hot sunny spot and they are available in many forms including the popular upright form "Capital", which are ideal for drive ways and used extensively as Street trees in the Murray Bridge area.
Today I removed four buxus microphylla faulkner hedges from my planter box. I have a box hedge planted at the front of my cottage, bordering the paths and needed some more to finish the job. The box hedge in the planter box was becoming pot bound and the four plants came out together when I pulled them up. I then used a pruning saw to separate each one.
Once the box plants were separated I pruned the roots down to a more manageable size to re-plant. I used Plants Plus Groganic ( An organic compost) to help improve the soil structure.
Once they were all planted I watered them in well with SeaGold Liquid kelp, a health tonic which distresses transplanted plants.
The Buxus Faulkner lines the pathways. This variety is particularly hardy to cold and heat and performs better then an English box. The buxus faulkner is available now in a variety of different sized pots.
Serenity Nursery Top Tip: Use a lawn fertiliser such us Neutrogs Sudden Impact for Lawns on leafy hedges like Buxus Faulkner or English box. It is organic based and high in nitrogen to help promote lots of leafy growth. It's a great product for lawns and all non-flowering plants.
Pictured here ( along the back) is my much loved Escallonia Iveyi hedge. I love it, It's an old fashioned plant but it has really dark green glossy leaves and stark white flowers through Spring and Summer. It is really hardy and will grow in full sun and coastal conditions. They can grow up to 3 meters, but at this stage I like to keep it about a meter tall. I give mine a really good drink of SeaGold Liguid kelp through prolonged summer heat waves.