Tuesday I made a start on this area of my garden , After a year and a half of me being very poorly , the Pittasporums had grown too tall and spindly , they need to be forced to bush out at the bottom more . There are evil brambles clambering through its branches and it is awkward to get in to ..I have to climb in through the branches of my beautiful Acer " Bloodgood ". There is a pretty young Corkscrew Hazel and a lovely shrub that has bright yellow pea shaped flowers ..it usually responds well to being hard pruned after flowering....I may have cut it back too hard ..since I accidently cut off the one lower branch that I had meant to keep .
Next job .....Agave Pottatorum..that I grew 15 years ago on my bedroom windowsill , the seed that I got from the British Cactus Society .
This year it put up a splendid flower spire , to the delight of local honeybees and butterflies ....and me : )
I watched as the flowers developed seed pods and then one by one they fell off . Some of these I saved to try and dry out and grow..the rest fell to the ground and mysteriously disappeared .
Now here's the thing ....people keep asking me " Will the mother plant die now that it has flowered ? " " Could it be saved ? " "What if you cut off the flower spire , maybe it would have enough energy to survive ? "
So , I thought , lets see !
I had to use the biggest loppers in my husbands tool shed !
Scrunch .......and down it came !
So with more horrible weather coming , I decided that I must get the Agaves covered
over...they are o.k with the cold ..but dont like too much wet .
I have slabs of stone all around and tucked under the Agaves leaves which direct the rain water away from the centre to keep those roots dry as possible .
I bought this umbrella cloche many years ago, no idea which make it is . I never managed to put it together correctly but used it in its semi put together state anyway . It is forecast to be very windy, so I have weighed it down with some of the Pittasporum branches .
There is another Agave behind it , this one is Agave Americana which is the the most commonly seen one, it is the hardiest one of all the Agaves here in Cornwall England .
I know if you happen to be reading this in somewhere like Mexico , then I,m sure you'll be laughing at all this !
I found a baby Agave Pottatorum some distance away from the mother plant in the surrounding gravel ....now rescued and taken away to be potted up .
I called it a day after all that . It was getting too dark for me to see what I had achieved even !
Wednesday I left it as I had other things to do and Belly Dance Class in the evening .
Thursday , I got up at 5.30 am and did the washing and hung it all out and got straight back to lopping the Pittasporums , which smells like lemons and has wood like iron ...cutting spiteful brambles and pulling out the Ivy which is taking over the gravel area .
With my two best friends watching and following me , I weeded ,weeded , weeded !
I finished off with some more weeding and pruning the red stems of Cornus alba Siberica
those red stems are now sitting in a deep bowl of water , where they will put out roots ready to be planted out somewhere else in the garden or share .
Friday --went shopping in Falmouth with my friend , exploring all the lovely little shops we'd never been in before ....had delicious fish and chips in The Harbour Lights Fish + Chips Restaurant .... we always used to take our children in there when they were small...it was always so child friendly. So it brought back happy memories , lovely views across the harbour too .
So housework , gardening , dancing , shopping ,eating well and talking ....I should sleep well tonight !
More wind and rain coming .......yawn ! Goodnight !