Monday, May 21, 2007

Climber Gets Wired


Over the weekend I finally had a chance to fix two mistakes I made over five years ago. The mistakes relate to a climber that grows in the BBQ area. This climber is quite spectacular when it flowers and if properly supported it could be even better. When we moved into the house the climber was barely at the top of the post that supports the pergola. To help support it I tied four pieces of wire half the length of the pergola (about 8 metres). Over the coming years I trained the climber along the wire by wrapping it around the wire. So did you spot my errors. The first was that I used a fine wire that was unable to support the current weight of the climber. The second was training the climber around the wire. A strategy that has been slowly strangling the climber the further along the wire it went.

Climber re-wired 20/05/2007

To overcome the first problem I replaced what remains of the original wire with a thicker wire (3mm diameter) commonly used to support shade cloth. To overcome the second problem I am using a soft nylon tie that will expand as the climber grows and thickens.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bloom Day May, 2007


13/05/2007 Acacia


13/05/2007 Pelargonium


13/05/2007 Pelargonium

Hebe Abbey Rose

13/05/2007 Hebe Abbey Rose

Hebe Snowdrift

13/05/2007 Hebe Snowdrift

Hebe (Plectranthus?)

13/05/2007 Hebe

Correa Decumbens

13/05/2007 Correa Decumbens

Correa Dusky Bell

13/05/2007 Correa Dusky Bell

Correa Glabra x Decumbens

13/05/2007 Correa Glabra x Decumbens

Also flowering (but I couldn't get a decent photo):

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Potted Bamboo

13/05/2007 Bamboo

A little while ago I posted about a deceased climber from outside our bedroom. It's absence has been sorely missed if only for the extra privacy it provided. We have been wondering about how best to approach this space. At the same time we've been wondering what to do with a largish bowl that we'd used as a fish pond. Water restrictions and no rain have seen the water evaporate and the fish die from our pond. We loved our little fish pond. But it seems a little unrealistic during a drought. So we have decided to solve two problems by using the ex-fish pond for a bamboo plant. Bamboo is notriously invasive. We are hoping the bowl will keep it in check while giving it space to grow.