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Posts from the ‘Compost – or is it “kompoost”?’ Category


I don’t think a gardener ever likes to lose a plant. Certainly not one that is well-established, and part of the scheme of things in the garden. But there are times when, absence chemical spraying, there is no alternative but to uproot.

Calliandra 9.18Our powder puff tree, Calliandra haematocephala, is in a terrible mess. Covered in sticky white fluff, with honeydew all around and – as a result – also swarming with ants, it is an utterly depressing sight.

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The Dour and the Glory

We’ve had the thunderstorms and sandstorms, the flash floods in wadis (not in our garden, thankfully) and the roof flying off our beehive. Now, the heat has hit us and the garden is, in truth, past its spring best.

The story is mixed, however. There are shady areas where the grass is green, the plants thriving – among the fruit trees, for example. And there are splashes of colour from our faithful shrubs, hibiscus and rose. Meanwhile, the flame trees (Delonix regia) are filling the street outside the garden with a magnificent show, the odd branch spilling over into our garage and filling it with glorious, bright red flowers:

Even so, this isn’t the happiest time in the jasmine garden. Read more


I’m just back from discovering new lands, and the garden has run away with me. Rosemary, lavender and jasmine are roaring ahead; other plants are sulking about the poor diet, no supplements, they are putting up with (tomatoes – they never change). The compost bins are festering (plastic version) or dried out (wooden one). What joy!

Then, on Tuesday night, a howling wind and torrential rain erupted from nowhere. As a result the bottlebrush tree has lurched, or been blown, forward and lost all her lovely flowers, and the powder puff seems to be having a bad hair day:


Borage and calendula are flattened; roses forlorn; and one or two potted plants are awash.

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