Regular readers will have followed the progress of our Koi Bond build, heres the finished result
As well as rebuilding in the garden we had plenty going on inside as well, one aspect was the new conservatory.
Whilst in Singapore we visited the botanic gardens, a fantastic explosion of tropical and exotic plants.
One of the key events of 2013 in our garden was an unfortunate fire coming from a neighbours garden.
On our trip to Singapore in 2013 one of the highlights was visiting the Gardens by the Bay, with the magnificent SuperTrees
Sunday, July 20, 2014
So without further ado the first garden to share is the garden of JJ De Sousa, garden designer and proprietor of Digs, an eclectic shop selling a wide range of interesting home and garden accessories. Sadly we didn't get to visit the shop too.
The garden wraps around the home, which is centred in the middle of a 77'x127' lot.
You enter the garden via an orange gate of carrots. Well why wouldn't the gate be carrots! Which gives the first clue as to the favourite colour of JJ!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
We arrived in the city the evening before wherein Loree met us at the airport and took us to Sean's place. Afterwards we all went out for dinner but as it was well dark already by the time we got back we had to wait till the morning to have a proper look of the garden. I have to say even in the dark you can make out the silhouette of the beautiful plants and you can tell already that it's a beautiful garden. So come the morning, after a lovely breakfast we sat out to relax in the back garden.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Monday, July 07, 2014
The weather was sunny and warm, simply perfect which made the day extra enjoyable and very conducive to admiring the exhibits and other features the show had to offer. There was a brief spell of rain showers later on but we were inside the floral marquee when it happened and the rain stopped just before we needed to leave. How's that for perfect timing?
The show was huge as always and there were so much to see but we managed to peruse most of it during our relatively brief stay there. As usual we felt we could do with another day spent there to fully savour this huge show but as most of you would know by now there is another 'event' we will be attending for the rest of this week coinciding with the
remainder of the show
Sunday, July 06, 2014
|Even Twinkles is enjoying summer in the garden|
The Evo 55 is simple to fit, it comes with fittings to connect to flexi-pipe however as we have a rigid pipe based system we needed to use slightly different fittings. Fortunately these are of a standard size so single screw into both ends of the UVC.
All our filter equipment is connected to water proof power supplies, although there shouldn't be any water splashing about in the filter house we wanted to be extra careful, and so far this has worked well. It was a simple job to connect the power to the UVC.
With the filters operating for a the last 15 months, it looks like we had the right approach in over filtering and under stocking. The fish have really benefited being relocated from their old small pond, growing well and also having fewer problems. Cleaning the filters has also worked out as we had hoped, not taking too much time as its such a simple almost automated process. At first I had to follow the instructions each time but now it just is second nature.
We are hoping the water quality and clarity continues to improve as the filters mature and with the addition of this UVC.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
|Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis|
|Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex 'Plena'|
|Peltoboykinia watnabei, Tradescantia 'Blushing Bride', and Begonia|
It's almost time's up so this will be it for now. So I can do a blog in ten minutes after all, didn't realise I could until now without resorting to being wordless. A miniature self discovery!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Now this is not the usual sort of garden or attraction we go to nor gets featured in our blog but the interest in heritage properties and landscape is there (it's just that we don't talk about it that often) so it wasn't that hard to make such a spontaneous decision. And on top of that we signed up to become members too, deciding right then and there. Which means we must make an effort to visit more English Heritage sites to make the annual membership fee we paid worthwhile. Which means more period and historical properties will probably make its way to our blog over the next year or so (maybe...).
Wrest Park is a country estate with a grade 1 country house and a sprawling grounds with formal gardens and outbuildings, some of which were constructed during the Baroque period, reflecting the style distinct of that era.