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
Monday, May 23, 2016
And we start with a selection of photos of the main show gardens...
The Watahan East and West Garden
Saturday, May 21, 2016
|A compact yet pretty glasshouse|
|Looking back from the entrance|
Friday, May 20, 2016
"Is this it??"
Underwhelmed, I have put it in amongst the most overrated tourist attractions out there. Attractions that have gained popularity and status much higher than the impact they actually produce once seen in the flesh. It's up there with The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and The Mona Lisa in Paris (ducks for cover...).
But now, thirteen years from that moment, returning to Geneva older and (hopefully) more mature, I am more forgiving with my thoughts. It's not too bad. It's the symbol and principle behind it that counts the most I suppose.
The display consists of around 6500 bedding plants and is changed four times in a year, coinciding with the seasons. Here's a few more detail shots.
And I can tell you that it is still a very popular attraction. The photos looks like the area is deserted when it was actually far from that. It took so much effort and timing to take these tourist free photos and I managed to irritate a several other photo takers for being in their way for a....funny enough a tourist free shot.
Mission accomplished, photos taken, it was time to move on...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Who needs real food when you have beautiful plants to visually feast on?
|Anyone for a second serving?|
Meanwhile, busy busy times in the garden with so many things to do and so much to be excited with. One of which is the top patio where I'm busy figuring out the pot display for this year.
I'm on a mission to minimise the use of plastic pots there from this year onwards so lots of repotting are being done, including this Nolina longifolia which looks much better now in a glazed pot.
|Pot display in progress|
Monday, May 16, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|This Agave geminiflora is looking fabulous. It deserves the the dignity of a nicer looking pot.|
However I can't keep denying to myself that those cheap nursery plastic pots don't bother me. Most of the key plants on display then were in those plastic pots and if I'm going to do a similar display again this year I wouldn't be able to ignore/tolerate them this time.
So why did I keep them in plastic pots when replacing them with glazed ones were easy enough?
Answer: because plastic pots are light.
Plastic pots have there uses and many advantages too, one of which is being light hence easy to move. With most of our succulents and xerophytes not hardy enough to remain outside all year round they will need shifting indoors before winter sets in. The bigger specimens are tricky enough as they are to shift and it'll even be more difficult if they are in heavy pots.
|Both Agave geminiflora and Agave ocahui will have new glazed pots this year|
|Work in progress|
Tuesday, May 10, 2016