Monday, May 18, 2020

Pyrrosia sheareri

Outside the jungle hut we have a selection of ferns, one of which is Pyrrosia sheareri which comes from Taiwan.

Pot grown for the last three to four years it has proved reliably hardy for us (although recent winters have been reasonably mild in comparison to the years before.

Pyrrosia sheareri
Pyrrosia sheareri with Mark for scale

The fronds can reach up to 60 - 75cm, although ours hasn't reached this yet, the new growth is a lighter green before the mature leaves darken with a glossy almost leathery texture. Apparently it is fond of a free draining humus rich soil, we have grown ours in a pot and it seems quite happy so far.

Pyrrosia sheareri
I'm tempted to try and divide this, but as its looking so good and it has a reputation for being tricky to propagate, we may leave it for a while longer yet. 

Gaz

Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Blue Pots update

Over the years we have regularly returned to the blue pots at the front of our house. Our front garden is very much on the small side, and when we move in 15 years ago it was a completely baron driveway, block paved and devoid of all live. Over the years we have made a few changes - although the need for a parking space has always limited what we were able to do. A few years back we erected railings and planted a cherry tree. But the long term feature has been a series of blue pots that have featured more than a few times on the blog.

With visits out and about curtailed we thought we would turn our attention back to the pots. The succulents have filled out, and seem to like the south facing position up against the house. There is a radiator on the other side of the curved wall for the bay window which presumably leaks some heat over winter. That said the last few winters have been pretty mild,so we haven't had many low temperatures or much in the way of snow to worry things.


Mark giving everything the once over.

The Cherry - prunus nigra has started to fill out and help give the small spot some height and a bit more of a garden feel.
Three years back  and the plants in the corner by the porch were filling the space, however by yesterday they needed a little more room.

2017

2020 - we spaced the pots out a little more.

On the other side of the bay window, not quite such dramatic growth, although everything seems to be thriving in the pots.

Trichocereus terscheckii by the front door. Often gets comments from passers by.

Aloe polyphylla

Echeveria rosea

It's been a while since we last blogged, work commitments, travel and simply spending time in the garden has meant less spare time in recent years, however we will try and not leave it quite so long until the next one!


Gaz