10/52: a tweak or two

Sometimes you can spend ages on a garden project with less-than-perfect results, whilst at other times a few adjustments can make a huge visual difference.

This week, in keeping with my plans to de-accumulate and organise the inside of my house, it has spilt over into the garden. Somewhere I read that you should only keep something because it is useful, beautiful or you simply love it, which in turn led me to look outside with a fresh eye.

Just because something has been there almost forever, doesn’t mean it still works in that position, either functionally or visually.

With a little tweak or two, I tidied up a couple of areas nicely. The first area took a little time, involving trimming back the notorious seaside daisy (Erigeron) and pruning a couple of dead branches to reveal some semi-forgotten rocks and succulents.

needs a little maintenance

maintenance accomplished

The other mini makeover entailed simply removing an almost dead golden diosma, relocating one of the potted olive trees, and getting rid of some elephant ears, resulting in a much cleaner, sleeker look for minimal effort. A tweak or two at times can certainly work!

needs a little tweaking

cleaner lines

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89/366: a plan for the golden diosma

Having been obscured for some time behind a large conifer, this Golden Diosma has regenerated itself. I used to remove plants too soon to allow them to do this, but now I give them a fighting chance for survival. In this case I have been rewarded with new growth.

I like topiary, so I have pruned part of the new growth to create several little plants within a plant. There will need to be some tweaking and refining of this to create the look I envisage. Then, as with any shaped bush, it will need maintenance.

75/366: let’s take some cuttings

Yesterday, after spending hours pruning, I decided this would be a good time to take some cuttings, utilising the trimmings.

From the central garden bed at the front, I have pieces from the English box plants, including a variegated light green one, creeping juniper and golden diosma.  There are always spaces to fill, particularly in the back yard. More nice plants generally mean less places that weeds can rear their ugly little heads.

I have ignored the rules about sterilising pots. My theory is that if the plant can grow with a few germs, it will have better immunity.  Propagating mix and a rooting powder are my friends. Having had some success in the past, I look forward to seeing the results.