Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cheap plastic

Yesterday one of my rain barrels burst out and 50 gallons of water flooded the garden. I learned my lesson never buy a rain barrel made from cheap plastic, it lasted less than a year. I purchased another one on-line last night, should be arriving this week. Today's gardening consisted of some weeding, tree trimming and moving potted plants around.


This is the courtyard by the front gate, I'm thinking a small bench would look good here


A neighbor stopped by today to trade plants. She wanted some of my bromeliads, and traded this plant, she didn't know the name but the red flowers are gorgeous, they kind of look like hydrangeas.

What is happening to my plants in the front yard? The powder puff tree is looking terrible, most of the leaves are cover with a black soot, and I'm not sure if I should cut most of it or leave it as is.


The soot is also covering the palm tree and dropping on the bromeliads below.




The vegetable raised beds are done, it took 28 bags of soil. Planting starts next week, weather permitting.

Meet Maximus

Max is my daughter's dog; both moved in with us while waiting on a short sale home she made a offer 4 months ago.

10 comments:

Stellamarina said...

Too bad about your rain barrel!

Darla said...

Hope your new rain barrel lasts longer than a year...is that black stuff some type of fire blight like pear trees get? It kind of reminds of that....

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Hvor ser det godt ud i din have.
Sød hund.
Tak for kigget.

ChrisC said...

sorry about the rain barrel.One of those is on my want list.I love your courtyard!A bench would be perfect.

Janine said...

It's a cute idea for planting vegetables

NanaK said...

Oh my, that's a lot of water to rush out all at once. I hope it didn't do much damage. I just have the ugly plastic food-grade barrels and they have held up for several years now.

Maybe your new plant is a glorybower clerodendrum? or pagoda flower clero?

Suwannee Refugee said...

So what kind of rain barrel did you get?

matts said...

Congratulations on a fabulous website. I am delighted to have found this post.…Plastic Gate Factory

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. The white stuff on your plants looks like the spiraling white fly that I have in my yard in Fort Lauderdale. The white fly has infested my gumbo limbos, coconut palms, white birds of paradise, robellinis and most other plants. Last month I had the trees injected with pesticide to try to contain the problem. As I walk in my neighborhood I see the white flies everywhere.
Kathy

Cheap garden gates said...

I just stumbled upon your informative blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. I will be your frequent visitor.