End of the year, after all the bromeliads bloomed is the best time to harvest all the plants. The job of taking out all the old plants and letting the new pubs breathe and get some sun, is not an easy one but necessary if you want to keep some semblance of order in the garden. The bromeliads in the picture below, represent about one third of all the plants in the front garden (there are more in the back garden). I have decided to reduce the number of plants I have. The job is getting too big for me to handle. This year I am getting rid of all the Portea's in my collection, the flower spikes are beautiful but they are big and too aggressive, not suited for small gardens like my.
Last week we had a cold front come through and it brought high winds, my table umbrella became a casualty.
Now that I don't have an umbrella, there is more sun in this corner of the back garden, perfect for my herb and vegetables garden.
The Brunfelsia tree should be full of flowers by now, but this year for some reason is not a good year.
Female Painted Bunting
My bottle tree was another casualty of the storm, I had to replace several broken bottles.