So the garden has developed a lot since the last posts, the passion fruit has completely dominated the fence. I planted a new palm tree which you can see above, it’s just a baby one. The grass has started to restrengthen a little, I planted 2 new samples of the flowering grass. The strongest transplant of those two which was doing really well just had to end up getting covered by digging cats. However it is still alive. In addition I planted a flower bed, one pomegranate tree and 3 small hedge like flowers, I can’t remember what they are called. There is a small fig tree growing also. 2 of the three old palms haven’t survived but the one that has is opening a new leaf. That’s all for now!
Pomegranates and Passion Fruit, my two favourite things growing in my back garden. All Organic, I think anyway. Cactus flower is out only for a day before it wilts.
What I hoped would be a great initiative to keep on going has well, not been a great initiative. Though I’m not the slightest disheartened. As they are all still alive. Although they may look more than half dead they seem to have gained a lot of strength to survive, firstly the two pictured below have greatly thickened their trunks and the one on the right has 3 spikes ready to turn into leaves when the summer comes. The dead leaves haven’t been cleared properly so I will do that when I’m over there. Looks like some sunshine and warmth is all they will need to power up. My cousin was unsuccessful in bringing me photos of anything but the palm trees but I hear from my grandparents that the other plants have grown well, shame I can’t see them. Well looks like I better prepare the fertilizer.
So I have a garden, two gardens to be exact. My garden in Cyprus appeals to me so much more, not only that I can plant sub-tropical plants. The picture above was taken in 2008. My garden is still pretty much the same today. Apart from 2 years ago I brought back a wedding table centerpiece of a tiny olive tree. I left it with my gran and it grew rather fast, sooner on later she did me a favor and planted it. In 2011 I bought 3 palm trees (King Palms just in case you’re interested) and planted them around the garden because of a few I spotted down a side road (Pictured Below) I had never seen any palm trees like that in Cyprus they looked really umm.. tropical with the white trunks the green base below the strong leaves nothing like the flimsy Fan palms that line the coast. So after lots of internet searches I tracked down the species and went and bought some. However I don’t just plan on making my little garden (dry barren piece of land) an area for Palms. This was just the start, I went to the official forestry nursery of Cyprus and picked up the tiniest two leafed passion fruit plant to cover the fence at the end of the garden, hopefully for some fruit, flowers and greenery to reduce the ‘industrial’ look. The passion fruit pictured below is one on an old grandma’s fence whose house got knocked down and I just remember that the passion fruit survived all the dust and rubble from the destruction of the charming old house. The old lemon tree will be the center piece as it already dominates its space. I also added a small pink flowering shrub.
So to sum up these are the main existing plants in the garden:
– Lemon Tree, Daphni Bush, Two odd trees, White Jasmin, Spiky plant, Olive Tree
Plants added in Summer 2011
– 3 archontophoenix alexandrae palms, 1 Passion fruit plant, One pink shrub, 1 chilli plant
Plants to add next summer
– Traveler’s Palm, Kentia Palm, Royal Palm, 4 Pineapple plants, 2 Banana Trees, flowering grass
So stay tuned! I will post the garden’s progress
Anyone who knows me, knows I have an odd craze for Palm Trees, they remind me of home I guess. They provide some shade when you need to get out of the Sun’s Blaze. Many thanks to my friend Kat for taking the picture above as soon as I asked for some Palm pictures!
Till the header changes it will be quite damaging to look at the top of my blog simply due to the amount of palm trees