Spooky Stuff for the Garden

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Plants / Flowers | Posted on 15-10-2013

Hey, are you planning a Halloween party this year?

Pumpkin Garden

We love Halloween in our house. My kids like to plan their outfits from around September onwards – my youngest wants to dress up as a Disney princess, but my oldest is determined he’s going to be a Zombie. Nice. Hubbie likes Halloween too and he started talking about us having a party this year, as we owe a lot of our friends and family and who doesn’t love a bit Halloween fancy dress?

 

When he started talking about the party, I groaned at first and then I thought – actually, I could put some displays out in the garden. It could work really well and a lot of my friends haven’t yet seen what I’ve been doing with the garden ever since I started my new hobby. I think this could work well!

 

Growing Pumpkins

 

So first off – well I’m too late to have grown my own pumpkins and squashes this year, but I do plan to grow them next year. I’ve researched it and I’d like to try the popular Jack O’Lantern variety because you can get a 10-20 pound pumpkin (that’s a lot of pumpkin pie). You need to plant them in rich soil, apparently, and sow the seeds 6-8 inches apart.

 

Pumpkins need 110-140 days of frost-free growing and about six hours of direct sunlight a day. You should also feed them regularly to make sure they get all the nutrients they need to grow well.

 

I guess if I plant them in early summer, I’ll have pumpkins in time for next Halloween Well, that’s next year sorted then, but this year I’ll need to just buy my pumpkins from the local Walmart like everyone else!

 

What I plan to do for my Halloween party this year is get Hubbie to carve out five or six pumpkins and I’ll use them to light up the path up to our door. I think it’ll look pretty awesome and it’ll show off my new lawn and the fab wrought iron railings.

 

There are some great candles and decorations you can buy too, and I thought I’d get some of them too for my outdoors to make it extra spooky, and I’ll get some fairy lights for the house and our decking.

 

Fiery Fun

 

Hubbie wants to do a bonfire too. I wasn’t too sure because I was worried about safety, but he’s promised me he’ll do everything to make sure it’s safe. He’ll wheel out the barbecue too so that we can have hot dogs and burgers while standing round the fire. He muttered something about fireworks too, so I’ll definitely have to invite all of our neighbours as otherwise people might get bugged because of the noise.

 

We’ll definitely be having pumpkin pie and maybe some roasted pumpkin, seeing as we’re going to have so much left over pumpkin from all that carving. I might do toffee apples too, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. (Us adults will have a slug of brandy or Jack Daniels in ours!)

 

Now, I need to go off and make a lot of lists – there’s so much to do and I haven’t even decided what costume I’m going to be wearing yet!

My first post – Lillies (I know what they are)

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Plants / Flowers | Posted on 17-08-2013

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yellow-lillies

If you haven’t read my about page then I’d like to welcome you to my blog. Basically I set this blog up as I had a brain wave and decided I wanted to start gardening! I don’t know what inspired me to do so but we have a pretty big garden and combine this with a bit of sunshine I decided that gardening was the way forward. Having sat down and thought about it there are quite a lot of angles to approach when it comes to gardening. Hopefully I will work my way through all of them in time but as things stand at this moment in time I don’t really know anything about gardening, so hopefully we can both learn together and enjoy the journey.

 

My first topic of conversation is going to be Lilies, (Lily)

 

Why?

Because this is about the only flower I know a little something about, and the reason that is because my 7 year old daughter planted some Lily seeds a few months ago. They eventually grew and showed their pretty little faces and then a couple of weeks later vanished off the face of the earth again!

 

Why did this happen to my beautiful Lily’s?

Well I soon found out that Lily’s offer an exotic touch to your garden which gorgeous vibrant colours. They need lots of sunlight to grow and rich fertile soil that is also well drained. I actually put a layer of broke tiles at the bottom of my flower box and then added compost. It is important that you plant the bulbs deep enough to protect them from the weather. They will also grow back every year if they are planted well and also spaced out. Lilies also multiply, so next year you will find you will have a lot more that you did originally. We don’t get to much sun where i live so this is why they don’t last long.

Types of lilies

There are actually a few different types of Lily which are segmented into groups. the most popular are Oriental hybrids and Atlantic. The latter usually flower earlier and have no scent where as Oriental have a very strong scent. Quite sweet actually. There are many varieties that range from very short, ground lilies to huge 6ft long lilies. (Lilly Muscadet) I know! Im beginning to sound like a Lily buff already!

 

How To plant Lillie’s

Its pretty easy to plant Lilies, Just dig a hole and place the bulbs about 6 inches apart at a depth at least 3 times the size of the bulb. Use some decent  compost and away you go. If planting in pots or containers then make sure it drains well.

 

Make them last – Feed

Taking care of your beautiful new Lilies does take a little care. They will need lots of sunlight and water. You can also feed them. They are heavy feeders so I recommend using a high potassium liquid fertiliser.Its always a good idea to carry on feeding after they have flowered as it allows them to grow back well the following year.

 

So there you have it. My run down on Lilies and my very first post on this blog. I hope this has been useful for you and please feel free to comment below. Here are a few images of my Lilies. I though I had best take some pictures as they may not last for much longer now. They are a gorgeous flower and as they dont last long, we have to enjoy and appreciate them well we can!

Orange_Lilies pink-lily

 

Oooops…. I forgot to mention about them little pests. The Lily beetle. They will eat away at the leaves and flowers. It is best to check regularly and remove any you see. They are red and about 1cm long. Find them, crush them! Over and out….. I promise this time!!