Yesterday (Wednesday) I made the long promised trip to the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Had a nice lunch and then went into the plant nursery. I bought a range of plants and although they didn’t have quite what I wanted, they were able to do as I hoped hey would – suggest a suitable alternative. But in some ways it feels like Groundhog Day in that I have been down this path before where I get all excited and plant things, water, feed a fertilise them only to have them die anyway. The little man got through the fence I put up and I can’t see where he did this. And this is another thing, if he digs up the plants again (he’s cost me hundreds of dollars) I will just give up. I would rather just put down weedmatting and pine bark rather than get angry with my dogs and risk starting to be resentful. I am too fond of my dogs for that ever to happen. Perhaps I really should stop trying to pretend I’m a gardener when everything I plant dies on me. I’m sure things go into self destruct sequence as soon as I hand over my money.
Gallipoli Rosemary (from ANZAC Cove in Turkey) 2 of these
Dianella revoluta – Large 2 of these
Eremophila Hygrophana – 2 of these (lilac flowers)
Eremophila Glabra – 4 of these (different colours)
Correa Glabra – 2 of these
Goodenia ovala – 2 of these
Frankenia serpyllifolia – 1 of these
I stared the first of the concreting. I did one area and will slowly move down. Although, I have to say that it would be a lot easier if I had a cement mixer ‘ ’cause mixing cement by shovel is fun. I should be able to do another part this afternoon. I have to take Herself for her fortnightly shopping this afternoon. The reason for this is that i usually take her on a Monday, but I will be in Adelaide this Monday and not back until Wednesday, so she decided that today is the day!
One thought on “Goundhogs and garden plants.”
Mothballs, great for dogs, rodents, rabbits and Javelina (not that you have them). Works wonders, but smells funny. Once the plants establish and the nursery nutrients work their way out of dirt and plant, most will be left alone,
Also, as a landscaper I can tell you a little trick: Plants are shy. The more you look, poke, prod and baby, the less likely they are to thrive. I can have 2 properties side by side, that I treat exactly the same (water, trims, etc.). One property owner inspects each plant every day. The other barely registers that the plants exist. The looky property never looks right. The owner ignored property is gorgeous!