Saturday, November 27, 2010

Removing fences and flowering cacti: a random post

Clearing leaves and dead perennial foliate did not complete in the garden this year. There was also the question of the old wooden fence that my parents put up partway around an above-ground pool back when we were kids. The pool was long since taken down and replaced by more gardening space, but the fence remained. Over the last few years, it has been showing its age, so my father wanted to take it down.

This is what we ended up with. The wooden pieces are gone, the
metal poles embedded in concrete bases that we dug out of the ground
are still here for the moment.

This is the garden area and part of the fence in the summer (the rest of the
fence bends back and is hidden behind the front part):
Here's a more closeup view of the same area after we were finished taking
the fence down:
The fence ran through the garden area in the lower part of the picture.

This shouldn't be much of a problem for the plants - only a couple of them were climbers, and we can get trellises for those. Almost all of them were basically sun rather than shade plants - the extra sun from the removed fence should help them or at least not hurt them.

This picture inserted for no good reason other than that I think
that as many posts as possible should have pictures taken just after sunset.

Meanwhile, there are actually plants growing inside the house as well. They rarely get the attention that they deserve in this blog, but I couldn't ignore the Christmas cactus, which started blooming a little earlier than its name would suggest, but at the right general time of year.
Top-down view

In my humble opinion, Christmas cacti have some of the most beautiful flowers around. They look incredible close up:





6 comments:

CanadianGardenJoy said...

OMG ! It worked !!! LOL
You changed your background and it really pops ! I used to be so tense about dong that because I thought I would screw things up ? .. very overly cautious type person at times.
I actually was going to comment on those sky shots below this post .. they are beautiful !
I'm going to see if I can there too .. comment I mean ? LOL
Joy : )

RPS77 said...

Glad to see you could get a comment posted - sorry it didn't work for other posts!

I kind of like the new look for my blog with the contrasting red and blue.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

I know the secret now .. I feel very powerful and VERY computer savvy !!!
giggle snort giggle wink wink
Yes ! having a contrasting background is neat .. I just found out recently how to do it .. then again I'll forget in no time and have to reboot my brain ;-)
Joy

RPS77 said...

Excellent - glad to hear that the comments section is letting you in now!

catmint said...

Hi R,
Hope you don't mind me shortening your name. In this post and the next I love the randomness. In this post I love the sunset sky pic and seeing the fence scenes before, during and after. I appreciate randomness and change!
Cheers, catmint

RPS77 said...

Thank you, Catmint. You can certainly call me R or something shorter, or you can call me Paul (my name in "real life").