157/366 – 161/366 It’s all grow – well nearly..

This week I decided to take some pictures of what is growing in my garden.  It’s great to see plants that have been dormant all winter suddenly leap into life. Besides the photos here, my Bay bush has almost doubled in size, my Hydrangea is full of leaves and has some massive buds on it and the conifers in pots that you can see on 158/366 have all got new shoots on them.

The only disappointment is my poorly Azalea by the front door – you’ve read before about my Azalea haven’t you?? (You haven’t – oh dear…get searching then!!) I thought it was well on the road to recovery but this week one more branch took a turn for the worse. There are some spider webs on it and I think some spider pest or other has taken a like to it. Well OH has taken the bug spray to it and has also given it some Miracle grow. I hope it’ll keep growing and thriving after I cut this dead branch off. Boo Hoo.. 😦

So here are the pictures for this week.

157/366 – I didn’t expect to see flowers on a maple

158/366 Flowers, conifers and colour

159/366 Mint and Sage doing well and the parsley is catching up

160/366 Basket by the front door. It gets more sun than the one I’m featuring every week

161/366 My poorly Azalea – attacked by something AGAIN!!

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133/366 It’s ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of you may recall a picture lichen that grows on my Azalea. Well I’m happy to report that what remains of my Azalea is alive. I’ve had 1 flower and one bud about to burst forth!

There are some new leaf buds appearing too, so it looks like my harsh cutting back of what looks dead, a dose of Sequestrion tonic and some Miracle Grow seems to have done the trick. I don’t think it will ever get back to its former glory but I’m happy that there’s still life in the old dog yet! So I’m hoping it will continue to thrive and provide me with an explosion of flowers next year.

1. The bud bursting forth

2. New leaf buds

3. What remains of the poor Azalea. It used to touch the stone wall!

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109/366 Project for the week – Macro – Day3 – Lichens

I have an old Azalea plant in pot by my front door. We bought it about 25 years ago and it usually bursts forth with hundreds of small lilac coloured flowers. Last year I had very few flowers and a lot of the leaves and branches withered,  it is looking very sorry for itself at the moment.

I was watering it on the weekend and added its yearly dose of sequestrion. I noticed that although what remains of the plant looks dormant there are a couple of flower buds and a couple of leaf buds so there is life still there – I hope!

Todays photo is of lichen on the branches of the Azalea.  Lichen apparently does not affect the life of the plant.

UPDATE: After the comment from Unifiedspace, I searched and found this useful page at Countryside Info.

 

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