Three months in the garden

Over the last year or so Margaret has made many changes in the garden, especially in the back where more plant areas were created and filled. Back in April I took photos of some areas and the plants as far as they had grown back then; now today three months later, I’ve taken updated photos to compare …

The banana plant, and all the plants behind the screened patio, have grown a lot!

Along the right fence, the plants have done well too – this was a struggle for a while as we expected less sun than actually occurs, but Margaret planted sun-liking plants to shade the others and it’s worked well!

Along the back fence to the left, most plants have grown although the climbing vine is struggling (with too much sun maybe?)

Against the pool there’s not been much change … the milkweed plants did ok till monarch caterpillars arrived (which was the purpose of planting them, but the caterpillars don’t leave much!)

And opposite, there’s still a lot of growth needed, too, though one plant has done well …

In the front garden I don’t have comparison photos, but everything is doing well – especially the potted gardenias on the front porch (and I love how the spider plant is escaping it’s pot!)

Iceland 2021 lava

One of our primary reasons for returning to Iceland was to see the active volcano, and we did – sort of! At the beginning of our trip we visited Fagradalsfjall but it was too foggy to see the volcano itself (and most of the paths to get close views are now cut off by lava flows!), but we did get to see flowing lava more than a mile from the crater itself – and it was spectacular/amazing (and HOT!)

At the end of our trip we returned, to find the lava flow had hardly increased and was now completely cold in some places (lava took different paths now!); we took some more photos anyway.

I also created a video of the flowing lava from our first visit, uploaded to YouTube