Jacaranda

Our Jacaranda tree looks rather grand from this angle but move around about 90 degrees and you’d see that half the tree is missing, thanks to the way it has been trimmed to allow for the power lines that run past it.  We’ve lived here for almost 3 years, the tree was planted and being cut well before we arrived.

Every year it generously drops it’s beautiful mauve flowers to decorate the yard with, as well as those large round pods containing the papery seeds.  They fall on our lawn and never become new little trees.

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I’ve collected and planted some of the seeds in a pot filled with ordinary potting mix and a few actually germinated (shown above). These grandbabies will be the first of many I’ll grow.

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Not the Moon

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Rather, a fabulously refreshing day in the garden, especially after planting some of the below plants the day before into our work in progress – a garden, with a path that winds through, complete with cubby house, teepee which is soon to be shelter to a sandpit, an old swing and a couple of raised beds exclusively for the kids to plant in… so far.

Pear Blossom

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Pear blossom

Pear tree from our old garden in Rushworth. I don’t remember this one fruiting in the 18 months we were here (it probably did though!) but I do remember the lovely old beurre bosc pear tree I had in another yard in South Australia, beautiful sweet fruit.

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Purple Frost

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Some have mistaken this for purple cabbage, but it is in fact an heirloom brussel sprout plant I grew in a previous garden, although not too successfully if you count harvest as success (but I’m pretty happy with the photos).

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I’m not sure why the brussel sprouts didn’t form as expected. The leaves are also edible, but they’re a little tougher than something like spinach; I’ve used them in a soup once before (stay tuned).

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They were growing in a pot in the shade over the Summer as I’d planted them too late the season before. I moved them back into the garden when the weather cooled down.

If you have experience or tips growing brussel sprouts, I’d love to hear from you.

Pink

Poppies growing in our old Rushworth garden, from seed collected from our old Ramco garden in South Australia.

Daylilies

Photos from Middle Man’s garden a few months ago.

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Succulents and Sunshine

Well this is the wettest winter I can remember! With that comes a lot of weeds, but I managed to dodge some of those to find some of our succulents flowering; small but stunning!

Apparently it won’t rain here for a few days so I hung some washing outside for the first time in ages.

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I thought about doing some gardening (that’s as far as the idea went), instead I grabbed the camera and made the most of the sunshine while it lasted.

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Densely Planted and Overgrown

From left, kale, beetroot and tomatoes.  Hiding underneath: dark opal basil, honeydew

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Honeydew vines beginning to reach out over the edge of the raised bed, tomatoes (purple calabash) right behind them.

You are looking at approximately 3 months of growth from the time of sowing these seeds; these photos are at least a couple of weeks old already and things have become even wilder, spilling out over the path.  It’s what happens when you sow a heap of seeds with the intention to thin / transplant seedlings out into the garden, only you don’t.

We’ve had a lot of beetroot leaves to use as spinach, not sure how the actual beetroot will turn out being so densely planted, possibly more of a carrot shape!

Saving my trashed seedlings

I had a bunch of old heirloom seeds planted in pots and growing in a makeshift hothouse while waiting for the weather to warm up.  Yesterday the strong Spring winds knocked it over onto it’s back, making a mess of my seedlings.

Of course, on a day like yesterday (37 degrees celcius and howling wind) I wanted to be outside gardening, right in the middle of the day.

Not really, but on spotting my seedling rack lying on it’s back on a trip out to the compost bin, I decided I better inspect the damage…

I almost had a tantrum on seeing this, after all the effort that is put in. Instead I pulled myself together to see what could be saved.

I slowly retrieved one pot at a time, picking up seedlings in handfuls of dirt and placing them carefully in a plastic tub to move to a more sheltered area. Once I had all I could fit in the tub I gave them another drink. 3 tubs later I have a bunch of seedlings doing ok but in need of a new home; thankfully they are mostly big enough to go straight into a garden.

I’m just glad that earlier in the day I selected the seedlings for donation to my son’s school for their vegetable garden. No damage and delivered safely this morning.

Getting in early for Spring

I planted Spring seeds as early as the end of July this year – that’s almost the middle of Winter!  I thought I’d have a go at getting a head start as I’m often sowing or planting late.  They also happened to be a bunch of out-of-date packets I had lying around, some as old as 2013, but I had to see if they’d grow rather than throw them out, so into the dirt they all went, to clean out before my new order of seeds arrived.

I used plastic tubs like mini hothouses, as well as a salvaged old rack on wheels.  My partner wrapped the rack in plastic for me with a front flap that opens or pegs shut.

I found the tubs to be much warmer, which is what counts in frosty weather; while there are some things that are happy in the frost, most Spring veg are not so happy, particularly delicate emerging seedlings.

I had three pots inside on the kitchen window sill, black cherry tomatoes, and they all germinated much quicker than the ones outside, due to being warmer.  Some things took a good month to start showing (and some are still only just germinating, 6 weeks after sowing) so don’t lose faith if your little seeds don’t appear to be doing anything!

Some of the better performers so far are shown in the gallery below.

Three Boys & Berries

Mum of 3 boys and 1 girl dog. Lover and maker of the best chai tea in the land. Gardening is good, compost essential, for my well being.

My artworks largely consist of hand drawn patterns using pencils, pens. I’d like to get back to some painting, as well as exploring mixed media and collage.  My work is currently featured on Redbubble, Pixels and Zazzle, printed on a variety of different products. You can view a sample of what’s available here on site.

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Suzie Stripes

Bush walks and public garden strolls with every one else are great, but if I can, I’ll sneak away with just Suzie for a solitary bush walk.

Flowering

Flowering in our backyard at the moment.

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