Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Well JT I thought I would post some photo's of my harvest today from the vegetable garden, just so you can see how well the garden in producing over here in Australia. Today we picked green beans, butter beans, snow peas, strawberries, zucchini. Our beans are producing very well, the amount we picked today was about seven kilo's. It took about an hour and a half to process them and get them into the freezer, we won't need to buy beans over the next twelve months. I enjoy this time of the year planting out the garden, then caring for the plants and watching them grow. Most of all harvesting the product of our labour. Got to love that....
Finding time to update my blog has been impossible lately due to a son spending time in hospital, visiting twice a day most days. Also working six days a week for the past three weeks there has not been much time to myself. It does not matter how old your children are you never stop being their mum. I have managed to take a photo or two as flowers open, some are short lived so didn't want to miss them. Here is a photo of the first flower from my Lilium Vermeer, I bought these bulbs from Tesselaar Tulip Fesrival earlier this year.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I was given some bulbs from a lady on free cycle who was cleaning up her garden, she had lots of bits a pieces to give away. Not having pen and paper with me I was unable to write down the names of bulbs I was given. So I planted them and was pleasantly surprised by some of the flowers that bloomed. One being Gladiolus x colvillei - Blushing Bride, very attractive this one, flowering here in Victoria September-October.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
My Russelia equisetiformis common name Tangerine Falls is in flower and looking lovely at the moment. This small evergreen shrub is grown for it's showy pendant clusters of tangerine tubular flowers, which appear from Spring to late Autumn along it's wiry, rush-like stems. Tangerine Falls is ideal for hanging baskets and decorative tubs, it also comes in firecracker red and yellow form. My plant is growing in a large pot under the canopy of a large tree and is healthy and happy, I love it's draping/weeping/ cascading growth habit.. This plant is a winner for me, so much so that I went out and bought a firecracker red form....
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals, the humble pansies make a superb massed display in garden beds or a feature of their flowers in pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Breeding has produced many bi-coloured varieties some with face like centre markings, making them a striking addition to any garden. New spreading varieties make a wonderful display in hanging baskets.
Friday, November 4, 2011
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Not much time for my blog over this past two weeks, son returned from overseas with his beautiful young lady Riya. Much of my time spent helping them find a place to live and then helping them get settled. So nice to have them back home, I'm looking forward to a wedding next year an exciting time for them both.
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Friday, October 14, 2011
Working at a wholesale nursery does have it's benefits, staff sales are where I buy my flower seedlings by the tray to re-plant my garden for summer colour. I bought Pansy and Petunia this week and have planted them in mass groups to add effect and colour to the garden.
Friday, October 7, 2011
The wattle in Australia are the largest genus of flowering plants. There 1380 species of acacia in the world and Australia has about 985.
Wattles are natural pioneer plants, they are the first to germinate after fire or flood. Being nitrogen fixers they help enrich the soil and provide protection for other seedlings growing underneath in a natural succession of the bush.
The word wattle comes from green sticks called 'wattles' which were used to reinforce walls made of mud and clay. The clay was then packed in between and over the top of the wattles and allowed to dry. Acacia branches are very flexible and well suited to being used as wattles, hence the name wattle became associated with acacias.