I thought "that would get me organised to post on a semi-regular basis" and had myself hoodwinked so much that I even contacted Lizzie from Strayed from the Table and she sent me through details.
Unfortunately, that is as organised as it got folks, because the bit between when and where I was to post and paste links got me all bamboozled and then my feet got mixed up and there was that adventure and what-ho, its the end of June and no post has been forthcoming.
Henceforth and with alacrity, I shall give you a quickish whip-around, shall I?
The seemingly indigenous ferns have survived quite harsh treatment from visiting dogs in the past and are now working their way to the sunny corner that once had a Jade (or money) tree - which it seemed was pretty, pretty useless in its famed "money" gathering but very, very good at hiding paper wasp nests.
V has planted Rocket, Wom Bok, Pak Choi,Parsley and Coriander in this space, joining the Thyme, Oregano and Sage (or "dinosaur sage" as my workmates refer to it, as the leaves grow to an enormous size). You will note there is no Pak Choi in the photo collection, and that is because it is all in our tummies - it was too good!!!
Whenever it rains here - and it does rain here, indeed it does - we get a moat form and, due to neighbouring blocks all being built up and garden beds blocking all drainage - it takes a long time to go away.
On top of this, as you can see, we have neighbours. They aren't too intrusive or obnoxious but they are most definitely THERE - and no doubt to them, we are HERE - so as a two-fold attack, V has been putting in screens and breaks and drainage routes to try and gain privacy and a way to soak up some of the sod. Definitely a work in progress.
The Frangipani tree has been here since forever. When we first moved here in 2006, it had a large circle of dirt surrounding it, as the mower man had a great belief in Round Up as weed control. In fact, every edge had a good 2" gap between the grass and the cement, because he seeminly much preferred to poison to edging. Many years, many hand-picked clover patch and a few miracles have now seen this gorgeous (albeit dormant) specimen rising from a ring of stones (courtesy of the abovementioned fill). She gives lovely creamy flowers every Spring - and has now been joined by a dwarf pink variety and another cream in a different corner of the garden.
Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who admire her, and she can be quite alive with ant activity whenever it rains (and have I mentioned it rains?) and therefore the "wouldn't it be great to be a kid clambering up those limbs" thought gets very severely kyboshed.
We have planted sweet peas and peas in this little patch. There is one problem with planting both of these plants in the same bed - and that is knowing which is which. Given I was having panic attacks earlier in the week about the lack of flying insects I have seen this year, scratching my head over whether to harvest the flat snows or wait until puffed by peas is a pleasant problem to contemplate.
all good chilli trees, beginning life as a bargain bin hidden gem but bearing great sensations for many a meal, creating tradition - and strawberries courtesy of Mum's garden. We have a lot yet to learn (and are eager students) much about strawberries, but the bounty thus far has been favourably received.
This bed is a mixture of nostalgia and hope. During ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, this bed held a very promising crop of corn - unfortunately one of the surprisingly more-pleasant (relatively speaking) aspects of that was the high winds, winds that V valiantly tried to shield his corn crop from with judicious use of Paris' cubbyhouse - yet the winds prevailed and the crop of corn failed. A month or so hence, out of an old compost pile, a small number of seedlings emerged, and V has carefully brought them into the sunshine and, despite the unsolicited advice from one of the neighbours, is hoping that good intentions will overcome the spoken fact that "corn does not produce in the Winter months". Just your regular Accepted Science vs Optomistic Belief corner of the garden.
The interesting purple leaf belongs to Mustard, a green that is awesome for the compost, apparently. We have tested the edibility and, while definitely palatable and gotta be healthy for you reviews, have yet to find the secret to admire the flavour without either drowning it or being subsumed. Or it could just be we have a unique crop - but I have not yet ceded to defeat in that matter.
Yes, there are more Wom Bok here also - obviously the Winter Sun is still a little too eager to allow the leaves to form ball (or whatever the technical term is), but I have hopes of the results being okay - although I feel that regarding it for too long may not be conducive to this outcome.
The giant tomatoes are there entirely by their own choice and design. All we do is keep the numbers of these triffads down to manageable and attempting to keep them from certain beds in hope of eventually getting good soil balance (and defy nemotodes) with some sort of crop rotation - again, science is creeping up on divine intervention here.
However, over the years (and it appears they are years I didn't label any of my posts and therefore cannot find the relevant posts for perspective), the shrub has been pruned and shaped and the undergarden has been formed from compost and leaf litter and lawn clippings and self-seeded everything grows in abundance.
See that sweet purple flowered plant? That is Borage. I have to remind myself of that several times a day, as I know V got very excited about Borage and Comfrey after he went to a Permaculture Workshop earlier in the year (amongst other things - including Amaranth with boiled eggs) and I always think its the other. Or maybe it is.
Anyway, usual blurb on the tomatoes - I did get close to them whilst on crutches to give a good prune, because that is my forte in the garden - I wield a good secatuer.
And as you see, we are looking forward to both a rather bumper crop of Sweet Potato Leaves but perhaps even may emulate last year's underground bounty.
Here is that bit of the yard that is so handy. Its where stuff gets put. This is an essential part of any working garden, I have found.
Just along from there you can see our neighbours. Hopefully soon, we will be able to say "just along from there, you can see the great bamboo screen" but they are still young and as a result, we and the neighbours either have to force greetings or ignorance at the sudden appearance of the other while relaxing in our respective spaces.
Mind you, with V's earthmoving, we may eventually be able to build a wall - no?
The South-Western side gets nearly fully sun come Summer, and those hippeastrum give great bloom in November. Last year when I lifted and separated the bulbs, I had hundreds moved to other parts of the garden from this bed - all from one clump (a large one, admittedly) when I first moved here. It is quite a luxury, actually, to be able to just plant them wherever and, if they fail, it can be called composting!
The Lime tree is the only survivor of 3 fruit trees we got for our wedding - but it is worth 100 trees. Unfortunately we have had to be quite strict with Neeming and Banding it, as ants have been farming aphids with great success - I got less than a dozen limes this season after a bumper crop last year - but I have high hopes for next season.
There is so much to say about this picture - about the neighbour and his widow and the meaning of that yellow-flowered vine and the pruning of it; about the punk bottle-brush; about the blocks of flats; about the bales of hay - its a work in progress.
This front flower-bed is going through flux - the marigolds have just been trimmed of all but new buds and I envisage they will go by then end of the month - but they come back - as do the wierd hybrid flowers that are self-seeded and apear to be a mix of some fire-something flowers and some coral-something flowers that a seedlings guy at a market gave to 'Salina several years ago to encourage her in gardening. The Ponytail Palm is another yarn and happy to be part of our garden family. Paris is having a marvellous time watering and getting wet and cheeky. The dirt in the background is plans for the future strewn with today's garden waste because who knows, one of its incarnations may be a Marigold Strip!
A friend gifted me this plant. She doesn't know what it is, nor do I. At one point we thought it may have been a Galangal, as it has a very distinct (but we can't quite place) perfume when disturbed, but the rhizomes aren't pink enough to convince us.
For some reason, this was pruned. I may have been responsible.
We have learned much about Happy Trees. We have learned it is not a good idea to plant it beneath a building. We have learned fairytale morals about cutting and creating more.
Anyway - I have the post almost finished with 9 minutes to spare - I hope you enjoyed the meander.
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