I’ve had to take preventative measures to stop the local possum family from marauding through my little garden and snacking on everything, including flowers…they loved the violas! So the garden is now covered with a large tent like sheet of bird mesh, supported by a small tough willing bush in the centre. It seems to have worked. Now the garden has a very strange appearance, like some ghostly apparition in the evening light, but at least I can pick salad items and not be disappointed. We love our native wildlife but sometimes it can be really annoying!
My little garden is showing some progress, even though the weather is cool. The flowers and herbs are enjoying it even if growth is a lot slower. I’ve had to protect the parsley and lettuce with pot covers at night due to some sort of marauder; not exactly sure what it is! But this strategy has worked fairly well. So it’s all progressing along nicely and I’m picking lettuce leaves, rocket, basil and parsley to use in cooking so I’m very happy with that. The marigolds, violas and pansies seem happy and healthy and are flowering brightly. Getting a lot of joy from this small garden, and working simply and quietly in it. Here’s a few pics, including one weird photo of the pots covering plants before evening sets in.
There’s always something to see in my garden, even if it’s only a small thing. Today the first camellia of the season opened, and it’s a great pleasure to be greeted by this autumn’s camellia bounty. We have only a small tree, about a metre high, but it produces lots of flowers; many when I remember to fertilize it! The tiny Brown Leaf Curling spider is abundant at the moment, in fact I’ve never really noticed them before…this year there’s lots…all hiding out in their little dry curled leaves. They stay inside their homes, mostly, but if you look closely you can see their tiny legs poking out from one end….very cute. And finally the cocoon/home of the case moth has been attached to a tree. I didn’t know it was there until some branches were removed in the backyard, and things such as this were revealed. The moth has actually left this stick case so no one’s at home. The bag itself is just left hanging. I was fascinated and a little scared of these when I was a child. Sometimes the grub drags its home around if it’s looking for a good spot to attach itself. Here’s some photos I took this afternoon…hope you enjoy!
This last month I’ve begun the task of creating a new garden. I haven’t undertaken such a task for many years, and what a pleasure it is! Despite this being very hard work physically I’m enjoying the process so much.
The garden was initially small but I’m gradually expanding outwards, clearing weeds and unwanted larger plants as I go. Interestingly the deep rooted weeds have assisted in breaking down the bad quality soil and making it quite friable. First up, a layer of lawn clippings and sugar cane mulch was added. Underneath I’d placed layers of newspaper to block weed growth. When I checked under this a couple of weeks later I found many small garden worms, so it didn’t take long to have a lovely growing environment being created. Some bags of compost were purchased (haven’t made my own yet) and I moved the top layer away and laid compost down. Small herbs were planted into this yummy compost layer, and the mulch was reapplied.
Some plants died in the late heat wave we then experienced, but I’ve replanted more. The basil, mint and rocket did really well from the start…must be very hardy! Now, in the slightly cooler weather, things are going along nicely and I’ve already used some basil and rocket. Last week I added oregano, rosemary and some tough marigolds, and they’re going fine….also a couple of patches of bergamot seeds…hoping to get some nice flowering plants from that! I’ve placed my two pottery goddess figurines in the garden….one is a fierce protecter type, and the other is more of an earth mother fertility goddess….go ladies; do your work! ( I made these figures many years ago as part of an art exhibition).
I’ll keep you posted about how it’s all progressing, as new things are planted and the garden size expands. If you’ve got a little bit of land or space try growing a garden….it brings such joy, and small creatures will visit also!
This month, and its getting on fast, being xmas eve, I’d like to talk briefly about the painting “Lakeland Garden”. I made this work earlier this year for an exhibition, which featured the idea of garden. This artwork is very atmospheric, and painted in muted hues. I love its mood…its very soothing and contemplative….the lake is merely suggested, and the trees are just suggested shapes. The vision is one of moving through a mist filled scene of a watery landscape….a beautiful piece to meditate upon.