Our gardens are an on going project. Lots of hard work but I love the results. The cottage garden is often receiving new additions and they seem to enjoy their place in the garden beds. The tomatoes are almost finished now as we move into autumn, but flowers and shrubs are very happy with the heat of summer over. I’ve started a small section of the vegetable bed which will be extended with time and have added some herbs: tarragon, Vietnamese mint, and another sweet tall growing mint who’s name I can’t recall. Some sawtooth coriander will join them in the strawberry area. It’s been mulched now, with compost underneath. Pawpaws and a babaco have been planted in a protected spot, and fruit trees are going crazy!…Limes literally by the bucket load, the lemon tree with heaps of fruit and the single passionfruit vine gives buckets of fruit also. Very yummy! I’ve tried so many lime recipes!..Lime pie, lime butter, lime cordial, lime pickle. All were (and still are) really tasty! We’ve even added a little fairy garden behind some hydrangeas. I’m just popping in a few pics…there will be more coming up in the near future! This is an incredibly abundant place to garden and I feel very blessed.
Now that spring is definitely in the air, it’s been time to get out into the garden and plant some spring/summer seedlings. The days have been a little warmer and also the evenings but we never experience anything too cold here in Brisbane….it’s a sub-tropical climate. I planted petunias in late autumn, and they were a bit sluggish but now with some warmth they’re flowering away with an incredible deep purple shade in double blooms…so spectacular. Replanting today, in the main veggie/herb garden should see some cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchinis for summer as well as a few lettuce again. I’ve sown seeds from the old basil, and put in little radish and borage seeds. Brand new marigolds will have to be planted as the old ones are coming to an end. It’s marvellous to get out into the garden on a pleasant sunny day, and enjoy a bit of physical labour. The bees are happy about the garden too, and have been seen on all the flowering plants, so I’m happy about that….always good to see bees and other insects. Things generally manage to balance themselves out with pests being eaten by other insects and birds. Taken a few pics for your enjoyment.
Our little garden has gone quite well over winter. I’ve been using lettuce, (just picked and ate a lovely salad with brown mignonette…yum) and am harvesting the broccolini now. The herbs are doing well, and the flowers too. Been preparing and expanding the area in readiness for spring and summer crops of tomato, cucumber and zucchini, as well as more lettuce, basil and rocket. I’ll plant warrigal greens soon which is an indigenous plant good in stir fries, soups etc. and also some borage seeds. Soon the rocket and basil seeds will be collected and sown into seedling mix. It’s lots of fun, even if sometimes hard work.