May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.

~Irish blessing

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Early Summer

Strawberries fattening up in the hanging baskets, hopefully out of reach of whatever ate the last ones!

Chamomile flowers starting to bloom.

Butter beans starting to emerge.

The modest and every so pretty californian cream poppy.

Tomatoes from a Tomato

I bought these fantastic tomatoes from the market. So sweet I just had to try growing some of my own. They may have cross pollinated, so who knows what I'll get, but that's half the fun.

All I did was scoop out the pulp...

and plant it in some potting mix.

Wild Jam

We are lucky enough to live nearby some public land where german immigrants, on arriving in a new country with little space of their own, planted mulberry and plum trees. The pioneers of guerilla gardening you could say.

The elderly planters still make their way down the the parklands regularly when the trees are in fruit, so I would only ever want to take a modest amount. Yesterday I collected a bowl of beautiful mulberries...

and made some divine mulberry jam.

And today a bowl of the sweetest wild plums you could imagine.

First Tomatoes of the Season

And the winner is... the Yellow Pear. Very exciting.

November Garden

Garlic, pulled up and plaited for drying...

This season's first meal of potatoes, bandicooted from the black plastic recycling bin they've been growing in amongst layers of sugar can mulch and newspaper. I have to say it's worked well and makes them so much easier to harvest than digging them out of the ground.

Freshly dug potatoes taste very similar to store bought ones, but they have the most incredible texture - smooth and remarkably creamy. For those that think they're not worth growing, you've got to try them.

Parboiled, squashed a little, then roasted in olive oil and garlic. Yum.

The first golden zucchini from the tub experiment.

Going well so far...

The summer wine barrel. Great to be able to grow these guys smack in the middle of the courtyard where they get full sun.

Had to get the string stakes up. The November heat wave shot the tomatoes up like crazy.

Last of the broad beans. Can't wait to plant these again.

Orchids in full flower, just because they're beautiful.

Blueberries ready to ripen. How am I going to stop the blackbirds this time?

September - October Garden

It's been a busy few months, with most of my spare time devoted to getting the summer plantings going, but little time to blog about it. I did atleast remember to take the camera outside occasionally, so here are a few snaps of the recent bounty.

Garlic, just starting to put out their scapes showing that they're almost ready for Harvest...

Beautiful broad beans. So delicious, wonderful nitrogen producers, and they looks so gorgeous with their pretty flowers and silvery foliage. I wish I could grow them all year round.

Lavender 'Bee Pretty'. The bees so love it too. One of the essential Herbes de Provence. Recipes anyone?

I love the blue flowers of borage.

Spring harvest - snow and snap peas.

The last little tomatoes of last year's season. Right into October - they are battlers. These two did ripen and were thrown into a yummy soup.

The successors - Reisentraube and Black Russians, saved from the peat pots and planted in their new straw beds. Ready, steady, go!

Amazing passionfruit flowers. Fingers crossed they will produce some fruit.

The wine barrel. Said goodbye to the brassicas and made a nice new home for the new summer crowd.

Zucchini in a big plastic tub I picked up at the tip. It's very deep which I'm hoping will make up for the lack of surface area.

A bee feasting on the 'Falling in Love' poppies.