Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Little man and I were admiring the blooming tulips along our driveway when we discovered loads of green juicy aphids attacking the poor tulips. They have been planted here along the shady driveway so this welcomed those pesky creatures. My son and I had fun squishing (sounds cruel) the aphids, esp my son.
Mid-winter, and all the daisies are flowering their heads away.
Finally I divided up the very much neglected evening primrose plants. I threw away a lot and have about 6 pots left. I wonder how they will end up (I mean in terms of look)
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I have propagated a few pots of aoenium, the green and the black. They are all in pots at the moment. I am not sure where to place them or if I should plant them in the ground. Still planning and designing my flower patch in front of the living room windows and in front of the garage.
Love the beautiful architectural look.
My passionfruit panama red right out of our garage has survived attacks by slugs. It is now very green and growing. Got to figure out the supports soon because it is starting to climb.
The other passionfruit panama red is looking dreadful. The one above used to look like this after planting, so I am hopeful that this one will make it too. It is next to my front patio where lavender avon view used to be.
New artichoke green globe plants growing where the original plant is. Yeah!
I have protected my precious eggplant florianda with plastic. Feel so good after doing this job because I dont want my frost-tender plants to die!
Ermm...due to the mad weather, the jonquils under the plum tree emerged. Wonder what the result would be...
I have got calendulas growing here, along the fence behind the plum tree, next to the water tank. This is a very shady area and the soil is bad. Even though there is a layer of old weed mat underneath, the seeds germinated and are growing. I dont mind having calendula growing here to add some bright yellow colours. It has been a boring area and weeds easily grow here. Might as well have calendulas!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Here's two pictures I have taken of glorious daffodils blooming in Mansfield near Mt Buller. They are probably King Alfred daffodils. These are by far the most beautiful ones I have seen. The ones I have in my garden are Little Mist and are smaller. (see http://organic-is-better.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-dream-private-garden.html to see more pics of daffodils) Daffodils just take my breath away. Recently I taught my son William Wordsworth's poem on Daffodils. I told him I had learnt that poem when I was a teenager and even though I had never seen one before until I live here in Australia, the poem just illustrated how beautiful they must be and daffodils just got etched in my memory since then : Winter. It feels cold and gloomy much of the time. And windy too. But when we look around really carefully, we will notice that winter can be beautiful. Bare trees can look really pretty without their leaves. I thought it's artistic too! And winter is the time of recuperation, rejuvenation and quiet growth. Without winter, there wont be spring and flowering. Winter feels just like the 7th day when God rested after all the creating. And when I looked at my garden, there are the gorgeous flowers blooming in the midst of winter. How wonderful! A gorgeous perfect calendula flower with dew on its petals. I have no word to describe the beautiful blue on these marguerite daisies. They are small and many but the close-up shot of them is really pretty. When I used this picture as my desktop picture, even my husband who is not exactly a keen gardener commented that they looked gorgeous!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Yippee! My Christma present from the garden...the first gladioli has opened! Very pretty flower! Here's a picture of the patch taken from the road. This patch next to the garage was tough work but amazingly the plants are doing fantastic after a hard time establishing themselves.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
It's my second summer doing gardening. I welcomed some good rainfall on Tuesday and it is showering a little again today. Samuel and I found a ladybird on one of the chilli padi plants. I am not sure if that is the one I rescued from Coles supermarket few weeks back. It could well be. It seems comfortable on the plant and then I realised that there were actually aphids on the underside of some leaves. Good fellow..hope you have a great feast and get rid of them!
All my five calendula plants are doing great, flowering. Also some withered flowers have already produced seeds.
The two common mint cuttings took off fantastic and are growing fatter each day.
One nasturtium seedling emerged.
One strawberry delight runner growing into a new strawberry plant after I buried it in a small pot of mix. This way, I can keep having new plants without having to buy them. More runners developing from the mother plant.
A baby cucumber emerged from the vine. Several male flowers also have bloomed. I am trying to expose the two cucumber vines to buzzing bees for pollination as they are quite obscured by the pots and netting.
Another capsicum ripening to a bright orange. The smaller ones are ripening first. The two larger capsicums will get to grow larger before ripening. Cannot wait to snap a picture of that happening soon! Meanwhile more capsicum flowers are developing.
My purple king bean plants are also producing flowers.
And a baby purple king bean too!
Strawberry delight...yum...I harvested them before the earwigs did.
All three tomato silvery fir plants are doing great and putting on fruits. I had to prune off a lot of leaves to allow better air circulation.
I hammered a nail on top of the fence and used a string to secure the trellis for the bitter melon and cucumber (burpless). In summer during heatwaves, the wind can be extremely strong.
Also mulched the cucumber vines and bitter melon vine with sugar cane mulch.
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