Showing posts with label daffodil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daffodil. Show all posts

Friday, August 26, 2011

Busy Saturday

It was a really busy 3 hours I had out in the garden last Saturday.  I :
  • pruned my chilli padi plants.
  • thinned out my pak choy and gai choy/mustard green seedlings.
  • built a shade for my transplanted green globe artichoke plants & trimmed them.
  • sowed sweet corn and other vege seeds.
  • sowed lucerne seeds for green manure.
  • did watering.
  • deadheaded my daisy bushes.
  • deadheaded my King Alfred daffodils. 
I told my boy that this spring I would not grow any tomatoes.  We ate the frozen ones from last season really slowly.  One reason is that the frozen tomatoes thawed really badly.  They are so mushy that I could only use them for soupy dishes.  I have spoken too soon.  I found a few tomato seedlings growing in the big fig's pot and in the pixzee peach tree's pot. That was mid-winter and they were looking really purple and frozen.  They must be from seeds from the compost bin.  And they must be tomato silvery fir since I only grew that variety.  My first instinct was to let them die in the cold since I had no intention to do tomatoes.
But then two of the seedlings caught my eye, I knew I had to keep them. They were the two strongest seedlings. They looked really healthy, though purplish out in the freezing cold. What a tragedy to let them die when they were trying to survive!!! So I prepared two pots and pulled them out and planted them. I placed a newly-bought plastic cloche on them and let them get some sun.  With a little tender loving care, they are now no longer purple and looking even better.  Okay, tomatoes for the next season...
New chives emerging from the soil. Oh I just loving seeing life spring forth from the dead ground!
Our only plum tree has the whole tree full of white blossoms this year.  I sure hope to eat more than 10 plums this summer/autumn since we really did only had 10 or so each of last two years.
Very pretty white flowers lightly perfumed.
My Tung O plant (edible chrysanthemum) survived winter unscathed.  I gave it a light prunning to open the plant up and remove the browner branches.  I use this vege for steamboat/hot pot or Japanese Miso soup.  It is nice by me but my hubby doesnt want too much of it.
This is the shade I have set up for my green globe artichoke plants.  The weather forecast a really warm end to winter and I knew that my divided artichoke plants could not make it if I do not build them a shade.  Imagine, a shade in winter! Sounds crazy! Well, they have been recently divided and replanted and kept wilting in the day, so I knew a whole week of warm sunshine would do them in. After building the shade, I also remove more whole leaves and halved some of the leaves, leaving only baby leaves behind.  I also watered them with a few rounds of seasol during the week and checked them every few days. That should make sure they really survive.  Now I am glad to have divided them in winter.  Imagine doing so in spring or summer, they would have die for sure.
A really trimmed artichoke plant, staked.
Here's the patch where I have sown sweet corn.  I used plastic fruit containers as cloche and weighed them down using decent sized white stones.
I deadheaded the King Alfred daffodils right out of my son's bedroom.  Now all they need is some good fertiliser to help them make bigger prettier flower heads for next season.
My chilli fire surived winter with the plastic protection.  Since it has now turned warmer, I removed the top plastic for it to get some sunshine.  I did that for my chilli padi plants too.
I had to thin out the pak choy and gai choi seedlings heavily in this raised vege patch because greedy me oversowed by a great deal! The remaining seedlings here are just about 1/5 or less than what I have removed! The work almost killed me.
I sowed some yellow capsicum, kang kong (water spinach), egg plant, cucumber and lady's finger seeds.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Miscellaneous Update.

I inspected my worm farm today. The lowest tray was certainly ready to harvest. Good that no many worms are living there. Those few that are are probably anti-social hehe... I harvested 1.75 buckets of compost ready to fertilise the vege patches.
I planted some bulbs of Siberia Oriental lilies where my calla lilies, daisies and rose shrub are. All except the rose are white which is what i want...same colour theme. These lilies are summer bulbs so I shall have some flowers in summer too.

The vege patch F is doing great though the vege are growing at snail pace due to the cold.
This jonquil below was not what I wanted. I had bought what I thought was daffodil bulbs from Dandenong Market but they did not turn out to be. So angry with the fellow who put a picture of a large yellow daffodil and told me they were daffodils.
The plum flowers are blooming. Looking forward to sweet plums in summer.
Snow peas are finally flowering. The winds have been really strong these few days. Hope that they wont be damaged.
This daffodil has bloomed under the plum tree out of Samuel's room. Not what I really wanted too. I thought the picture showed a yellow one? Now that I have thrown the packaging out, I cannot find out. At least it is a daffodil. Every morning, Samuel and I would peer out of his window to check if a new daffodil has far two!
Daffodil little mist! That's the yellow one below. I am having at least 8 in total and they are from last years' bulbs. Last year I had only two bloom but this year is good! Next year I hope even better. Getting greedy haha...
Pak Choy Purple and Pak Choy Green are coming to the end of their lifespan. They have flowered and I hope to collect some seeds. Amazingly, the flowers are very fragrant.
Samuel and I placed our noses so close to smell the flowers that we get yellow powdery pollen on top of our lips. :)
My beautiful candy tuft has flowered! First time! I lost one candy tuft on the left but at least this one on the right is staying alive. I may buy another pot to replace the dead one because two's better than one!
So pretty!

Monday, August 16, 2010

An Ugly Sight...Dreaming of a New Lawn...And Some Encouragement.

Every time I passed by a beautiful well-manicured lawn, I would be filled with envy and parked on the path dreaming. My front and back lawns are far from perfect, they are an eyesore. Bald areas with weeds of various kinds growing despite my husband's spraying weedkiller. And worse, the spraying killed the existing grass and produced the bald brown patches. I am working on doing a new lawn but am very doubtful it can be done this season. Is it really worth the money? How much is it going to cost? Can we really do it on our own? Many questions to be answered.
The back lawn - with bald patches and my pots. Dead area where traffic is high and low sun exposure causing bald slimy patch.
Front lawn also with bald patches and various weeds.
Side of Front lawn with more bald patches, uneven ground and weeds.
Well, at least there is some comfort out in the windy rainy morning. Some of my snow pea vines are flowering.
A good number of tulips have shooted from the ground near where the conifers and side gate are.
The straight green leaves near the green strings are the daffodils planted in 09. I have counted about 7 flower heads. Last spring, I only had 2 flowers. So encouraging to see more this year. And so encouraging to see that I may not be very far away from having my dream garden (see )
Well, the arum lily is considered a weed here (at least the white ones) but I reckon they are very beautiful. I have a handful harvested and put in a vase. Such a pretty sight!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Winter Can be Beautiful...

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 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!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Flowering Plants Growing

My gorgeous jadeplants have put on their tiny pink flowers. In fact, lots of neighbourns have these plants and they are all in bloom. Very nice! One calla lily flower is starting to un-twirl. Better get a nice picture before it opens completely.
I bought two packs of tulip bulbs from Bunnings and planted them around my two conifers. Samuel helped me with the planting and watering :
The three cyclamens are growing well at this spot under the pomegranate tree. The one in the middle has produced some white flowers but they are quite small.
These daffodils which I have bought from Dandenong Market have appeared from under the mulching. Their shoots look a little different from those I have bought in Tasmania. They are supposed to produce yellow heads, I do hope so because I only like the large yellow ones.
This pot of daffodils is doing great eversince I took it out from the garage. I predicted there was still life after the previous bath (which did not yield a single flower)and I was right. I hope for this season, I would see some flowers. I told myself that I will not fertilise the pot in any way this time. The bulbs were bought during our 09 trip to Tassie.
Over here, gorgeous daffodils at the patch next to the garage that died down last summer are coming up again, with even more shoots and I will expect more flowers this time. They are of the same type as those in the pot.
One of my candy tuft plants at the patch next to the garage has died leaving the one as shown above. A small part of it has also died and I pulled it out easily. Since its planting in early 08, it has put on a single flower. Disappointing.
My trailing kalanchoe in its pot has put on loads of buds. I thought it would be difficult to get it to flower from some reading up that I have done, but it has done so on its own. This beautiful plant has been the subject of moth caterpillars from spring to autumn and I had resorted to netting it. It has been resilient and sprang back with flower buds as mid-winter approaches.
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