Sunday, November 23, 2014

And we have raspberries

We picked our first raspberries yesterday, it would have been earlier if those pesky birds hadn't gotten them first.  Liv and I had one each yesterday, then I netted the row.  Today, a small handful were ready.  I think most were from the Willamette variety, and one or two from the Sandford variety.  The Diggers Gold will fruit a bit later.  I'm liking the Willamette's, they don't have spikes on the stems, which makes it much easier to pull them out when they stray from their designated garden bed.  Very tasty too.  I think my old canes were from the heritage variety, but I had a series of mishaps with boggy soil and lost them all.  So I started with these new ones last year, this year we have fruit.  I hope to put some of these Summer treats on the Christmas table.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Myer Christmas windows Melbourne 2014

 Today we made our annual pilgrimage to the Myer Christmas windows.  This year, the theme was Santa Claus and the three bears, a mish mash of Santa and Goldilocks.  It was report writing day at school for the girls, so a day off.
 The crowds weren't too thick yet, but the windows are difficult to photograph because of the reflection of the windows.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rocketing along

 The garden has that spring explosion going on at the moment, some warm days, mixed with a bit of rain here and there makes it all lush and green, with some bright flowers thrown in to make it look cheery.  My first tomatoes of the season don't look too far away, little yellow cherry tomatoes when they are ripe.
 The first of the raspberries will certainly be ready before Christmas

 Potatoes have taken off after a soak of rain early last week
 Garlic will be ready soon as well
 Nice little crop of carrots
 Apricots looking happy.  Our fruit trees have been establishing themselves for the last few years, we should start to see some harvests from now on.
 Ripe strawberries!
 And a new member of the family, Violet the mini lop rabbit, an early birthday present for Liv

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spring garden

 The garden is coming to life at this time of year, some plants have already blossomed, some are yet to.  The poppies have started to pop, and the never fail bright orange calendula are making a pretty show.
 My chioggia beetroots are ready for picking, we've been enjoying them roasted.  Much nicer than pickled in vinegar beetroots!
 Garlic is looking good
 The more seeds these calendula drop, the more we'll have in the garden
 Flowering cherry blossoms are very pretty at this time of year
 Crimson flowering broad beans
 Sage starting to flower
 Our new beds are filling up, next job is to make gravel paths between them, and out to the wood oven
 Dwarf pear tree blossoming
 Avocado tree full of blossom and new growth, can't wait until it produces!
Our laundry windowsill is where we raise seeds, we need to some better shelving to fit it all in there.  It's been great to be able to potter in the garden these school holidays, with no time constraints, the kids have been planting seeds in the garden too, and playing outside a lot.  I've made soap, and baked a lot, and sewed a bit too.  We need to be home a fair bit to achieve all this, but that's ok with me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A trip to Lambley gardens

 Yesterday, with the kids having a sleep over at my parent's house, we decided to hit the road, and visit Lambley gardens and nursery, in Ascot, near Clunes in central Victoria.  It was a beautiful day, and the bees were buzzing in the avenue of flowering cherries.
 There is a mix of edibles and ornamentals, with an emphasis on dry tolerant plants.
 The homestead

A nice day out, didn't buy any plants, but I had ordered some for my new garden beds from there a little while ago, and they were very speedy with delivery.  I think it would be great to visit in autumn too.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Climate Action rally

 Here we are, yet again having a rally for action on climate change.  Today, in Geelong, we were part of a worldwide event to call on our leaders to act now on climate change.  Our prime minister decided not to attend the UN's emergency Climate Change Summit in New York.
 The girls and I walked/rode bikes down to the rally at Geelong's waterfront.  There was a good turnout, and it was a beautiful day.
I wonder how much longer we'll have to attend events like this?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cat thyme

I've never seen a cat go crazy for cat mint, but 2 little pots of cat thyme from Diggers arrived this morning, and I just noticed that Jonty has discovered them.  One has been knocked off the back porch, the other is being, hmm,  enjoyed by her.  Better get out and plant them before they are destroyed.