One of the fortunate things about my new life as an erratically employed freelancer is that I get more time off to do gardening, whether I want the time off or not! The pay is lousy but the lifestyle is terrific. As a result, my garden looks rather tidy at the moment. As the heading for this post says, spring started weeks ago, so this posting is nothing more than a wander around my happy and unusually tidy spring garden.
|For me, this light, fresh green is the true colour|
of spring. In this case it's the top leaves of my
potted Turkish Brown fig.
|Flowers do announce the new season nicely, and our potted native|
orchids are producing sprays of these tiny, fragrant little blooms.
|Small but perfectly formed orchids less than an inch across|
from side to side, the other nice thing about them, speaking
as a gardener, is that they are very easy to grow.
|Our two lavender bushes have been blooming|
their heads off for a month, the bees love them
and they aren't looking like slowing down any
time soon. I've added its fellow Mediterranean
classic, the rosemary, to keep them company.
|Wet weather can truncate the show of the superb|
scadoxus, but with hardly a drop for the last few
weeks they're putting on their best show ever.
|The end of winter is one of the two times of the|
year when my in-ground citrus are fed, and a
week ago our garden was resplendent with the
heady aroma of chicken poo. Now the Eureka
lemon is flowering its head off quite fragrantly.
|Our potted Thai lime is clapping on a lot of|
deep maroon new growth, but as it's in a pot I
feed it lightly once a month, unlike the other
citrus trees growing here.
|I'm not going to say too much about the passionfruit vine|
trained on my neighbour's garage wall, other than to report
that it's ludicrously lush and green, and has no flowers and
is doing sod-all in the way of producing fruit yet.
|The small gaggle of garlic plants raised from|
sprouted supermarket cloves is growing on well.
|I told you the garden looks neat and well mulched at the moment.|
I pulled out the winter crop, dug it all over as usual, then planted
seedlings of lettuce, basil and chillies, along with pretty little French
marigolds for some colour. The round bare patch on the right
rear is where I am raising Collard greens direct-sown from seeds.
The Collard greens came with the Soulicious eBook cookbook
Pam and I bought from our friend Awia Markey.
|New plants have been added recently, too.|
This row of four Gardenia magnifica should
grow to about 2m tall and cover up that
white Colorbond fence. I am hoping for dense
glossy green growth, white fragrant flowers
in summer and no problems, please!