I wandered around the garden yesterday, marvelling at the progress we’ve made since we moved in to a neglected pit full of beach sand, couchgrass, weeds, and rubble only a few short months ago.
Here are some of the highlights of the little native garden that was my Mother’s Day present.
For our overseas Hoydenizens: kangaroo paws, Anigozanthos and Macropidia, are Western Australia’s floral symbol. They only occur naturally in Southwestern Australia, though they can be growable in other areas with a very similar climate and soil.
We haven’t put in the “proper” vegetable garden yet, but haven’t been able to resist putting a few things in the ground. We’ve been gorging ourselves on snow peas and sugar snap peas for weeks from the first batch of those, and we’ve a new set growing up though there is no sign that the old is going to stop cropping any time soon.
Something is eating the bok choi and the mini cauliflowers, so we’ll probably need to break out the Bacillus thurigiensis sometime soon, but they’re growing regardless. The raised herb garden up near the kitchen door is now in place and planted, with coriander and chives and flatleaf parsley and basil and lemongrass and a few other delights.
Corn is growing on nicely, with a few sunflowers in that bed for good measure, and a few bean plants are scattered around the place. We have three kinds of tomato seedlings growing beautifully.
The lemon, mandarin, and Tahitian lime trees have all found their feet, with the lemon particularly showing lots of new growth and a little fruiting (we’ll keep it to no more than a handful of fruits this first year). And my two pineapple guava trees, planted at the weekend, are looking ok so far.
What’s happening in your neck of the woods?