Saturday Garden

It’s a midsummer garden, so there’s not a whole lot going on except brown, dusty, and dry. Here’s what is.

The melaleuca is flowering, in a mix of purple, pink and white flowers:



The pineapple guavas have found their feet and are growing quite nicely:




These tomatoes under shadecloth are trying really hard to survive the heatwave:


These older ones are just about done:


The next generation:


And the established grevilleas, eucalypts, and woolly bush are doing well.

grevillea and woolly bush

corner of grevilleas


What’s happening in your environs? Anything green or edible?

Categories: Life

11 replies

  1. My Mum’s just started a raised garden bed at about waist-height because she can’t bend over and garden due to her back, but we’re huge on gardening and saving money and keeping our carbon footprint small that way. She’s growing basil, tomatoes and something else I forget what it is. We have to have shade-cloths and stuff up because we have a huge group of ravens living here. They’ll dig up anything that even smells interesting. Buggers! 🙂
    I love how Australian plants tend to do well in the heat. Kinda makes me wondrous of nature!
    Beautiful garden, btw. Those tomatoes look DELICIOUS!

  2. Oh, we have ravens around here, but they haven’t found our garden yet! Basil. I need to plant basil soon. I miss basil.
    I think that our initial indigenous-plant experiments are yielding pretty solid results in that our microclimate and soil adores grevilleas and melaleucas and kangaroo paws, so we’re soon to plan out some of the empty dust-spaces and chuck a whole bunch more of those in, come the rains. Yay!

  3. The blood plums have just ended, but the rate the corn is growing, NASA should just tie a rope to the tip and tie the other end to an astronaut. It’d save a few billion dollars on the next moon mission. Before I planted them, I never knew lettuce grew vertically. I thought they just grew in width. But that hardly matters, because I’ve been trying to eat all the beetroot leaves before they take over the world.
    The native plants are encouraging lorikeets and tiny little black and yellow buggers. Sometimes I put fruit scraps out for the lorikeets, but I think it’s the wattlebirds that eat it.

  4. And I think I have one of those woolly bushes, except it’s got a tag saying emu bush (I don’t know, it’s a rented house). Mine has little yellow flowers that attract a million types of tiny flappy honeyeaters.

  5. Kim: I think your emu bush might be an Eremophila? This sort of thing? The Albany woolly bush has tiny red flowers.

  6. Roses ! I can just about hear them growing, and if I didn’t know better, I’d say they’re trying to take over. I know better, only because it’s the vines that’ll take over instead. On the other hand, it’s not all hot and dry here, I’m in a little pocket of Melbourne that gets quite a bit more rainfall than most of the city, so between the rain and the rainwater tank, it’s possible to keep most things alive (except the lawn, which is brown except where we haven’t weeded yet).

  7. @lauredhel Yep, that’s definitely a vegetable.
    /plant knowledge
    But the birds like it, and it doesn’t require any maintenance, so I’d like to plant more of them one day. Maybe when I have that inner-city rustic cottage…

  8. I have an Albany woolly bush, but it’s only grown about 30cm in 18 months. It’s in the driest, sunniest spot in the garden, but I think it’s still too cold and damp for it, poor thing. For comparison, our tomatoes are doing well – we’ve had about 8 cherry tomatoes so far and the rest are coming along nicely. Last year we didn’t get any until the end of March! The basil is great, and the eggplants are blooming but not yet fruiting. Most of my garden is 50 years old and very well established, so I don’t water anything other than the vegies, just prune (which can be tricky with my vertigo!)

  9. Heh, my garden is pretty much the opposite of yours; it’s wet and soggy. I haven’t been able to work in it for a while because of the storms, so it’s looking a little ragged around the edges.
    My daffodils are coming up (too early), the jasmine plants are taking off, and I seem to have a mole problem. Too bad the feral cats which poo in my garden all the time can’t do something about the moles…

  10. Oh dear, no, poor moles!
    We have corn almost ready to eat, zucchinis by the dozen, tomatoes (usually with holes in them from the birds, but still edible), lots of herbs… oh, and beans going bananas but no actual beans on them yet. OH and rhubarb!

  11. I’m just starting to get the garden back from absolute drought status – it’s a rental place, and the house was vacant for about two months before we moved in (October – November in Perth… or in other words, just the point where human intervention becomes necessary), which meant the garden didn’t get much looking at. I’ve started sprouting up seedlings in those little peat potlets on the kitchen windowsill (I’ve just planted out some dwarf beans, and currently I’m waiting on some cucumber, zucchini and silverbeet to germinate). Then they’re all going into the existing raised-bed garden, which is currently occupied by two red geraniums, about a gazillion variegated-leafed lillies (or at least that’s what I think they are – big leaves, and iris-y sort of flowers in bright yellow), a white-flowering native iris, a patch of irises, a whole heap of agapanthus (which reminds me – must get a “beware of the agapanthus” sign for the gate to replace the existing “beware of the dog” one), an ornamental fig, and a rather straggly and overwhelmed cocos palm. I have plans to get some hanging baskets and patio hooks for same so I can plant out more herbs and hopefully keep them free of snails. Then I can start dealing with the side garden bed on the other side of the house, which is currently just sand and a few rather persistent red-flowering geraniums. Oh, and I have to get another sprinkler for the back lawn (or repair all the broken pop-up sprinklers in the front garden), and another length of hose (so I can actually water the side garden stretch).
    Fortunately, the front garden has a plane tree, which is a wonderful supplier of mulch. Drops leaves like they’re going out of style, and all I have to do is sweep the driveway and the patio, and I have another metre of the raised bed mulched up.

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