Thursday, 3 July 2008

Starting a vege patch

Celery, lettuce, shallots, cabbage, bok choy, strawberries, tomatoes, snow peas, zucchini, egg plant, chiilies and herbs. Baby squash, chinese cabbage, cucumber, capsicum and onions.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

The Bamboo

The boss loves his bamboo. We have quite a few different types - Budha Belly, Sacred Bali, Gracilus, Timor Black, and Ghost Bamboo. With the rain lately they've all taken off and are sending up new corms.
Sacred Bali

Timor Black

Budha belly  - about a year old

Monday, 11 February 2008

I went outside the other day and got the shock of my life. 5 chooks had moved in. They have their own house. Talk about spoilt. I have to share my house with John and Ros.
Ros got them while John was away visiting Melanie Steve and Pip.

Apparently They're an extra lawn mower for John. You move their pen around the yard and they eat the grass.
Don't know what else they do.
Their names are Flo, Doris, Marj, Gladys and Elsie.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Christmas 2007

Ros and I were busy putting up Christmas trees (yes more than one) and the other decorations. I’ve had to check out the teddies to make sure none will attack while we’re not looking. Some look a bit scary and some even talk to you, but I sorted them out, told them who’s boss.

John put up the outside lights. I wasn't allowed to help with that. They took me out the front on my lead for a look to see if I approved and they were nice I suppose. All three houses in our street had Christmas lights. I went for a walk to look at the neighbours’ lights. That was fun. There were dogs to talk to through the fence.
The bosses (John and Ros) went out to Christmas parties every weekend for the last month and I had to stay home and do guard duty. I call them the bosses, but of course we all know who’s the real boss.

I heard them say Santa was coming. Well, if he thinks he’s going to get into this house, he’ll have a ferocious dog to contend with. Unless he has Smackos or Liver Treats, of course. He must have got the message because I didn't see him. There were other visitors, though. Kaylene, Jon and Isaac were here for the Sunday before Christmas. Then David, Gill, Ryan, Tim, Andrew, Ada and Bev on Christmas Day.

The garden is looking healthy after some rain. The hibiscus, cannas, frangipanis and ixoras are all in flower. The bamboos are sending out new shoots. The gingers and heliconias are looking good too. They’ve spread wonderful smelling stuff like Charlie Carp and blood & bone around the garden.
My favourite pastime, when I’m not eating, sleeping or playing with a squeaky, is chasing lizards. They’re an illusive and cunning prey (That's why I’ve never actually caught one).

The Drought

During 2006 and 2007 South-east Queensland was in drought. Water restrictions meant that NO hosing of the garden was allowed. It was one of the worst droughts we have had – and our population has outgrown our water supply during dry conditions. On the media we were bombarded with hints on saving water. Some people became quite fanatical and to spill a drop of water was worse than spilling blood. Gardeners were looked on with suspicion and there were even letters to the local paper saying Brisbane had too many trees and parks.
We bought two rainwater tanks in Oct 2006 -- but the garden continued to be watered by bucket.


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