Saturday, 28 July 2012
Our national flower is the golden wattle - Acacia pycnantha which grows in the southern states.
Our local wattles are related but different species - beautiful none the less with the distinctive wattle perfume. There are many different species throughout Australia and during Winter they tranform our bushland into green and gold.
They inspired Australia's sporting colours so it is fitting that they are blooming at the moment.
I awoke this morning to the amazing opening ceremony for the London Olympics. I loved the drama, the history, the music, the humour, the spectacle, the symbolism of the cauldron and the fact that all countries included female competitors.....the hope for the future. I loved every moment.
In contrast to many Australians, I'm not a sporting fanatic but I must admit the Olympics are something very special. Where else do we see all the countries of the world come together like this? Where else do we get the chance to share the moment when someone achieves a life-long dream?
I will be watching every chance I get.
I will probably shed a tear at some stage.
I will be one of millions and millions throughout the world doing the same.
....... and I will be cheering for the green and gold.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Every summer they send up their new shoots and each year they're taller and thicker than the previous year. So far, I'm not worried. We have an acre of land and the bamboo doesn't impact on the rest of the garden, but occasionally I do wonder just how big some of them will eventually grow.
We chose species that are clumping, not running, and most form tight clumps. Throwing a handful of fertiliser into the centre of the clump at the start of their peak growing season helps them to stay in a tight clump as well - plus knocking off the odd culm that comes up where you don't want the clump to spread can help too. The painted bamboo has the most open clump. Because it's in the back corner, we've let it fill that space.
This is a relatively new acquisition. We bought it 3 years ago. It is very large bamboo - actually a giant. For the first couple of years the new growth was quite small and thin but I think its established now and last summer we saw the first distinctive black and white cane. (I can't wait to see what it does next summer after all the rain we've had.)
Schizostachyum brachycladum ‘Yellow’ (Sacred Bali Bamboo)
|7 years old|
|3 years old|
They provide an enormous (and I mean enormous) amount of mulch which all gets used around the garden.
Sunday, 15 July 2012
I started thinking that my plants must be sulking because they're missing the sun.
My weeds are the healthiest they've ever been. Who said there were no flowers? This is just a selection.
To see some great blooms check out all the blogs that have joined Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I'm guessing though that none of them have such a big variety of weeds in bloom.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' is a succulent and originates from Central America. So it’s not from Mauritius and it’s not hemp. Neither is it from Bali and it’s not really an agave although the leaves are somewhat similar.
They are related to the Agaves (cousins) and they look like they belong in Balinese-type gardens, plus Balinese agave is much easier to pronounce than it's real name.
I couldn’t find any connection with Mauritius but the leaves of Furcraea foetida can apparently produce sisal (twine) somewhat similar to hemp twine.
Whatever you call it, this is a spectacular plant. I know it enjoys our sub-tropical climate, but with a little research I found it‘s also recommended for desert gardens.
It will tolerate heat. It’s frost hardy to -7C (according to the experts) and it’s not fussy whether it gets a little or a lot of water. Nothing seems to worry it. There are no spikes or barbs like some agaves. It’s fast growing and each year or so produces one or two pups. We started with one and now have three. - My kind of plant.
But (there's always a but) you will need a lot of space. They will grow to about 3m diameter.
Monday, 9 July 2012
The time went too quickly but we did fit in lots of playing time and a visit to a zoo while I was there.
Sunday, 1 July 2012
The Bok Choy and the rocket are powering ahead.
The spinach are doing OK too.
There are even some flowers on the snow peas.....
and the strawberries.
The broccoli looks healthy but hasn't started to form any heads yet.
Everything is enjoying the sunshine today.