Friday, 19 October 2012


Spring in Western Australia is wildflower season. You don't have to go far to find them. They are growing beside the road.



I can recognize a couple, but not many so I won't try to name them. Some may even be weeds rather than native flowers, but they look good anyway.

We fly home tomorrow. The time has gone so fast, but it will be nice to get back to Missy and the garden.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.

No gardening has been happening for the last week or so at our place. John and I are taking a short break away. We left Missy at home with my son (who has printed guidelines of feeding and watering schedules for the fish, chooks, plants and Missy of course) and took a 6 hour flight to the other side of Australia, then a 3 hour drive south from Perth.

The plane window was a bit dirty but that is the southern coast of WA. The Margaret River region is known for its wineries and produce. Apparently there are 186 wineries in the area. We lost count of how many we visited to sample their wares but it was not even a tenth.The wineries range from small family owned, very simple affairs to grand estates.

I took the iPad with me to keep up with the inter webs and do a couple of posts while we were there but therewas no coverage where we stayed. We're back in Perth now for 5 days so I am going to try to catch up,but I'm not good at using the iPad for blogging. (we did discover it makes a great GPS though)
We took a bus tour for one of the days so we could both have lots of samples.It included lessons on the hows and whys of wine tasting.
As well as the wineries, there was a chocolate factory, cheese factory, nougat factory and fudge factory - all with free samples.

If we'd stayed much longer I would have looked like this guy I think.

We also did lots of sightseeing along their wonderful coastline and took pinkies of the wildflowers growing by the roadsides, but that will be for another post.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A working weekend

We've just had a long weekend - 3 days off. No holiday for us though. We stayed home and worked in the garden. In case you think we've been spending all our time out looking at other gardens lately, I thought I'd show you that we have been busy. The vegetable patch has it's winter crops removed and lots of new seedlings emerging.

Rocket, shallots, bok choy and lettuce

Some herbs, beetroot and baby squash not quite ready to plant out yet

In our garden, Spring isn't so much a time for showing off flowers, as it is preparing for Summer. We've been pruning, weeding and mulching. John has been shredding all the prunings to make mulch for the garden. I have been doing some mega-weeding. The weeds have been flourishing with this warm weather. We bought a couple more trailer loads of our favourite soil improver - mushroom compost and aged cow manure and dug it through the gardens.

Baby Golden Cane Palms

Dozens of little palm trees had self-seeded in the garden. I don't know if any will survive but I couldn't just throw them in the compost bin. I'm sure (if they do survive) we'll find someone who wants them.

 John has now removed most of the inflorescences from the palms. The birds won't be happy but they were making a real mess.
Some cuttings ready to plant out soon - mainly coleus

I've started removing pups from the bromeliads and repotting them.

A few op shop finds have been planted with succulents

Amongst all of this work in the garden there's been a patient to care for. Poor Missy hasn't been able to do much supervising for the last few days. She's been sick. After a visit to the vet, some medication and some TLC she seems to be on the mend now. She's started looking for her dinner again which is a good sign. It's strange not having the supervisor making sure I'm doing it right.


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