Wattle on my morning walk

Beautiful blossom.  I always think of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

This is a piece of artwork by May Gibbs, the author of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

If you don’t know of the book it is an old-fashioned favourite of children in Australia.

There is a link here to information and illustrations by May Gibbs.  Well worth a look although it may take a little time to load depending on your browser.

It isn’t summer but I have passionfruit

I have posted previously about how we had difficulty in finding a passionfruit plant that would grow in our garden but we eventually succeeded with Norfolk Island Black.

During the summer months we had flowers that did eventually turn into fruit but we are still waiting for them to ripen.  As you can see from the photo the fruit looks ok but the exterior is still green.  We are now in the last month of winter, maybe they will be ripe when we get more sun in the spring?  Any ideas on that?


Some serious garden renovation

We have two vegetable garden beds and they have not been producing as well as they should and we had finally decided that the reason for that is the invasion of roots from the pittosporum hedge.

I have completely dug up one bed and am now in the process of doing the same to the second bed.  It has taken a great deal of hard work to dig down deep and remove all the offending roots.  It is amazing that the roots have penetrated all the way along the bed from the hedge to the other end.  It was a miracle that anything had managed to grow at all although weeds seem to have no difficulty.

You can see from this shot that I am about half way along the second bed so I should get it finished in another day.

I have now completed the digging and have managed to get some seedlings and seeds planted.  I also transplated some of my strawberry plants.  I reduced the number of plants by about half.  I also transplanted the parsley and it seems to be doing fine.  Those are peas under the netting as we have an issue with bower birds eating our plants.