What a month this has been. I’m sure you all know what I mean. We did manage in the first week of the month to have a splendid 4 days in Sydney, celebrating our birthday with a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, then exploring the beauties of the cities gardens.
I scrolled back through my blog to look at March 2019. How normal that seemed when we had travelled to New Zealand and spent 4 weeks with family. Then I went further back into the archives and looked at March 2018.
I’m sure these carefree times will return. But in the meantime we must all “self isolate” and observe “social distancing”.
Our garden and art is a solace, filling in all the extra time I now have. For those who live in apartments, or don’t have a garden I would like to share what is flowering this month.
Come for a walk along the garden path…
In the ponds the water lilies open each day to greet the sun. I love the symmetry of their petals. Like soldiers on parade. A number of Jack’s quirky sculptures also share this area.
The Lilly Pilly bush has burst into an abundant display. The flowers are only small, but when the seeds form they can be eaten or made into jam. This year it looks as though I am going to have a good harvest.
During summer last year, I had made a decision. I would not grow so many vegetables, especially in pots. I had plans, at the back of my mind, to do more short term travel. Just a week here or a few days there. Exploring the area in approximately a 300 kilometre radius. Taking time to indulge in “plein air” sketching. Needless to say plans cannot be made for the future at the moment.
So I have changed my mind.
Autumn is the best time for starting plants in this sub tropical zone. So I went to buy seedlings and seeds at Bunnings, the huge hardware and gardening store It seems many more people had the same idea, when I went there they had been completely cleaned out of all vegie seedlings AND vegie seeds…
Here are my babies. What a drama to get these few. I asked when the next delivery was due in. Then on the scheduled day I turned up early and managed to get some. So silver beet, spinach, coriander are being carefully watched over, growing them on before transplanting into the garden or pots. The 3 tomatoes are being spoilt in the warmth of the green house.
The strawberries are looking healthy. We didn’t have much fruit this last season, but I’ve been told they fruit better from the second season on. That Ceylon Spinach is a good standby and this crop has self sown from last years plants.Jack’s second generation Desert Roses (adenium) are doing very well and will be ready to be moved on to bigger pots next spring.Finally this is one of our favourite Desert Roses, such a soft, delicate colour and so perfectly formed. Here’s another of Jack’s creations, Buddha celebrating life. Staying happy and positive..
Thank you Su (Zimmer Bitch) for hosting this monthly “Changing Season” challenge. Now more then ever it is a joy to look back over previous months and see how things change but still essentially stay the same