Tiny ‘muscari’ or ‘grape hyacinths’, lush ‘hellebores’ and the early blooms of a ‘vireya’ rhododendron. We have just returned from a week in the snow and a walk around the garden on this dull August day brings many winter surprises. Now I must get amongst it and start the spruce up ready for October 5 – Open Garden!
Two years ago I excitedly planted garlic from the Diggers club and promptly lost it amongst a bed of ixia and sparaxis. I have planted the garlic mainly out on its own this year and look forward to harvesting Diggers’ ‘melbourne market’, ‘cream’ and ‘dynamite’ bulbs.
We put in a 14,000 L water tank in November 2013 and promptly cut up our old little tank into veggie planters which are working wonderfully to keep the possums/rats and even slugs and snails at bey.
Orange tree 2014
I wonder if the warm autumn has seen our abundant oranges drop earlier this year as most have now fallen. I seem to recall last year that I was able to pick them right up to the end of Spring and my memory of the last few seasons is that they sweeten more the longer they cling to the tree. They are a little bitter at the moment and a perfect kick in a glass of freshly squeezed to snap you awake on these chilly mornings. They have also been delicious when boiled and blitzed into an orange and almond cake, caramelised into a sticky dessert syrup and a creme caramel and then there are the sprightly jars of orange and lemon marmalade ready to join our amassing bounty for Open Garden 2014 – Sunday October 5 – save the date!
Is it just me or is it a little unsettling to see these blue beauties in the middle of July? I think the warm May-June and topsy turvy winter has seen a number of early bloomers. These blue irises and some sprightly daffodils have joined them. Hope the others wait for spring. Hang on for Open Garden guys!
Winter surprise blue iris