Spring is just around the corner. My garden is bursting with flowers and I am planting more! If you have roses, make sure you go out there with a strong spray and hit those aphids - I discovered that all my new growth was covered even though, from a distance, it looked exceedingly healthy. I'm trying to let the lady bug population explode in response so am avoiding pest oils etc at this stage. Plus, I just planted sunflower, zinnia, allysium, cosmos and marigold seeds throughout the roses so it will be added incentive to remember to go out and water the emerging seedlings. Here are a mix of flowers from the garden today.
I'm now at the stage as a gardener where I am giving propagation and seed saving a go. A couple of months ago, I tried some dianthus, statice and mixed succulants. I had once or twice tried propagating before with limited success with cutting powder hormone. As I have an abundant supply of honey I decided to give that ago ->THEY WORKED!!! So today, I am trying to propagate some more dianthus and a pretty geranium that I have growing. The other pot, I'll keep growing a bit longer until plants a bit bigger.
I am now harvesting various mints, lemon verbena and pineapple sage from my tea garden. It is great as I am drinking so much more water now and it is something I look forward to at work. If I forget my little batch of herbs, lucky for me the school garden has a patch of mint that I go and get.
Speaking of the school garden, Dave recently posted a school harvest clip that I was very envious of but our little school garden had a fairly decent harvest last week too. All the kids went home with a posy of flowers (massive snapdragon spikes, cosmos and pansy's) or a little bag of vegetables. Every 4 weeks or so, I make them something that uses garden produce. A couple of months ago, I made them a chocolate zucchini cake. When I asked who wanted the zucchini, they asked me to take it home and make them "that cake with the zucchini in it from last time" :) I'm thinking at the end of the year, I'd like to print them all the recipes and send them home with a little pack of seeds... We'll see how busy I am at the end. We are going to try and start some melons and pumpkins next week.
In terms of my garden harvests, we have plenty of beans, eggplants, lettuce, celery, passionfruit, pawpaw, banana's (AGAIN!!) Lemons, spinach, coriander, parsely, and spring onions at the moment. I was really excited about the first mulberries on the tree until Phil's mulberry photo put me to shame :)
The other thing I managed to get done this weekend was to clean out one half of the hippeastrums lining the path, recompost and mulch them. Still have to do the other side but hoping with the little extra TLC they will be putting on a fantastic show come October and the garden visit. One last photo before I go. I wanted to show how well the rhubarb is going. This is the sydney crimson from Daleys and even though you can't see it in this photo (taken at night with flash), the stems are vibrant red! I won't be buying from Diggers again though. Their rhubarb (big boy) along with some other varieties of alpine strawberries all died on me. I have been far too disappointed with their plants lately. Have NOT had this problem with anything I've bought from Daley's.
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