I've decided I need a shade tree to go in the backyard. Let's face it - I want some grass, but I also want to be able to sit out in my backyard and enjoy it. Hence a shade tree. It must be deciduous, relatively small, not necessarily productive (if it is - can't have fruit fly prone fruit as I will not be keeping small enough for netting) but beautiful if not. Jacaranda's and Poinsettia's are out -> Jacs are too big and the Poins are too wide. Something about the poinsettia's height or a little smaller though would be great. This is the area it would go in.I think I've narrowed it down to a few in a possible order of preference.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Just remember that I have mulberries, persimmons and stone fruit already planted around the yard so they're out.
In other news, I'm getting heaps of capsicums and Chilli. I've been procrastinating this weekend but I'm making that chilli jam this weekend. I've got about 3x this much in the freezer all from a little bush I picked up at one of our garden visits.
Since working out that I could put capsicums under fruit fly netting last year, I haven't looked back. These are the mini-mix from Bunnings but I have some seed grown ones that have heaps of green normal sized fruit as well that will hopefully be coming on soon.
The tromboncino's are reaching for the sky. They are extremely prolific and flowers and fruit are enjoyed in this house - my zucchini needs are well met. They are susceptible to fruit fly though. I find if I pick them youngish (just after their flower closes) I'm good. Currently I have a black bucket 1/2 filled with water where all the rotting fruits (not just troms) go so I drown/boil the little suckers. It then gets tipped on my compost after a few days - smelly but effective.
And finally, I'll leave you with a shot of my flowers. Sunflowers, foxgloves and lisianthus. The foxgloves are a definite replant item. The plants themselves are a very neat whorl like pattern with their leaves and make an excellent border and then the flowers!!! Pretty! I know they are poisonous - they are planted in fenced off areas but next Autumn, I'm definitely planting more of them. The lisianthus are left overs from last year. Most sites say they are an annual, but this is the second lot of flowers out of these guys. Have planted more!Well guys, this chilli jam ain't gonna make itself! Happy gardening folks and be kind to yourselves - Don't make the mistake of staying out doing "just one more job" without sun protection. I got a touch of sunstroke yesterday with major headaches and sunburn because I started in the garden at 5.30 when you don't need anything and kept working through till 11.30.
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