What a glorious day and a glorious garden we had a visit in today. Steve and Ann's garden is magical - approximately 1/4 of an acre (I'm guessing here - it could be larger) of beautifully maintained gardens with edibles dispersed through the ornamentals, lovely large verandah to sit an chat on and a quiet setting down near the Brisbane river. This first photo shoes the lovely verandah
Just off to the right of this photo is the stair way and I have found a new plant to love. Ann has the stairs framed with "Brazilian Red Cloak" flowers and standard bouganvillia's. She generously allowed me to dig up a baby from underneath the plants. Just stunning.
I have planted that in my front garden off to the side of the house. Next is the gorgeous autumn coloured maple (I think!) Again, another plant I am coveting and after seeing just how beautiful it looks in Ann and Steve's garden, will be a "must" for when I start planting out the farm. Just seconds after I took this photo, Valerie went crunching through the leaves - I really wish I had of captured her doing that.
Here is a photo that I captured with most of the visitors in it today to show you the size of her garden. That pine in the background - It is in her yard. This is where her main vegie patch is.
In the vegie patch many things. Gorgeous looking snow peas, nasturtiums, salad greens, carrots starting and the most interesting plant. I thought it looked weird for a lettuce or a wombok cabbage which Brenda or Christa (sorry can't remember which of you I was having this conversation with) thought it might be. So naturally, I snipped a bit of the leaf off and popped it in my mouth... HOT!!! Ann called it mustard greens and boy was it spicy. Reminded me a lot of that Wasabi hit you get.
So Ann run a little competition to name all the edible plants in her garden. I gave up after 30. Sophie managed 47 and won a pummelo. Jelly!!! I love pummelos. Here's Ann's tree.
Talk about Jackfruit - the tree is just loaded.
And the mulberry just didn't know it shouldn't be fruiting yet.
Finally, Steve just had to remind us all that their little patch of paradise was not without problems. He brought out the very stuff of my nightmares - worse than rats!
There were plenty more fruit trees and edibles but I think I've posted the highlights. Ann and Steve, thankyou so much for inviting us to your garden. It is absolutely beautiful.
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