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It has been a while between Blogs for me, so thought I would start this off as an ongoing diary for myself over the Spring/Summer Season of 2016.

It has been a big year for us in Ellen Grove and to be honest I couldn’t have done the hard yakka without Husband Graham and Member Darren. The Garden has undergone a lot of work and rearrangements due to the addition of a new Work Shed for Graham.

Many new Fruit Trees have been added, with the Front Garden being planted with Capulin Cherry, Panama Berry, 4 x Coffee K7 Plants, Yacon (in very large pot), Cornus mas Elegant (which is growing very well here). A lot of the planting has been done on the Verge Side.

This part of the Front Garden was ripped up this week to prepare it for next year’s Fruit Trees to be planted into.

These plantings are part of the Bag Garden, they seem very happy.

Strawberry Guava Flowering.


Many Berries have been added to the mix both in the Front Garden and in a new space beside the existing Vegetable Garden. Currant – Red, Currant – Black, White Current (Which are Fruiting), Raspberry – Smoothy, Raspberry – Atherton,  Gooseberry – Captivator, Silvanberry, Chester Thornless blackberry, Jostaberry, New as well as gifted Blueberries and Alpine and Regular Strawberries.

Entry to Old Vegetable Garden

Part of Old Vegetable Garden

Another Side of Old Vegetable Garden

Wall Garden and Broad Beans

Entry to Rose Garden

The new area in Back Garden, was made by layering branches, twigs, compost, cow manure, the mulches up limbs of a very large Quandong, straw, cardboard and newspaper.

Into it has been planted Dwarf Mango - King Thai, Abiu, Dwarf Mango – Irwin, An Avocado, Davidson Plum

Added to our Citrus Collection are, Australian Round Lime, Bush Lemon Tree (hoping this one lives), Australian Round Lime, Yuzu

Still to be planted - Lychee - Wai Chee, Babaco (Grafted), Lemon – Eureka, Myoga Ginger, Finger Lime – Alstonville, Lime – Kassia

The Side Salvia Garden now has some Friends sharing their space, Dwarf Peach – Standard, Dwarf Apricot – Moorpark, Dwarf Peach - Sunset Backyard Beauty, Dwarf Nectarine - Sunset Backyard Beauty, Muscadine Grape – Adonis, Muscadine Grape – Noble

I have forgotten to mention a few of the newies but I am sure you get the gist of it, this place will be a Fruit Forest one day only hope I will be here when they all fruit. I am so happy with the progress of the garden, it has thrived under some harsh conditions at times.

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Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 14, 2016 at 20:29

wow what a garden - awesome work - what do you think of Babaco and how do you use your myoga ginger both of which are on our ( very extensive ) wish list 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 13, 2016 at 9:32

Looking fabulous Dianne!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 13, 2016 at 7:48
I will do a part 2 to put the rest of the photos in etc.

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