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Hi everyone,

Flowers are starting to come out in droves.  I have flower buds on my lychee's and mango.  Here are my beautiful peaches/nectarines.

I've got flower buds on my lemonade tree that I bought from Masters last year(?) on sale which is planted out on the verge garden with the kaffir limeAnd my climbing rose which I had been slowly hacking back at as I had decided it needed to go has responded to the harsh cut back by trying to convince me it should live... What can I say, it might be working.

I had bought a pink margurite daisy that I was very annoyed with as when it bloomed, it was decidedly NOT pink.  But they must turn pink with age cause I have my first flowers starting to turn colour.

I've also "let" a couple of broccoli shoots flower - they are quite pretty.  If they set seed before I need the bed, I might try to save some as these guys did really well and have given me plenty of side shoots - I haven't had to buy broccoli in months.

BTW, this is what I'm growing the Brassica's under, so don't be too impressed by them - they are all under cover.

Other than all the flowers, I have been busy prepping the  garden beds for new plantings and I FINALLY got round to planting a whole new bunch of seeds (some last weekend, some midweek)

Strawberry wall is looking great.  We have been harvesting about 5 large strawberries every 2nd day now.  Unfortunately, the Eucalypts are dropping heaps of flower mess at the moment and I have to remember to go out and brush them off the leaves otherwise a thick blanket settles on the strawberries which I'm sure can't be good for them.

Had to harvest some bamboo today so that the stakes can cure for my next lot of beans.  There was some whippy bits at the end so I tried to get artistic :P  and tried to give my peas a bit more to climb on.

Speaking of the beans - YAY!  Only 1 week away I think.  I HATE buying beans as they always go off really quickly, even when I've bought from farmers market. 

James!! I got one of your white Choko's to survive.  These were some gates that someone was throwing out so I've had them sitting around.  Made an awesome A-frame and now it's happily growing away.  My cumquats are all ripening (to the left) and I'm needing to make some marmalade but as I still haven't turned all the rosella's in my freezer into jam yet, it's on the to do list.

Who said eggplants were a summer crop?? This has not stopped pumping out eggplants.

Still no luck on the tomato's front.   I've got some plants in the ground but it will be a while and hopefully they don't get mites like my last ones did that looked like they were doing well.  I'll hopefully have some Couve Tronchuda seedlings at the next garden visit if anyone wants any - I was a little wary about their germination rate as Dave said he had trouble so I sowed extra but they all came up!   Lastly, I'll leave you with a quick photo of my Rhubarb plant - this was sydney crimson from Daley's - doesn't it look gorgeous!!

Ooppps Forgot I wanted to show off my latest bunch of carrots!  I think I've finally worked this carrot growing thing out.

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Comment by Phil on August 1, 2016 at 17:31

Productive and attractive garden as always Susan. I'm west but also have flowering going on due to my warmer aspect (i.e. up a hill and facing north). Means its milder in winter but I struggle to grow things in summer unless they really like the heat. You appear to have the right balance at your place.

Comment by Susan on August 1, 2016 at 17:02

It must be because we are closer to the bay that we don't have the huge temperature extremes.  That's why I'm semi-hopeful that I can keep rhubarb alive over summer - temps out here rarely go above low 30's unlike you guys further west > you might get colder winters but your summers are a lot hotter too.  Christa, I'm forever looking out for things I can use in the garden and my husband is the same re garbage :)  Panama berry is going great out on the verge, tripled in size already from the tiny little thing that got planted.  No signs of flowers yet, probably another 6 months away?? If you are any good at starting things from cuttings, I can bring you a snipped branch if you want to Rob's garden visit?

Comment by Christa on July 31, 2016 at 19:12

The peach and nectarine flowers are looking good Susan,  and I love the carrots, a healthy looking lot. Your recycled trellis looks great.  We had a council footpath pickup last week and each time I saw something like a trellis, for some reason, Ian picked up speed a bit.  Nah you don't want that garbage, he says.  

How is your Panama berry going, mine shrivelled up and died.  Maybe I will see if I can get another one, and give it a try again.  Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to us all.

Comment by Rob Collings on July 31, 2016 at 17:47

That yard is so productive, well done again!

Comment by Lissa on July 31, 2016 at 16:15

Wishing I had the eggplant fruiting like yours :) Mine only grow good fruit in the warmer months.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 31, 2016 at 16:01

Everything is looking wonderful Susan. Looks like you should have a good crop this year. Just love the Lemon flowers on the Broccoli.

It is extremely cold here. the only things I have flowering at the moment are A couple of Delphiniums, Roses and Salvias. I am planting a lot in bags now and the Rainbow Chard and Mini Cauliflower, Cabbages and Rhubarb are looking quite good.

Comment by Lissa on July 31, 2016 at 15:43

You must be in a bit of a warm spot there Susan. I'm behind you with things blooming thought there's a few on the Trop Nectarine. My broccoli is just starting to crop - some from last years saved seed. The native bees love them as will your honey bees. 

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