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It is a while since I have put any pictures on of the garden as it is now. It has been a busy time here in Ellen Grove and the weather is getting very cold in the mornings but beautiful during the day with lovely sunny blue skies, the perfect weather for gardening.. Though we would like a little rain to help the new Perennials settle in.

There are now quite a few new Tropical Fruit trees been planted in the front and back gardens. We have our first pumpkin coming on and first Paw Paws, and a silly Fig tree with lots of Fruit on it. The first Tangelos are on the tree and we have had some beautiful Mandarins. The Lemons are beginning to colour and the Limes, well the Limes just continue to produce year round.

The Salvia Garden has now been cut back to the ground and awaits a very light manure. I will also plant some other Beneficial Insect plants in the bed as well. The Blueberry and Alpine Strawberry Patch are thriving and enjoying their bushland setting.

Please excuse my untidy Beans, but note the Madagascan Bean going up the ladder

We are in the process of re-potting the Azaleas, just love the white bucket at the front

Our first little Pumpkin

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 19, 2016 at 6:48

Thanks for letting me know when it is time for me to harvest my Water Chestnuts. They are looking pretty good at the moment.

Comment by Lissa on May 19, 2016 at 5:30

Getting to the time of year when we will harvest our Water Chestnuts - once the tops die off. This is when you empty them all out, wash them off, keep the big ones for eating and replant the smaller ones in a new pot of soil.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on May 19, 2016 at 4:47

Looking good Dianne, I can see many changes since I was there last.  Your water chestnuts are standing proud - I haven't actually harvested any of mine, trying to let them multiply.  Next step for mine will be a larger container, Kayla had hers in an old bath tub but I will be going quite a bit smaller than that.  Was envious to hear you fig has fruit, not one of my trees even look like giving me anything.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 16, 2016 at 14:35

The Ironwork as you so nicely call it is all the left over bits and pieces from around the little shed before we built the BIG SHED (my definition). Boy am I having fun finding room in the back yard for what was there, a bit of a mess at the moment as I am going to have a nice concreted area made to keep all my bags of STUFF and potting bench etc. on, I need to be organized. I just have to be patient now until he can come to do it. 

Comment by Christa on May 16, 2016 at 8:27

Lovely to see your garden again with a spurt of green, even though we are into Autumn. It will look beautiful in spring.  You have been busy with all the new plantings.  The ironwork looks great and gives it character. 

Comment by Lissa on May 16, 2016 at 5:38

Looking lush and productive Dianne! Loving the lettuce in the pic below and your herb gardens with their clear signage.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 15, 2016 at 12:01

Yes we get fruit all the time though they are very small. I am hoping as the plants grow a little bigger the fruit will be as well. Though the flavour is lovely.

Comment by Susan on May 15, 2016 at 11:38

Loving your garden as always Dianne.   Any fruit off the alpine strawberries yet?

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 15, 2016 at 9:52

Erba Stella and Rock Samphire used in cooking

Blueberry and Alpine Strawberry Patch

A little Bit of Colour

The Lettuce, Spinach and Fennel are all growing well

First Paw Paws

The Salvia Bed

Comment by Phil on May 15, 2016 at 9:40

Nice range of plants in your garden Dianne. That's a good use for old ladders especially when you have such a willing participant in the Madagascar bean. The bucket just shows that you have a working garden and your pictures definitely show that it is progressing well.

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