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My children call me a stalker.  Is it wrong that I got a little bit star struck today when the great man himself was there in his garden and I got to speak to him, if only for a minute.  That makes us "mates" right?  :)

I got there at 9.10, by the time I left at 10 am, the crowds had built up.  This path runs along the width of the house and has paths leading the way around his garden.

Pretty amaranth border and chinese potato's.  Damn!! I forgot to pick these up on my way out.

Hay bales used as garden borders and everything looks very healthy.

Growing over the hay bales were cucamelons - absolutely loaded with fruit and looked very healthy.
In one of the beds - Turnips!! If this is anything to go by, we CAN grow turnips quite successfully.

Loofa and angel wing bean (??)

This was another vegetable I had planned to pick up but forgot.  A celery that he had adapted to perennial and subtropical climate.

Most of his plants had labels on them but this did not.  Obviously a banana but short, squat and red.  Wondering if it is the dwarf that people were chasing?

So what did I walk away with?  Corsican Mint, multiplier leeks, mexican tarragon and a paramatta sweets mandarin for Christa.   Wish I had of remembered the chinese potato and the celery :( 

Well I hope you enjoyed my visit to my Mate's house.  We're practically neighbors you know :)

Happy gardening guys.

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Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on May 19, 2018 at 8:23

great photos and story as usual Susan - the chinese spuds and celery sound really interesting - tried to grow some chinese celery from seed bu no luck some seedlings sound awesome Janet - 

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on May 19, 2018 at 7:36

great photos and story as usual Susan - the chinese spuds and celery sound really interesting - tried to grow some chinese celery from seed bu no luck some seedlings sound awesome Janet - 

Comment by Susan on May 17, 2018 at 20:40

Hey Janet, thanks I would be interested to pick some. Me too Darren, esp just to try them out.  I’ve never been able to grow real potatoes all that well

Comment by DARREN JAMES on May 16, 2018 at 22:38

The garden and picks look great  Sue .I would love to try the chinese spuds myself one day.Good to see he also had a worm tower in that celery photo.

Comment by Janet Fong on May 13, 2018 at 10:50
Thanks Susan. Enjoyed reading your writeup and wishing I could be there. About the celery, we call this Chinese celery and commonly used as a herb in stir-fries. They're very easy to grow and I pull out the seedlings like weeds every summer. Chinese celery requires little maintenance and pest-free, unfortunately I don't have seeds to give away but I'll watch but for those "weeds" to appear and then pass on to BLF.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 12, 2018 at 23:27

Cool Susan, thank you! I got to ask Jerry a question too ;-) Only we're not neighbours :-(

His garden is immaculate!

Comment by Christa on May 12, 2018 at 20:48

Susan, you did well to remember the Parramatta sweets for me, thank you so much. 

Sorry you forgot to get the potato plant, I think it might have been the Hausa potato, I had read about it.   The winged bean is an unusual bean, tastes a little like asparagus.   The banana looks a bit like the dwarf red Dacca,  It would have been so interesting to see his garden.  He has a list of the plants he was selling on his website, some of them are quite rare and unusual.

Chaya, the spinach tree looks unusual.  Was the celery a taro looking plant?  

Pity he only opens his garden once a year, he must get some traffic through his garden. 

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