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Hi Everyone,

Well wasn't today just a barrel of fun!! 30 degrees at Wynnum but I went to Roger's garden visit today which is out west a bit and it was 35!!!!!  I frantically ran around watering everything this morning before potting up some left over rosella seedlings and a Listada De Gandia eggplant to take.

We have been harvesting nectarines for the past 2 weeks now.  Every 2nd or 3rd day I go out and get about 1Kg.  It's been great.

The mangoes are looking good.  This is the one that is out the front near the banana's.  I have about 5 fruit this size and a couple of smaller ones which I'm not sure if they will develop.  This is only it's second (?) year in the ground so is doing really well. I ate my first two white shahtoot mulberries today - they were delicious!!  This tree has only been in the ground for about 6 months and is doing well.  Later harvest than normal black mulberries so I look forward to when it is in full productionMy new panama berry tree out on the verge FINALLY has little flower buds developing.  Boy I've missed these fruit.

The china pear guava has set it's fruit.  I've got about 20 fruit on the tree.  I will be netting them shortly - can't wait to taste my first harvest. I've had good fruit set on the lychees.  Fingers crossed they keep even 1/2 as many.  Last year I got a bit slack with the water to them and lost most of my fruit (not that I had that many set anyway)My little Pecan is looking rather healthy and I think I may have flowers.

Bell Chilli has finally set fruit.  If you came to my garden visit, you would have heard my threats to this bush.  So big and no fruit.  It is still coming out but I might leave till after christmas.  Don't you think it will look delightful with it's red little bell shaped fruit on a lush green bush - an outdoor, edible christmas tree :)Had to pull out all of my carrots today as they have absolutely been hammered by something.  Finally, I'll leave you with a shot of my cornflowers growing around my Lemonade tree (with a fruit set!!)  I've been experimenting with different flowers, working out what will grow well in my garden and I grew cornflowers, asters, foxgloves and hollyhocks for the first time this year.  All are beautiful but while the hollyhocks grew amazingly well, they are just too big for my garden.  These little beauties however are a perfect size, so along with the foxgloves and asters, they will become a regular fixture - hopefully they'll self seed.

Well that's it from me folks - happy gardening.

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Comment by Susan on November 11, 2016 at 18:58

Hi Lissa, yeah that's the idea.  Though it is getting very hot again and I may have to start putting them in the fridge.  I've been keeping my Lychees watered though, so I don't know.  Last year they fooled me and got to December with loads of fruit and then they dried and shrivelled.  Hopefully they will stay on this year.

Comment by Lissa on November 11, 2016 at 4:16

Looking wonderful in the garden Susan. Love the pic of all your produce including the beautiful eggs. Do you put the fresh ones on top and use them from the bottom?

I have also had a good set of Lychee fruit. Despite the fact they really like their water to hold their fruit, I'm wondering if this long dry has something to do with the good fruit set...

Comment by Susan on November 10, 2016 at 19:29

HI Christa, I think that is what they are.  Could you possibly do me a favour?  Could you take some photo's of your persimmon tree so I can live vicariously through you?  A little information as you go about what you do when?  I've just planted 2 but it will be a long while before I get anything so I would love to follow your tree so I know what to expect. 

Comment by Christa on November 9, 2016 at 18:03

Pretty good produce for this hot weather.  They look like white satin nectarines, yum my favorite.  This season, my itchi persimmon trees are loaded, doubt if the tree will hold the weight. This is the first time the fruit has held.  Maybe my bees are helping to pollinate them properly. 

Your pretty flowers make your garden complete.  


Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 7, 2016 at 19:11

We have quite a few Vegans and Vegetarians in Graham's family so I find if I have excess Eggplants at least I know they will find a good home and some good cooks who know what to do with them.

Comment by Susan on November 7, 2016 at 18:13

Thanks guys - it is starting to be very productive.  Yep Sophie, it was the Listada di Gandia eggplant (purple and white) seedling - left over from what I needed for my garden (I planted 3 seeds, 2 came up and I only needed 1).  Remind me before the next garden visit and I'll bring some seeds - at least you can start your own and seriously - unless you are an eggplant FREAK, 1 plant is more than enough.

Comment by Sophie on November 7, 2016 at 7:21
Fabulous! YUM! I also picked up one of the bell peppers from Rob (at Susanne's GV....?) Got such a nice surprise when I saw their odd shape. YUUUUMM @nectarines....!!! Didn't realise - was that your heirloom purple white eggplant at the GV? Bugger, should have taken it ;) Those carrots look epic. Yay!
Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 7, 2016 at 6:56

Everything is looking wonderful Susan, so pleased the Bell Pepper has decided to take your stern words to heart. You are certainly going to have a Fruit Lovers Paradise when everything produces to it's full potential. I am so jealous of the Nectarines, I LOVE stonefruit.

Comment by Rob Collings on November 6, 2016 at 21:22

Fantastic fruit action happening Susan. Nice looking beetroot and all among those carrots!

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