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Today we went to the CREEC Sustainable Living Fair - Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre - at Burpengary. Apart from the perfect winter weather there was a good turnout and a most interesting and challenging talk by Bob Irwin. Still as passionate as ever for not only environmental issues but for humane animal treatment and attitudes towards the natural world as well. He pointed out that the Coal Seam Gas industry was probably the biggest challenge we face for future food production and clean water. He was part of the Lock the Gate protest at Tara and was arrested for his part in it. Bob pictured here answering questions at today's CREEC event:

 

 

Here is a photo of what I guess is some kind of purple Capsicum or Chilli. This is its first flower (in winter? :-O) anyway, who knows what it is? I picked it up on a swap table at Caboolture Seed Savers a couple of months ago and I suppose eventually I might find out what the fruit is if it produces some, if it's only an ornamental (for instance) then it won't take up any more garden space. But then if it's really a tasty ... um, what? it gets a second chance:

 

 

And just to have a little skite ;-) ... my first Strawberry flower for the season. These are Redlands Joy bought from Green Harvest last year. They performed well and I can recommend this variety for the home garden. These plants are the best developed runners from last year re-planted into a self-watering tower. The less-developed runners are sitting in pots growing good roots before I plant them into pots for this season.

 

 

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Comment by Lissa on June 12, 2011 at 6:12

Your new camera takes beautiful pics Elaine :D

Don't you just love a mystery plant in the garden! Wating to see if it produces something useful. My surprise Loofah has been mine recently.

Strawberries look full of potential. So hopeful that I might get some this year. Jess gave me some runners and they are doing well in the front yard - problems is, the dogs can reach them there. Luckily they haven't twigged to the raspberries yet and I get them all to myself - brought myself to share 8 with my daughter and 2 with my neighbour the other day when I had a bumper crop of about 12 in one day! Best yet.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 7, 2011 at 20:38
You might find some really tough plants too ... I noted a self-sown Strawberry runner and it is flourishing where the ones I either pulled up and re-planted or the smaller ones which are still in pots waiting to grow enough roots, are quite backward in comparison. Some joys await under the 'weeds'!
Comment by Donna on June 7, 2011 at 19:40

Your mystery plant looks a lot like my black pearl chilli did, unfortunately I can't give a positive ID as I cleared that bed totally last weekend and ripped everything out for compost :)

 

Jealous of your strawberries, everything in my yard has been sadly neglected and I think mine have all passed away from neglect but maybe if I'm really lucky I'll find interesting things buried under the mountains of free compost (weeds lol).

Comment by Vanessa Collier on June 4, 2011 at 22:05
Love the strawberry flowers.  My runnerless variety turns out to have runners after all!  Suits me.  I've gone with pine needles for mulch too.

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