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Hi Folks,

Was doing the report for Sophie's garden visit and got the urge to blog myself.  What was I gonna do anyway - too wet to garden :)

Lots a beans at my place at the moment.  I picked this many yesterday and was only going to go out and take photo's today but these were all on the vine so HAD to pick them too.  I can't let them get out of hand as what usually happens is I get sick of picking them and then they go to seed and stop producing.  My plan is to take the excess to work to hand out rather than wasting them this time but I've also started another set in the ground garden now.

"Ground garden?", I hear you ask.  Well, I told you last blog that I was extending the Citrus room garden beds and I dug up the China pear guava.  One end is devoted to flowers and the other end, I've got some capsicum, chilli and now the bean seeds.  Looking back on these photo's, I probably should have cleaned up after myself.  Dianne had just finished telling me at Sophie's that I should put my tools away and wind my hose up - LOL.  Caught in the act and no, this isn't unusual.  I have a bad habit of leaving my tools where I finish with them. 

The Brassica bed is doing great.  I have my first broccoli head, the sugarloaf cabbage is starting to heart up and harvested leaves from the couve tronchuda to try tonight as a cabbage.

I have flowers starting on both the strawberries and blueberries.  Yay!!

Just about at the stage where I won't be able to park in the driveway for a while due to banana's.

Eggplants are doing great.  Have slowed down but still producing.  Since I'm not that much of a fan, 1 every 1-2 weeks is PLENTY. 

Cucumber is finally looking good and has a cucumber on it.  Man does winter slow that one down big time.

Yay for the trombonccino's.  I'm now getting 4 per week which is HEAPS.  Excess are also going to work.

Lastly, my roses are still putting out one or two a week so there is always at least 1 pretty flower in the garden.  This is the Charles De Gualle out on the verge.

Well that's it from me folks.  Happy gardening.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on Sunday

The garden is looking wonderful and very productive, and those beans look so beautiful.

Comment by Lissa on Saturday

Lovely :) I love the way you find space for flowers alongside all the productive plants.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on June 17, 2017 at 23:10

what a wonderful garden you have Susan so green and productive we have lots of cucmbers and pumpkins, chokos and  passionfruit at the moment -just finished our last packet of last years bean cop - blanched and frozen and awaiting this years crop - note to self dont go away March April - busiest months for planting in the garden and evrything is late this year ! 

Comment by Susan on June 12, 2017 at 20:55

You wouldn't need to do that Sophie, where you have them is plenty of room.  Don't know what to do with beans, they are hit and miss for me.  At the moment, I have them at the top of an unlevel wicking bed so while they get heaps of water, they tend to be on the drier side and they seem to be happier here.  Same bed but at the bottom, I had all but one plant die from a stem rotting sort of thing so all I can guess is heaps of water but well drained. 

Can't wait for the madagasca's to start for me Andy - I've got big plans for them (chilli as well as your baked beans recipe)

Comment by Sophie on June 12, 2017 at 9:53

Yummy! Might have to sell the car and make way for more narnies :)

The colour of the De Gaulle rose is beautiful! Mmm beans - were are they happiest? I haven't had much luck

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 11, 2017 at 17:56

Nice!  Talking of beans, guess what?  That's right - another crop of Madagaskas!!!

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