September was a strange month weather-wise, alternately hot and cold, dry and rainy. It was also a busy month – pruning, planting vegetables and working on my new tropical garden beds. So far I’ve planted heliconias, gingers, pink bananas (more on those later), chives, tomatoes, rainbow silverbeet, rocket, basil, russian garlic and mixed lettuce.
So … if it rains at just the right time, and the rain isn’t too heavy, and the winds aren’t too hot, and the humidity isn’t too high, and the fruit fly stays away, and the bower birds and bats have plenty of other things to eat … it might just be a productive summer. It sounds like a sure thing doesn’t it ????
Here are just some of the plants making rash promises …
Hello, and welcome to my first blog post. Over the coming months I’ll keep you updated with photos and happenings in my garden. Follow this link if you would like to find out more about me and the Bellinger Valley.
August is a wonderful month. There’s a hint of spring in the air, and the garden, which has been dormant over winter is now full of blossom. The apple, pear and apricot trees are in bloom and the bees are loving it. The ground here never gets cold enough to produce a crop of apples or pears but the beautiful pink blossoms will produce a small crop of apricots. However … the birds or bats will feast on anything soft and sweet, and I always seem to be just 24 hours too late!
The rainforest birds which disappear into the bush over winter have returned, and the garden is regularly visited by bowerbirds, catbirds and honeyeaters. The call of the catbird is a wonderful and quirky thing – somewhere between a cat call and a baby crying.