Monthly Archives: August 2011

Planting Shade-loving Natives

When Frank and I went to the Tree Planting Day we were given some freebies. Three of these, which I planted today, are shown above. All are supposed to thrive in just about any conditions including this dark spot at the bottom … Continue reading

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Sunflower Seeds

Yesterday, while ferreting around under the house, Frank and I discovered that some critter had joyously taken part in a sunflower seed frenzy. (We’d like to think it was a bird but, based on its location, we had to acknowledge … Continue reading

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Just Passing Through

Transplanted Capsicums Frank and I have been working on this bed for a while now. He built it and I’ve weeded out what I could from one of our many infestations of Peruvian Lily (or Parrot Alstomoeria). This lush green … Continue reading

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Winter Salad

I don’t normally think of winter as a good time for fresh salads, probably because I grew up in a cold-ish climate (Seattle). But looking at my garden, I have to conclude that this is THE time for eating garden … Continue reading

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Sunflower Harvest

The time has come to harvest my sunflowers. It’s warm, it’s dry and they’re turning brown. After raiding the workshop for an appropriate saw, I cut them down; all 3 of them. One of the sunflowers was covered in ants. … Continue reading

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National Tree Planting Day

Australia’s answer to Arbor Day is National Tree Planting Day. That was last Sunday. Frank and I joined the local council in planting shrubs (no trees) along a bike path at the edge of a local park. Lots of hearty … Continue reading

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Seed Tray Experiment

August is the month for sowing a lot of herbs and veggies in Sydney (it doesn’t seem to matter whether you classify this as a temperate or sub-tropical zone), though the first of August might be a bit over-keen because the … Continue reading

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First Jonquil

We’ve been waiting and waiting (okay, 1 month) for our first Jonquil. Over the past few days several buds have gotten really bulgy and this morning, Voilà! one has burst forth. To me it feels like spring out there. The … Continue reading

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