Yesterday, December 1st, was the first official day of summer here in Australia. And it arrived with one of those unpleasant summer days: partly cloudy, drizzle and heat (36 C / 97 F) and awful humidity. I found it uncomfortable (no, I don’t have air conditioning) but I’m sure my garden loved it.
I thought it worth recording what my garden looks like on the first day of summer. Everything is green and healthy and yummy looking (and tasting). I’m pretty chuffed with this result.
Once my sunflowers open, then it will not just feel like summer, it will look like it too.
Last year I was in Germany all summer (Aus summer, that is) and I missed this most productive time in my garden. This year I’m going to eat my way through my backyard and try not to complain even if it is hot and sticky out there.
I made a good start with a fantastic green salad (based on my mixed crop of Asian Greens) washed down with the final bottle of my last batch of home-brew Luckily I have the next batch already bottled and progressing nicely 🙂 For dessert, freshly picked strawberries (I can’t believe the plants are still productive so late in the year) and home-made sherbet. Oh yeah, it’s going to be a good summer in the kitchen.
Maybe a bit less good for my girls – all 50,000 (give or take) of them. The 3 chickens walked around panting like St. Bernards and lifting their wings like they had burrs under them. My bees hung outside their hive flapping for all they’re worth trying to get some ventilation happening. What will they all do if it hits 40?