Sunday, 25 January 2015

... unbelievable bursts of ...



by Simone McPherson
A number of weeks ago, I was visiting a wonderful new friend in town.  ‘J’ has an unquestionably beautiful garden that I was forced to concede my envy of.  

You see her lovey garden was filled with climbing roses, rose bushes, dahlias, chrysanthemums, blue salvias, blue agapanthus, grevilleas and …

… Buddleias of all colours.  There were pots brimming with Liriope samantha, white and red petunias, Canna Tropicanna and soft Kimberly ferns.  Close to the lovely old house I was shown Crocosmia Lucifer growing along with rosemary, mints, wormwood and an array of more rose bushes.  I found myself overjoyed and delighted with the sights and colours from ‘J’s picturesque garden, I was even offered some cuttings which I jumped at.
Once home I set to work organising my home-grown soil in the form of cow-poo, leaf mulch, creek soil and some clay from the dams - 
 ... into darling little pots that ‘J’ gave me …


… I had some Yellow Buddleias which I then trimmed and rolled in some honey from our big old Ironbarks here - to aid with the propagation process of the cuttings ...

 ... I then potted them all up ready for their new life, hopefully to encourage some butterflies to my little gardens … 
… then came the ‘Spider Plant’ or ‘Ribbon Plant’ ‘pups’ …


… which I just set strait into some pots along with a good water of Seaweed ‘essence’ to help with the root growth.

I was also given a lovely bag full of home grown garlic … which is hanging in my kitchen the temptation is to try and not use all the little bulbs in cooking which we both love however to save some to plant out in Autumn …
… and whilst we are in the kitchen, 


... I picked another three buckets jammed packed full of Basil … yes we do have Pesto coming out of our ears but the best thing of all is giving  away those jars of Pesto to friends and family.

I have also been busy making … freshly grated beetroot, with lemon juice, garlic and Greek yogurt …
… which is delicious, along with avocado on rye for Breaky …


… so were the little vegetable patties that I made up on another morning …


… and what about eggs and bacon with sweet chilli, lemoney garlic yogurt and baby new English spinach? … that was our Sunday Breaky … Yummy too! And by the way that is my ‘shot’ of coffee poured over ice, which I enjoy  over the summer months …

I’ve had a go at making some crystallised lemon peel for cakes and biscuits, though most of the peel I devoured myself, I have a weakness for  anything ‘lemon’ you see ... 

… and I even made some Almond Biscotti … 

...which are just delish dunked into my icy coffee – no milk or sugar just ice for morning tea … 
We have been moving the cows around with their buba’s so as they get the best pick from the new grasses as they shoot up even bringing them in here to the house paddock.

And with this incredible heat that we have been having we lost a sliding window the other day which gave us the fright of our lives, as we were in for lunch - with the incredible ‘Crack’ it made as the glass shattered in all directions …
 
… other than that the days have been very humid which is very unusual for this part of the country as we are usually dry and hot with cold and frosty days during winter.  As a result the gums are rejuvenating their barks with all this lovely moisture and they are simply beautiful at the moment with all the lovely colours that are revealed once the old bark falls away …
… along with the beautiful soft silvery greens of the ‘Knives-edge’ Wattles …
… and as for the native grasses, well they are taking full advantage too, of this humidity of late with their unbelievable bursts of growth that almost appears before your eyes …
… and with that another day has come to an end as the light disappears into the West …
… and so once again it is time to head back home again for the start of yet another lovely day no matter what it may bring …