Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Vege Garden and I - A Love Story- Sometimes

This blog just jumped out at me and begged me to do it. After all, it's spring and everything is growing, flowering or producing. I couldn't resist! My lovely Orchids are starting to come out and the first one to open is by favourite.....chocolate brown. So naturally it had to star. I've moved it to the front porch so I can admire it when I come home, and leave.

Then there's the vege patch. Small as it is, it produces a wealth of variety for our dinning table. This season I have carrots, chard and silver beet, garlic, red onions, shallots, brussels sprouts (yes they can actually be nice when you grow them yourself and pick them young), rhubarb, assorted herbs, assorted lettuce, peas, snow peas, phew, I think that's it!

Then in the yard I have my lemon tree, my compost bin, my orchids, and I encourage the local bird life with food tip bits as they make great grub removers from my plants. In a useless triangle that doesn't get much rain or sun I have mint and violets fighting for space. So no space unused here. Amongst all that is a 2 chair outdoor setting for us to sit and sip tea and watch the garden grow and a cloths line. Not bad for a small back yard. Our little piece of Eden.  Here's some pics, showing what I've just described. Can you recognise the various plants, find the brussels sprouts on the stems of the plant, see the new leaf growth and blossom buds on the lemon tree etc.

Chocolate Orchid

Garlic, Chard, Carrots, Rosemary

Brussels Sprouts plants

Red Onions, carrots, shallots

Rhubarb, silver beet, snow peas, lettuces, herbs

Snow pea flowers and peas

Onion going to seed. Great to collect and plant.

Lemon tree

Lemon blossom

Lemon blossom and new growth

Brussels sprouts forming on stem

Local magpie, plant pest eater

Magpie on guard duty in my back yard

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