Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cactus flower

I love this time of year when this nondescript plant gives us a beautiful flower. For a day.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Almond. First of many I hope.

I'll be cutting down a nashi whose time has passed. But the upside is a new place to transplant my almond to. It gave me my first nut this year.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Caramelised onions: Allow an hour

Forget all thise quick recipes that say it's ten minutes to prepare caramelised onions. I know why they say it - who wants a rhythmic 1h10min recipe - but it's crap.  The ones here have gone for about 25 minutes already.

Cover them, low heat, some oil, stir them often.

For at least 40 minutes.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lillies unopened

So full of potential. I love the journey of lilies. Seven days of beauty.
Not really Valentine's day flowers though.
Not very romantic - "here are some buds". Most people receiving flowers don't think in the long term.
But lilies are a beautiful journey.

Interesting toadstool

In the trough with the frangipani and the chilli bushes. I love the way a garden is interesting at all levels.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ant Rid or just sugar?

The downside of two things:
Pesticides, and
People not cleaning up after themselves.
This ring of ants feeeding on something I've seen before. Benign is just theyre feeding on some sugar, less benign is they're feeding on Ant-rid.
I'll find out.

Time for a hard mow

It rained the fuck out of my garden yesterday.  A total of 100mm. By lunch today, no rain, but last night I put fertiliser on just before the last inch of rain.
Tomorrow I'll mow it down low. Those green shoots will explode out of the ground.
Gardening is mostly about timing. I could have done those two things - fertilising and mowing - two weeks ago and got fuck all for it.
Gardening is about timing.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The rain : she come

Summer is dormancy in an Adelaide garden. 42 degrees C puts everything either in the death zone or survival mode.

So I'm pleased to see the rain on the way. My three rainwater tanks dedicated to the garden are empties, awaiting refilling. The lawn are on life support. Bring it!

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