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7 September 2015

A wander through the garden

I offer your a pictorial walk through the garden today. I haven't finished out there yet because we had a visitor and I didn't do what I had planned yesterday afternoon; there are still seedlings to be planted.  I'll do that today. I thought you might like to see the back verandah too - I'm always quick to show you our front verandah. Later in the week, or next week, after I finish off the garden, I'll take photos of the final planting and the back verandah.

 First there is work to be done.
And then there is morning tea and Facetime on the phone with daddy on father's day. Kerry is out west, working.
Kale, herbs and a potted Herb Robert.
Most of the new seedlings are going in this garden.
A potted Cleome - spider plant.
Potted pink lavender on the table.

Our Washington navel orange in full flower with next winter's fruit.
These beetroot, silver beet/chard and Lebanese cucumbers have been in for two weeks.
There is always an audience.
This is where we sit now. We have an umbrella for shade. Soon raspberries will grow up this trellis.
The last of winter's turnips and lettuce seedlings.
Parsley and thyme.
The elder tree is starting to fill with flowers.
Blueberry flowers. They should produce fruit all through summer.
We grow blueberries in tubs now. These were pruned in winter and are just starting to come to life again.

May the week ahead be a good one for all of us. I hope you have the time and energy to do all the work you need to do, both in and out of your home. And I hope there is time left over to enjoy your family and pets, to take deep breaths and to look around and appreciate every day.  ♥︎

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind wishes. I send you back hopes for a long time of satisfying days of good achievement and adventures....Love looking at your garden as we head toward cooler days and autumn here on the US/Canadian border.

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  2. Thank you Rhonda this is a very inspiring post, have a lovely week x

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  3. Lovely photos, Rhonda. Here (in Gernany) autumn is slowly but surely arriving, so there's also a lot of work to do, in and out of the house!

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  4. I like that pink lavender, Rhonda. Interesting to see you have planted your Herb Robert in a pot. I might see if I can collect a few seeds this year as there are plants everywhere. It loves our winters. I still have a lot of outside work to do. Just finding the energy to do it all is the issue. Have a great week.

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    1. Chel, I potted the plant you gave me because I wanted to be able to move it around. It's growing well in the pot and although I have it in full sun at the moment, I think I'll have it in partial shade when it gets really hot.

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  5. I am intruiged to see you have planted a Herb Robert in a pot. In the UK they are considered a weed and I regularly pull them out of my garden!

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    1. Chel (above) told me it could become a bit of a weed but I doubt that will happen here because of the climate. It's much hotter here in summer that at Chel's. I just adore the small pink flower and for that reason alone, it will have a place in my garden from now on. I just hope it survives the summer.
      xx

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  6. THank you for your good wishes Rhonda, have lovely week also. Your garden is looking lovely. xxBrenda

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  7. Love the flower pots turned upside down in your garden...so much prettier than my aluminum pie plans. How do you have them secured to the posts?

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    1. They aren't secured, Lori. They're just plonked on and are heavy enough to withstand the wind as long as the stakes are firmly in the soil.

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    2. Is there a reason for doing that Rhonda? The plant pots on the stakes I mean.

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    3. It's a safety measure. The stakes can easily take out an eye if you forget they're there and bend over to do some weeding. A pot on top makes them much easier to see and if you do bend over a stake, there is no pointy spike.

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  8. So much to look at today.....I love your coffee/tea mugs...lovely variety and all so different, so pretty. Lavender in pots...lovely. Will your blueberries need an support growing in the pots, such a good idea. I haven't heard of Herb Robert, must look that one up. And I like your new 'sitting spot', tucked in the corner there and close to Jamie's trampoline. Thanks for your good wishes for the week ahead, hope yours is a good one too.

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  9. As the blueberries grow they bush out rather than grow too much higher, Nanette. All they need is good drainage in a large pot, pruning in winter and fertilising now and in summer. xx

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  10. I relish your spring coming in as our fall rolls through. And I thrive on your summer whilst I am knee deep in winter! We are tucking our garden and yard to bed to prepare for an early freeze. We have had a few 49-degree nights already! Freeze will be coming soon!

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  11. Hi Rhonda. I always thought blueberrys were a cold climate plant. What variety do you have and do you get a good harvest.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog
    Anna

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    1. Anna, there are low chill varieties for warmer climates. We grow Biloxi and Sunshine Blue and Biloxi is the better of the two. We get a fairly good harvest which is increasing each year.

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  12. Seeing your lovely neat yard & garden, inspires me to get outside & clean up my garden. You are lucky to be able to spend so much time with Jamie & he with you. Enjoy your week Rhonda.

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  13. You are weeks ahead of us down here in Tasmania, plus where we live we get every frost that visits the island!

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  14. Your garden is looking great - so neat and orderly!

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  15. I had a whole list of questions as I read through your post, but most got asked and answered in the comments! But not all ;-). Is there another name for Herb Robert? I don't recognize it, but the picture is small and it doesn't look like anything I know. And are the raspberries move a vining type than shrubs? The type raspberry I know would pull the trellis over once it got big. Maybe it's a matter of pruning? Lovely garden. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Barbara, I'm new to Herb Robert but according to the Wiki it's: Red Robin, Death come quickly, Storksbill, Dove's Foot, Crow's Foot, or (in North America) Robert Geranium. Basically it's a tiny geranium. And with the raspberries, they are "tamed" by pruning. We only need what we need so they're clipped back during the growing season and cut back to the ground in winter.

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  16. loved the wander, your garden is looking very productive as always & very beautiful too with all those flowers!
    thanx for sharing
    selina from kilkivan qld

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  17. I always get a kick out of your chicken pictures. They look so regal, yet I know how impish they can be.

    Stay safe.

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  18. Jamie has gotten so big!!! Thank you for sharing your day, the garden looks lovely! Gayle xxx

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  19. Lovely garden! I just love all of the pictures. I was looking at a little obelisk like the one in your herbed Robert pot just his weekend and trying to think of something to use it with. Maybe I'll get a small one and see if I can get my tarragon to grow up it next year in the herb bed.

    As fall is coming, I'll be working on getting my beds built and ready for spring planting as things are going on clearance. The clearance plants are what I've used to fill the bulk of my flower beds, etc this year.

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