So all this talk about Spring has got me feeling like getting down and dirty… in the garden of course.
Not that I have an awful lot to do. Where I live is a bit remote so trying to build vege gardens is an expensive task. I also have the added problem of not knowing if we will still be here next year. So I have to weigh up if it’s worth the effort if I have to leave it behind for someone else’s enjoyment.
I have a lovely little patio, under the main roof. It is outside my dining area and is accessed through a sliding door. It is protected from the strong winds but gets the sun most of the day. This is great in winter but for summer I have to rethink how to arrange my pot plants.
I have two piers on the east side of the rectangular shaped patio. Between these my clever husband has put 4 rows of nylon clothesline wire for the passionfruit vine to grow across. This helps to soften the harsh morning sun and my husband loves passionfruit. The rows go around the corner and along the north easterly side, again giving us some shade from the sun. It gives the patio a nice feeling of containment, without feeling boxed in. When we move on, someone else will be able to enjoy the passionfruit too.
We planted two vines and they are currently growing toward each other. We should get flowers soon 🙂
Along the edge of the patio I dug out a narrow garden bed and put in some citronella daisies (sorry Fran I lost the botanical name…) This was an attempt to stave off the mossies ( Mosquitos), but not sure it is working as we are still swarmed by them 😦 . I have never known a place for so many mossies! The nasturtiums popped up when I watered so are a gift from a previous tenant.
Most of my plants are in pots. I can then move them around, depending on the sun, and they can come with me when we move.
I have an eclectic assortment, from a rose bush to succulents, but they all make me smile. I recently purchased a little greenhouse from Bunnings, on one of our trips to Kalgoorlie, 2 hours away. I have put my little bonsai in there. I used to have two, but one died so now just one precious one left. I have a couple of little succulents and a variegated syngonium. This syngonium is a piece from my garden in Perth. I have had pieces of the original plant for many years and it has travelled with me and managed to survive. This always makes me feel at home. They are so easy to grow and propagate.
I grow herbs for my cooking: parsley, garlic chives, spring onions, basil, rosemary and other bits and bobs that come and go.
I have saved some seeds from my spring onions and have bought some seed raising mix, so that is my next job. I have an old wheelbarrow that I will use once the seeds are seedlings.
I have some egg cartons that I will use for the seed raising mix. I try to recycle things if I can.
The beauty of wheelbarrows is you can move them around too. I have managed to nurse these herbs through the frosts of winter. Hopefully they will flourish now.
The Ficus has also been with me on all my moves. The little green wheelie bin I use for storing all my gardening stuff. It’s very handy to use when weeding too.
It’s a beautiful day here. I have been reading the paper and doing the crossword puzzles. Such bliss on a Sunday. I hope you have had a lovely Sunday too. Better get those seeds sorted 🙂