Spring Fever

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.

A happy collection surrounding one of the patio piers

A happy collection surrounding one of the patio piers

The nasturtium love this spot

The nasturtium love this spot

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.

The other pier with a collection of plants

The other pier with a collection of plants

I have two piers on the east side of the rectangular shaped patio. Between these my clever husband has put Β 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. Β 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.

This passionfruit vine is on the left pier as you look towards the patio from the back lawn.

This passionfruit vine is on the left pier as you look towards the patio from the back lawn.

We planted two vines and they are currently growing toward each other. We should get flowers soon πŸ™‚

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.

The other vine growing from the side of the house to meet at the corner pier.

The other vine growing from the side of the house to meet at the corner pier.

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.

My lovely hybrid tea rose "Holtermann's Gold." I received this as a gift from my work mates when my mum passed away. It has gorgeous yellow roses and a lovely scent.

My lovely hybrid tea rose “Holtermann’s Gold.” I received this as a gift from my work mates when my mum passed away. It has gorgeous yellow roses and a lovely scent.

I grow herbs for my cooking: parsley, garlic chives, spring onions, basil, rosemary and other bits and bobs that come and go.

The spring onions love growing with the garlic chives

The spring onions love growing with the garlic chives

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.

The old wheelbarrow for seedlings and an Aloe Vera.

The old wheelbarrow for seedlings and an Aloe Vera.

I have some egg cartons that I will use for the seed raising mix. I try to recycle things if I can.

The other wheelbarrow that has parsley, chives and some oregano that I thought was dead, but has revived

The other wheelbarrow that has parsley, chives and some oregano that I thought was dead, but has revived

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.

I salvaged the wrought iron chairs from a friend. She was going to throw them out, but they are great for my pot plants

I salvaged the wrought iron chairs from a friend. She was going to throw them out, but they are great for my pot plants

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.

My rosemary, always handy

My rosemary, always handy

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 πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Spring Fever

  1. I appreciate your conundrum over making a garden just to leave it to someone else…… I have done that many times in my life and later discovered that sometimes it [the garden] has gone on to be bigger and better and other times left to rack and ruin. I now accept that I love a garden and will make something happen no matter where I am and when I leave, I leave something pretty behind. But I take my pots πŸ™‚

    I think planting in a wheelbarrow is a wonderful idea! Your patio area looks lovely and I hope you have a most deliciously warm and sunny spring time reading, doing crosswords and just having fun in it! .

  2. Thanks Pauline. It’s a lovely time of the year here. Crisp mornings and sunshiny days. The other conundrum we face is being away in the holidays. It’s not too bad when the weather is cooler but in the summer it’s much harder to keep things alive. Especially the Xmas break when we are usually away for 5 to 6 weeks. We have a lady who will throw around some water when she is in town but I don’t like to make her feel beholden to my garden. I take my bonsai with me and one or two others, but we don’t have much room for plants when we travel. Hope you are enjoying your recovery from a lovely celebration :). A free get out of town card eh. How exciting. Do they let dogs on buses there? They don’t here, not unless it is a guide dog.

  3. Hi Kym. I’ve faced your problem of living and gardening in rentals many times. Even now, it’s a toss up wether to plant in pots as it is certainly easier to contain a plant in a nice pot than let it go feral in your garden. I once new a lady back in Ongerup who’s whole garden was in pots and when they left, she took all of it with her and had an instant garden in her next place πŸ™‚

  4. What a GORGEOUS post! You are way ahead of me in the garden this year but I am not far behind. I can see that light approaching like a steam train and after a bit of morning manipulations with the last of our studies we will be out there in the thick of it this afternoon. I might just sit out in the sunshine with a big mug of tea and my feet up today. I need a few rays, a bit of quiet and a chance to think about something other than focusing on making booklets and logos etc. Clever girl with all of your potted babies. They look really healthy too so obviously don’t mind being moved around and Bruce is more than just a pretty face eh? I adore passion-fruit and am going to stick some inside Sanctuary. How long have you been growing them? Tell Bruce to enjoy his passion-fruit as he has certainly earned them :). HUGE hugs from cold but promising Sidmouth (note to self…stoke Brunhilda! πŸ˜‰ )

    • Ohh I like the idea of a big mug of cha and putting your feet up in the sunshine. Hope you get to do that soon. You will soon be head, down bum up in the sanctuary. Nothing like getting your hands dirty to make you feel good. Bruce loves his passionfruit! I can’t stand them, too much flavour for me. Should be getting some flowers soon, that’s the bit I love πŸ™‚ We put them in about April (I think lol). They were about three quarters of the way between the ground and the first length of wire. Had a bit of a burst to start with and then just slowly growing since then. I give them a slow release fertilizer and spray them with the seasol every two weeks or so once they start to grow a bit. Seems to keep them happy πŸ™‚ Hugs back, hope the sun is shining for you xx

  5. Your potted garden is lovely. I too have left lovely gardens in rentals properties behind so know what that feels like. We also put two passionfruit in the garden last summer and they would have to be my absolute favourite fruit so I have high hopes, at $20 kg I haven’t had one for decades! Lovely to see/feel Spring, I am enjoying it πŸ™‚

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