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 ย 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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚