26 January 2013

For Success Just Add Love... and Water

While the City Garden sizzled, the Country Garden continued to be lovingly cared for while I was away and has thrived.  It was fantastic to see how green and productive it is at the moment.  I've missed being able to harvest my own vegetables over the last month.  And finally, as you can see, there's more to pick than just silverbeet!




What a Difference a (Scorchingly Hot) Month Makes!

Happy New Year all!  

I've just returned from a fabulous month's holiday in New Zealand (hence my blogging silence), and realised that it's obviously been REALLY hot here while I was away!!  We heard about extreme temperatures and the terrible bush fires in Australia, but it didn't really sink in until I walked back into the City Garden and saw that not only were three apple trees dead, but the apples on them had been burned to a black crisp!  In fact everything in pots has pretty much had it, including a magnolia tree and some herbs, and the lemon tree is looking dodgy too.  I've also lost the entire potato crop and the tomato plants.  
Out of the heat, though, has come a surprise.  The turmeric that I'd given up on in December has sprouted and looks quite healthy.  I have no idea how to tell when it is ready though, I assume it will get quite a bit bigger than this?  Liz of Suburban Tomato (or anyone else who's grown it) if you read this could you please give me some advice???
The other plant that's thriving is the beautiful Ficafolia in the front garden.  It's flowering for the very first time and looks amazing.
So it's not all doom and gloom in the City Garden.  Most plants have survived, and I now have an opportunity to rethink how best to make use of the limited space that I have. 

I hope others haven't lost too much in your gardens in the heat (or crazily the extreme cold in the northern hemisphere!) or worse still, been affected by the fires.

Best wishes for a brilliant 2013!