Fade to Green

The day before the Sydney dust storm coated everything in my garden with red dust, I took some photos of my spring flush of home-grown things. Here’s a sampling:

I’m experimentiing with growing strawberries in pots. Yes, it may still be cheaper to buy them in the fruit shop, but growing your own fruits and vegetables is a satisfying pastime.

experimental berries:

I pruned my Yellow Habanero and Red Savina chili plants from last season and they have sprung back with a dense flush of new foliage, and are starting to flower again. Also, at the next most appropriate lunar planting time (October 1, 2 and 3) I will sow a variety of seeds (chilispurple beans, and peas) into starter trays.

the return of Mr C:

My silverbeet (Swiss chard to American readers) just keeps on growing new leaves. The more I pick them the more they grow back. Nature’s abundance. And my sage has returned with fresh new leaves.

flush of green:

I planted some tiny-leaf wild rocket. Dainty and delicious.

wild rocket:

A new item in my garden, snow peas, are snuggled in a warm brick-lined corner which gets morning sun. They’re ready to start climbing.

snow peas:

I pruned the handsome pink hydrangea bush as per instructions and it is growing back strong and healthy.

hydrangeas:

My spearmint is fresh and aromatic.

minty:

The streets of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs will soon be fragrant and sweet with the heady, Chanel number 5 + vanilla aroma of Chinese Star Jasmine. Our vine is budding in profusion.

Chinese Star Jasmine:

The first yield of Kumquats has yielded 6 jars of marmalade. It had a problem with little white worms inside the fruits. And brown-edged leaves – any ideas, gardeners out there? Let’s see what the second flush brinds.

baby kumquats:

Creamy gardenias will soon bloom from their tender erect buds.

gardenias:

The last of the miniature purple orchids are standing proud.

miniature orchids:

A beautiful pointy-ended spinach is also flourishing in a giant pot. I pick a few leaves daily and throw them in salads.

beautiful spinach:

That’s the round up of Kurma’s Spring garden.

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