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Saturday
Nov102012

Rain and new growth and weeding

We have been slowly working on our garden since we moved in. At first it was dry and barren except for a few palms and some straggly mock orange trees. Many years of drought and an owner who didn't care had taken its toll. Old trees had been cut down and weeds were everywhere. With no money for new plants we worked with cuttings and pot plants we had. We watered and watered and then the floods came. The garden burst into life with all the rain. Things took off and we bought a few trees to plant.

Then the dry came again with almost no rain through the winter and spring. A few weekends ago we started to tidy up again. Weeding and transplanting, new soil delivery and a new concrete slab behind the house so we could move our big garden shed and rainwater tank away out of sight. The spot where the shed had sat for two years has been planted out as a vege garden. Can't wait to harvest the first crops. Oh I had forgotten. Our first crop was a handful of white mulberries from the tree we planted last summer. Sweet but too few. Next year :)

P.S. I have been playing with PicMonkey. I'll stop using banners and collages soon. Promise. See I've stopped already. Do you like my herb planter? It's an old Queensland Fish Board zinc trough. There's the old garden shed sitting behind the house. We included a small clothes line between the two. I need to grow a vine on the shed to hide it some more. Maybe a jasmine or a trumpet vine. Maybe a passionfruit. Yum. Those strappy leaf plants (god I can't remember the name ... must be getting old) were grown from one small divided plant and the macaranga tree is only a year old. Love rain forest trees. So fast growing.

Reader Comments (3)

Oh, to live in the tropics, and have plants growing year-round. Wonder what that's like. ;)
Your yard is looking lush. I'm jealous.

10 Nov 2012 | Registered Commenterkim

Hey Jo, The garden is looking wonderful. xx Katherine

The rain on the weekend was wonderful. Kelvin has been dividing clumps of ferns so we can plant out other areas. My wish is no grass. Gone. No more. Then we don't have to mow the lawn ... except the footpath. That has to stay grass ... oh well.

12 Nov 2012 | Registered Commentermidcenturyjo

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