How does my garden grow?

We are having very stable Autumn weather at the moment. It’s my favourite time of the year, especially to garden. The soil is still warm enough to plant things in (although very dry) but the cooler nights are turning the leaves into glorious reds and yellows.

But it is dry ~ our driest start to a year on record. That’s a scary stat, because we are well used to dry conditions. So, let’s hope for the rains to come soon.

Let’s turn our eyes away from that for a little while, and look to what is happening in the garden, because I have been trying to get things under control.

As you know the front yard is our veggie patch. The corn, beans and tomatoes are finished, and I cleared away all that debris. We left the corn roots to rot down into the soil ~ it’s not just laziness!

At the moment there is nothing to see, except the spread compost. If you had x-ray eyes you would see the pea seeds and snow peas seeds beginning to germinate under the soil.

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Nothing to see here!

The bees have been very active over the last couple of months. At the moment the rosemary bush is one of the few food sources for them. It looks scraggly, but the bees are loving it. And I have been delighted to see a native blue banded bee. It is a beautiful bee, with quite a loud buzz. They are solitary bees and you can find out more about them here. The backyard bird bath is too deep for bees, so I set up their own water station  in a shallow bowl and stones under the rosemary. I will say that I’ve never seen them use it!

The other thing to show you before we head down the back is the containers ready for my neighbour to collect. Dagmar lives in a flat, with no chance for her own garden. Like all of us, she hates wasting her food scraps, so we have set up a system where she leaves her scraps and coffee grinds. We put them into the compost or worm farm and return the washed container. The drop off point is the blue stone block near the tap.

Chillies are the only produce to share with her at the moment.

The backyard is looking more under control too (well, parts of it).

The salvia is growing so well I have planted two more.

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A helebore made it through years of neglect, so I figure they grow well in the garden too. Two more have gone in.

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The tatty one on the right is the older plant. One of the new plants is at the back, behind the foxgloves.

Mum gave me a punnet of corn flowers. They are doing well, growing at the base of the sedum.

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The poor fuchsia isn’t doing so well. It may need more sun. And a repot.

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The pelargonium is flowering well, but something gets in and munches the flowers before the bud opens. Any thoughts?

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But the begonias are thriving on neglect

While our vine is looking rather tatty, and there are so many leaves to sweep…

I am lucky to be able to enjoy the neighbour’s tree from my back door. Autumn is a magical season.

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19 thoughts on “How does my garden grow?

  1. sometimes just chopping something back to almost the baseline, allows the whole plant to rejuvenate and spring forth at the right season again…I have no garden, a few pots that have real oddments in…I had thought when I came here, I would “garden” but it just hasn’t happened…and now the lawn care guy is good at keeping it all tidy…

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    1. I agree with pruning. I gave the pelargoniums a good hair cut last month and they have responded really well. It didn’t get rid of the pesky little critter eating the flower though. 😟

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        1. i suspect that all I will do is grumble about the pest and not do anything! Maybe something else in the garden will be looking for a juicy morsel and gobble him up.

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  2. I know there are some lovely things in the new garden here, but I’ve had no real chance to do anything out there. However, with winter coming and mild, fresh weather, I’ll be getting out there and getting my hands dirty, and it’s a great time of year to have a go at cooler climate vegies to see if I can make a success of peas and beans in the tropics!

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    1. Winter up north must be the perfect time to garden, and you now have the new one to explore. It will be interesting to see what unexpected things pop up (and I am not including weeds!)

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      1. It’s certainly a good time to tidy things up. There are lots of things that need pruning: trained hibiscus trees that need getting back into shape, things that have gone long and straggly, small trees where I need to raise the canopy a bit so I don’t have to crouch to get under them! But I think the vegie garden may have to wait a bit. The bananas, pawpaws and pineapples will look after themselves 🙂

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    1. I love the feeling of a good day’s work in the garden. It is so satisfying to know that the seeds I have planted are working their magic under the earth.

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  3. Thank you for introducing me to the blue banded bee. I looked them up after your last post and they are unique in more ways than just their coloring. Lovely specimens. It’s a funny thing, I am allergic to bee stings, but I love bees!
    Go figure.

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    1. Aren’t they a beautiful bee? I was so surprised at see it in my very suburban garden, as I thought they were country bees. It has been around for about a month now, and I feel very honoured.

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  4. It’s so funny seeing many of the same plants I have in my Pacific Northwest garden in your “wrong side of the globe” garden! If you want some of our rain, I can send a bit to you since we’re getting inundated this month, making hard to get out and enjoy spring. By the way, I love the idea of sharing your compost bin with the neighbor. :))

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    1. Oh, yes please to the rain ~ but not flooding rains, just good soaking ones. I have just read your garden post, and loved seeing the Spring flowers like daffodils appearing. And what a wonderful gardening guru Finn is!

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  5. Our gardens have much in common despite the variance in our east coast zones, and we have similar gardening styles… I encourage and replant anything that grows successfully. This garden likes old-fashioned tough plants. My guess at the hungry critter eating your pelargonium buds is probably a some sort of grasshopper … often they are elusive and evident only by their damage; not much you can do about it.

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  6. Really loved this post! It’s nice to experience gardening virtually especially for those of us that live in apartments. It would be great to see this as a regular feature if it isn’t already! It also seems that there’s a trade going on with the compost for the chillies.

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