Friday, August 31, 2018

What's Happening in the New Garden?

Bulbs that came with me in pots are flowering. The rain knocked these freesias with very long stems to the ground. There are other orange plants beginning to flower under the cherry trees. Clivias  like the shade.
 Yesterday I went out during a spell in the rain and planted a new rose called Golden Jubilee. My sister had it in a bucket since the end of last year and bought it up when they came to visit late Monday. It didn't seem the worse for too long in a container so I hope it likes its new place in my new garden.
 The dying box hedge to the right of it is on the list of things to pull out so then it will have more space.

R has had seed potatoes out sprouting ( chitting ) . He is clearing a patch of garden at the end of the vege garden of irises and renga renga lilies. They host slugs and snails and along with agapanthus are not great things to have planted beside edible plants - just asking for trouble. ( we will remove them all given time ) 


 Down the steepish  bank where all the fruit trees are growing the first few pink buds are appearing on I think a peach tree and this plum is covered with blossom.
 Right at the bottom of the property near the estuary it can be very wet - especially when the tide is in. This Swamp Cypress is an ideal tree for the conditions. I noticed it is just showing new green leaves . Here from a distance it still looks bare.
(The pear tree is to the right behind it ) 

 In the vege garden that was already here we have lots of side shoots on broccoli and cabbages coming ready. Cauliflowers are showing promise too. We have grapefruit and lemons in abundance.
 Everything I have planted new is doing okay.  ( my snow peas and broad beans are climbing!  )  Rabbits visit the garden daily and so far R has only been able to eliminate one ! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I have finished knitting a jersey for elder Grandson and a beanie as well.

 Its about the 4th time I have knitted this 4 ply  Jersey pattern and think its a good one by Debbie Bliss.
 Its a really wet day here in BOP so its all inside activities.
 I am now working on an embroidered felt ball for new Grandson.
 I wonder what motifs I will decide to put on it?

Friday, August 17, 2018

A New Family Member.

Finally rid of our nasty bugs we got to visit the Big Smoke yesterday and meet first hand our new Grandson.  He was born last week. A tiny wee brother for Grandson who you have recently seen here on this blog when he was flying a kite.
 This is my favourite photo I took. Son was holding him and  big Grandson was talking to him so he was listening and looking where the voice was coming from. We  are very pleased to have 2 lovely grandsons. 

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Many Different Views.

Today it is overcast and misty giving us quite different views from the house.
 This is from the lounge door. 
 On a finer day this pic looks up the valley from the top steps.

The clumps of daffodils are a bright splash of colour 

This lot Molly with the avocado tree behind them.
See it is quite large.  As we know what to do with avos we will prune it into a vase shape to let more light in and reduce the overall height.
I picked some of the first blossom from the flowering Cherry ( Pink Cloud  - 3 of those ). It came out quickly inside in the vase.The trees have a real red tinge and will shortly burst forth.

 You know I like taking photos of mailboxes well this is ours...the one with the red flag up.
( no scruffy boxes allowed obviously ) 
 These of course equate to how many homes are in out small subdivision.

 I got my knitting out yesterday. Hurrah!!. Feels really good to be knitting again. I made rapid progress. Just the sleeves to do now.
 I think my cold is on the way out -seems better today. Having to stay in in the warm so here's hoping.