Sassy summer

I’m sitting at our kitchen table. The doors are wide open – it’s been a hot summer’s day. Birds are cheeping away merrily outdoors, the sprinkler is on and jets of water can be seen splashing over the lawn and flower beds. Blog time … tap, tap, tap on the keyboard.


I zoomed around our veg garden on Saturday with the 60-litre spray pump sloshing in the back full of seaweed fertiliser. The garden stood to attention as I liberally sprayed the tonic about, stopping every now and again to squash a green shield beetle spotted sun baking (shame on them). Our backyard citrus and feijoa trees also received a good dousing.  One of our lemon trees is dying which is such as shame as it has been so prolific – but those citrus borer are alive and well within.


Chamomile – the plant Doctor

My brother John, is back in town which is magic as he also has a rather large green thumb, and let’s face it, there is nothing like some good company and an extra pair of hands.


We netted some of our peaches and plums last week, which given that some of the trees are on the ‘large’ size was a great feat. As we don’t have enough netting to cover the entire tree, we could only net from the ground up, so our orchard now resembles a line-up of trees with petticoats! Glamorous protection … The birds might still have access but those marauding possums will not! Nice to beat nature every now and again isn’t it?


Who says weeds can’t look good!

Busy, busy, busy!  There is nothing like hauling out the chipper and poking a pile of phoenix palm fronds into the void, listening as the machine grunts and groans as it chops and grinds. We were going great guns until the machine ground to a halt in protest – a chunk of wood jammed in the mechanics. While this wasn’t the planned exit for the day, we ambled dusty and dirty back up the driveway, patting each other on the back. As I’m a mulching fiend, I’m in heaven.


At last the Egyptian walking onions have been hauled from their bed and are drying on our concrete driveway. Garlic has been dried and trimmed and is now sitting in storage. Empty beds have been mulched to protect the occupants (microorganisms and worms) from the weather.

My carrots are still jostling about in their bed – I haven’t thinned them yet .. surprise, surprise. Plus I’ve been carting water to our pumpkins, and giving them pep talks – I suspect they aren’t listening!


Chook conference

Sally is finally off the cluck, her crazy antics have ceased although she is immensely enjoying ‘scaring’ the young chickens. And speaking of those five teenage chooks, it is looking much like we have five hens. Wow, I can’t believe it! Not a rooster in sight 🙂


Deep in thought

I have come to the conclusion that I might have planted too many flowers in my veg garden … LOL


We are munching on runner beans, zucchini, cucumbers, spuds and herbs the odd tomato and beetroot. Nothing like growing your own!

Happy gardening …

62 thoughts

  1. Beautiful photos! The hen is leaving the sheep be? We use mulch for everything. We have a standing offer with all the tree trimmers in the area that if they have nowhere else to dump their chips, they can dump them on our property. One company dumped a big load of beautiful chips from mostly christmas trees right after the New Year. We have already spread the whole nine yards of it 😉 It’s interesting that we have a lot of the same “weeds” in New Mexico, but that is because a lot of desert type plants were brought into NM from Australia and south Africa over the years.

  2. Hi … yes that chook has finally given up sheep riding. Hilarious! I’m a huge fan of mulching, you can never ever have too much of it. Even in flower gardens, it works a treat. Ah, so it is the Aussie’s fault – LOL .. we do like sharing things ‘down under’. Thanks for stopping by

  3. Oh Julie. Lovely, lovely!!

    You write with such passion and so descriptively!

    Love the main photo (the one that shows up in my Reader) and I especially adore Chook Conference and Deep in Thought. Do you frame many of your photos and however would you decide which ones to frame?!? You are a natural, girlfriend!!

    • LOL … ah the praise. Oh thank you. Glad you enjoy my banter 🙂 I love those chook pics too. I spent ages crawling around yesterday with my camera. I’m sure they thought I was nuts! Sally is always close by talking to me. No I have never ever framed a pic. Funny I have never thought about it. Plus I’m particularly bad, I don’t shoot in RAW. Hugs to you Julie

      • That’s kind of funny in a way. When Bill and I took a photography class after we bought our first SLR, the instructor highly recommended we shoot in RAW, so we did. One of my co–workers had his own photography business on the side and he said he never did. He always used JPG!

        Go figure!!! Anyway, we just never found the time to really get under the hood with Photoshop and besides, RAW files take up a lot more space. So for now – until we find the time to devote to playing around, we’ll continue to shoot in JPG.

  4. Again I feel like I have just returned from a trip to the country. Oh the serenity Julie! What a blessed garden you have. Loving your photographs!

  5. Hi Julie, the second picture looks like a scene from the secret garden – absolutely stunning and it draws you into the garden and looks almost too magical to be true. You’ve perfectly framed that shot, well done. Where do you get the water from? Do you have a well? It sort od comforts me to see that others have to protect their crops as well…guess it’s birds with you too? Your veg garden looks so cheerful with the flowers. How I long for those lush, lazy, hot summer days 🙂

    • Hey Annette .. Oh I’m so pleased you like that photo. I was just walking through the hedge when I spotted it. Made me think of a window. Our water comes from a duck pond fed by a spring, without it no garden .. And yes, we have wild turkeys, birds and possums who all want to help us eat the fruit! always great to know I can share our place with you 😀

  6. Surely one of the best quotes about gardening: “I have come to the conclusion that I might have planted too many flowers in my veg garden.” The five hens are magnificent, despite the lack of a rooster. and your netting is both pretty and useful. What could be better?

  7. Wonderful post and photos Julie! It looks absolutely lovely there. Don’t wait too long to thin those carrots. I really like the photo of the onion flower (I think) silhouette. Take care.

    • Hey Bob! Thank you .. always love getting your comments. I know, I’m being bad about the carrots! You are absolutely right, it is an onion flower head with parsley going to seed on either side. Couldn’t resist the shot nor leaving them in the garden to last out their days 🙂 You take care too 😀

  8. These photos are magnificent! Looks like paradise and that chamomile: wow. I couldn’t agree more that there is nothing like growing your own food.

  9. You can never have too many flowers 😀
    Another enjoyable wander with you around the garden Jules – love your chookies!
    Is the big plantation pines or something else? (the pic with the chooks and the sheep).
    Glad you’re enjoying some beautiful summer days – ah makes life just great!

  10. i forgot to plant cleomes this season, and look at all that pink prettiness i am missing out on! for the height of summer, your garden looks green and lush. such a lovely tour thru it,as always 🙂

  11. It’s a green heaven/haven! And you can never have too many flowers. I love those cleomes. I’m planting more flowers this year from seed (I hope). They are just now germinating. Lots of colors. Last year I did a lot of purple and dark purples- this year a rainbow 🙂

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