Monday, December 28, 2009

The garden

Blackberries ripening. They've been netted to prevent avian interlopers.

Since the orchard has been securely netted, for the first time in years there are no birds inside. Which has led to a slight upset to the balance of nature - insects are proliferating: gorgeously marked spiders, earwigs, cabbage moths. Cherry slug is under control though.

This morning a kookaburra became caught between the rabbit proof fence and the netting. When released it flew into a huge eucalypt nearby - kookaburras from all over the place flew in, and there was much noise welcoming and consoling - a kookaphony?

Have just discovered this rose. It's in the pump house bed, where there are many very old roses. It's hard to tell if they are on root stock, but they are in poor condition, so I'm tempted to try and propagate as they all have beautiful scents.

The kitchen garden - a haven for rabbits! Unfortunately.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oh, the energy

Have just stumbled (how else do we find things on the internet?) across this blog The author plans to write daily for 10,000 days about life in Spitalfields. It's a delight.

Morello cherry jam in the making

Eight jars - but the set wasn't all that great. Yummy though.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The beginning of harvest

Morello cherries glowing like jewels. They are unbelievably luminous - I spent ages just sitting looking at the fruit, when I was supposed to be harvesting. Two plants = 2.6kg one, 0.6kg the other. And that's the extent of the morello gathering for this year.

If you look very closely at these sweet cherries you can see my reflection! Well - if you had the original hi-res image you could.

Heavily laden bee in the chestnut catkin. I spent ages trying to photograph the very busy bees, but they wouldn't stay still long enough! There were millions of bees in the lavender - but they had nothing in their pollen pockets.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Precious peony remnant

Then, not long after, I disturbed a snake which had taken up residence in netting I'd left lying on the verandah for weeks. Lesson: NEVER leave things lying around, always put them away. The next day at a bbq neighbours remarked how it had been about 20 years since the last sighting of snakes in the area. The snake wasn't all that big and seemed relatively unperturbed at being shaken out - it slithered off into the corrugated iron leaning between the shed and water tank. Wellies will be de rigueur when the iron is moved. And then there are all those ag pipes behind the shed ....