Monday, June 06, 2011

Winter Garden

Busy week this week, hard work too with a visit to the Max Brenner chocolate cafe and the kids athletics carnival (yes, picture me in my knee high ug boots holding Miss 6 by the hand as we sprint the 25m to the finishing line, in between sitting in the bleachers, sipping hot chocolate and chatting with all the other mums).

We're also into the first week of winter (in Australian terms anyway), so I thought I'd share a few pics of what's going on in the garden, and surviving temperatures that go BELOW ten degrees (celsius).
Our single mandarin, nearly ripe
Heirloom beans, on bean teepees in the front garden
Rhubarb, just planted and settling in very nicely
The cherry tree has lost its leaves, the apricot and the crab apple are thinking about it, and the apples are showing no interest so far.  They're saying we're in for a really cold winter this year, so it'll be interesting to see how everything goes over the next few months.  I kind-of want it to be cold to keep the apples happy, but at the same time I'm actively growing a lot of stuff over the cold months this year, so I'm hoping it doesn't freeze the bejeesus out of them.

So I'd like it to be very cold but not that cold at all, if that could be arranged.


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Tenille @ Help!Mum said...

Oh Max, how I miss your spiced hot chocolate and chocolate licks. Your garden is looking great! Mine is overrun by strawberries would you believe. They're slow to ripen, but flowering all over the place.

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Am so looking forward to seeing Max :)  

Garden is looking weedy!!  Awesome about your strawbs, mine are trying to have a few here and there but nothing's ripening, just staying green and then rotting off.  They're supposed to be semi-deciduous, but mine are showing no sign of leaves changing colour. Hmm.