Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mowing

This morning, after a really busy week,  I mowed quite a bit of the yard...  that old saying "turn weeds into lawn" doesn't quite do it,   but at least it is easier to get around most of it now....
 ... without cold wet feet!   I can also hang the washing out without getting seriously wet feet....


The potatoes are still growing... the older plants are doing much better than the tiny new ones,  but they are all going to be alright, I thiink...

The broad beans are all up, though this patch needs some serious weeding....
 ... stinging nettles are doing well, but will make good fertiliser.

The main little patch is a lot easier to deal with.....
 .... and the plants are looking healthy so far.

Broccoli is still producing (cauliflowers too) ....
 .... and the ones that I have already raided are now producing side shoots....
... these side shoots are just as good as the main crop, and, while probably not worth fiddling around with for the commercial producers,  they are really good in the back yard where a little bit every day serves best.

My favourite rose bush is flowering.  This one had a hard time a couple of years ago when it was pruned into a bush shape by a "helper"... when it is actually a climber!
 It is a rose without the multiple rows of petals....
 ... just beautiful.

The jonquils are flowering as well, and this one is one of my favourites....

.... and it is salvia season!  So beautiful....

and this (very similar) one "African Skies"....

Salvia leucantha  (Mexican sage)....


Salvia microphylla (Huntington's red).....


Salvia chamelaeagnia (a native to South Africa)


... and even the weeds are flowering....  sour sobs (oxalis), another South African plant that was introduced as a garden plant many, many years ago....
... and they are now impossible to eradicate.  It's a pity that the early settlers didn't look around for local native plants for their gardens.

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