Monday, September 16, 2013
Such a lovely quiet weekend .. spent time in my garden. Decadent hours with some of my gardening book collection scattered around me. A few mugs of Yorkshire Tea. Inspirational and melodic music playing from my iPod. Birds twittering. Sun trying to break through the clouds. I hadn’t spent such a peaceful relaxing and decadent time in the back yard for a long time. And it was just wonderful, thank you very much.
And I finally started a long-awaited project of naming the plants that surround me …. this is truly a formidable task and one I’d started a number of times and just given up.
But Saturday was the day that I once again began this Herculean task. Armed with my (new) aluminum writing case (I’ll just have to take a photo today to show this and my notes) …. I started at one side of the yard and began the initial rough drawings, along with a legend of names.
Discovered quite a few name tags were not attached to the plants, so began taking photos and will do some research. If I have trouble identifying them, then one day soon I will post photos and ask for help from the gardening community!
Oh, wow .. I know that I am a plantaholic but even the list that I made overwhelms me. I’m currently on page 11 and have only covered maybe less than 3/4 of the yard. Gulp
Then I took time out to move some of the recently acquired bales of hay .. the dance of moving the bales from the car, through to the back yard and then to the compost area has begun:
While moving the hay, I heard the soft trill of the European Starling
Dainty little sunflower peeking out of the tomato planted basket .. how sweet ..
Volunteer tomatoes have sprung up among the squash plants …
It seems as if these jewels have popped up overnight …. they are pretty
The magic of plants .. ever-growing in the sun (and the rain)
Tiny little squash .. still lots of growing time left as the first frost in Victoria isn’t predicted till early November.
Another little patch of sunflowers .. growing near one of the bird feeders …
This squash is growing quite well .. wondering how big it will be when it is time to harvest! I plan to save this one for decoration until it’s finally time to cook it ..
Lots of surprises every day in the garden … as I find little treasures tucked away …
I truly was surprised to see the one luffa plant that survived! I’d started out with maybe 6 that had sprouted. This jewel keeps opening up flowers daily …..I love the shape and texture, they are very delicate ..almost humble
Every luffa fruit that had grown lasted only for a few days before dropping off, so this really was a treat to find an actual luffa growing around the aluminum tubes that are stored here. And imagine my surprise when I found another one growing nearby yesterday! These really are gifts from my garden. Thank you.
And I just liked the look of the sage plant growing nearby …. I have zillions of sage seeds, so perhaps next year I’ll plant a hedge .. that would be very striking in the summer!
Grow on .. squash … whether or not I actually am able to harvest squash from this plant matters not The beauty fills my heart with the joy of the magic of plants. Plus this will be nice to look at in the cool winter months when I dream again of planting my veggie garden! Although I think that I might make a structure for them to grow on. This is my first experience of growing them and is a bit of a learning curve that happens to all.
There are a few of this type of squash growing .. looks like a spaghetti squash, but not really sure what it is.
It just never gets tired .. the joy and magic I find in my garden. And I’ve so enjoyed the wonderful time just being outside, looking through books. Getting to know what is growing where and listing the names. I’m reconnecting with the beauties that I’ve been gathering for a few years.
Some will be moved to another area of the yard. Some will be propagated quite easily. Lots to do yet in my back yard adventures. And more delightful discoveries to be made as I venture out there.
Time to start my day!