Spring zing

Blossoms & bulbs in bloom today

I haven’t had any time for blogging this week; we’re up to our eyeballs at work finishing Homegrown Flowers (if you order it now, you can get it for just $11).  So here’s a pic (click on the picture to get a better look) of all the homegrown flowers in my garden this morning. (One of the joys of being horribly late getting my bulbs in over winter is that I’ve still got loads of daffs in bloom now.) The tulips have been particularly stunning this spring; I’m amazed how well they’ve stood up in the torrential rain we’ve had this week. The bluebells and forget-me-nots under our liquidambars are gorgeous; my globe artichokes are delicious; and all my peaches, plums and cherries are blossoming.

It's looking promising for 'Jersey Bennes' for Christmas

Meanwhile, in the vege garden, we’re going to have enough spuds to feed half the local community. Inspired by all the furrowed fields in the market gardens around Pukekohe, I just can’t stop planting them! 12 bags to date… it will be interesting to see which varieties do best. I’ve put in ‘Jersey Benne’, ‘Cliff’s Kidney’, ‘Purple Heart’, ‘Ilam Hardy’ and two new varieties from Tui called ‘Moi Moi’ and ‘Summer Delight’.

Whoosh! Everything has doubled in size with all the rain this week

It’s incredible how quickly everything takes off after a couple of nights of heavy rain. My lettuces have gone from scrawny seedlings to big-headed beauties (better start eating them). And I’m as pleased as punch with the progress we’ve made planting everything in rows around the lawn. But I really wish I’d stood my ground in the discussion (translation: argument) that my darling husband and I had over the design of our vege garden.  He was adamant that I was not allowed to plant right up to the edge of the rock wall around the lawn, because otherwise we’d end up leaving muddy tracks all over the lawn every time we lugged a load of compost down there, or pushed the wheelbarrow, or dragged the hose along. So instead we’ve got an ugly (but practical) 40cm strip down the side… that’s slowly filling up with weeds… except those weeds are all self-sown wildflowers, and I can’t bring myself to pull out free plants, so I guess I’ll get my way in the end.

7 thoughts on “Spring zing

  1. Those are some fabulous looking potatoes Linda! Very jealous, as yet we have not had a lot of success with potatoes or tomatoes here in Wanganui. Can’t believe you managed to plant that many gladdies in one day (read in Get Growing), are you able to tell me if I can plant all the little tiny bulblets off of gladdies grown last year and if so, would they flower this year?

  2. Wow, what a wonderful looking vegie garden you have. Here in the Deep South my potatoes aren’t even showing through yet, the peas we planted a while ago are really struggling because of multiple frosts lately and the only way i can grow lettuce just now is in the tunnel house. I do so love the South but I must say living north certainly has some advantages!

  3. Oh to have a big country garden!!!. Your garden must be a real picture. We have a lot of colour in our small suburban garden, and our vegetables are mainly in tubs and buckets, washing machine bowls etc. Our potatoes are grown in polystyrene boxes (discarded from Countdown ), and they are growing well. We actually had 3 meals of new potatoes last week, as I had no more bought ones. They were Jersey Benne,and delicious!!. We have grown our strawberries in a couple of old baths for the last 5 years, with pine needles as mulch.We have our chard / silverbeet interspersed in flower gardens. —- Arctotis, daisies, Felica, cinararias, bluebells ,forget-me- nots, dutch irises, arum lillies are a few of my flowers that come to mind. Camelias and cherry blossom, fosythia, peach, apple, chinese lantern (apricot ) and Genesta( Little Imp ) are also flowering well. Look forward to ‘Homegrown Flowers’. Must get ordering. Thankyou Lynda for sharing your garden with us all.

  4. Hi Linda, and thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy your garden. I am most impressed, and with a wee baby to look after too.
    The strip down the edge will look lovely with the wild flowers and should bring all kinds of beneficial insects too. Or thats what you could tell the “man of the manor”. Spring is such a beautiful time. Here in Waikanae the camellias are all but finished, rhodos are flowering madly, and there are just a few roses out. Lovely, lovely, and they all look so happy and healthy after a morning of showers, and now bright sun. How can you not enjoy the garden?

  5. Wow, your garden looks wonderful, mine is not looking as good, I envy all your space. May your growth continue. Your asparagus sounds terrific. “Good Growing.

  6. Hi Lynda, hey I love those photo montage things you do (above with the flowers and I remember another with the frosts a while back) how do you do it? Would be great with my kids on a canvas (and Lucas I’m sure would look equally cute, can we have a recent photo of the little man?)

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