Saturday, 10 August 2019

Bravo Augustus...

August, last weeks of winter.  The days are stretching towards spring, full of promises  for longer and warmer days. Firstly with the strongly scented Jonquils Earlycheer. They are around for a short while and then disappear again for a whole year without much ado.

Organic mushrooms are sold in small cardboardboxes which I can recycle  to collect vegetables in my garden, like sugarpeas, small zucchinis and cherry tomatoes. I like them so much better than plastic. When they are deteriorating I can compost them.

I have harvested the last Mandarins and Oranges.  I have made some Marmalade and must make a few glasses more; Quick and easy in the Thermomix.

In the time of abundance of Oranges I like to use them in cakes as well. Like the spanish Almond and Orange cake. You cook 2 oranges until soft and mix the pulp inclusive rind with ground Amonds, sugar  and eggs. No flour. It is rich and delicious.  
I like also a very easy, simple one made with 3 eggs,  100g butter, 120g sugar 1 big orange,  juice,
130g self rising flour. The batter is very wet but rises beautifully 180 C until baked, test with a skewer around  45 minutes.
A similar one but with added ground walnuts. I never use as much sugar as stated in the recipes as it would be to sweet for me.

This is the simple one without added nuts.

Cooking should always be done with love and time and aticipation of something tasty.  
I love to cook. I always cook from scratch, love to go into the vegetable garden to collect fresh vegetabeles. 😉
My favourites to cook are Moussaka, and Lasagna and so much more.

...and aren't we all moved by light? Alumine motus.

Tempus breve est. 

Although sundials date back to around 3500 BC, the mottos on them didn’t begin showing up until hundreds of years later, in the 16th century. It isn’t exactly known how this tradition first started, but seeing as how sundial makers spent such a great deal of their lives devoted to time and timekeeping, it’s only natural that their feelings about the topic would eventually influence the design of their art.

In the Kitchengarden. 14/08/2019

Neighbours Nasturtium find their way into my garden. I do not mind, I enjoy the flowers and then I use them in my herb salt, tiny colourful spots.

A very healthy looking Potato plant.

I love Fennel, such a wonderful tasting vegetable. These are the bulbs not the herb.

Beetroot is very tasty as salad or as vegetable.

Bees love this ancient China rose "Old Blush" two bees are burying deep into the flower to get the pollen and the nectar.

Love the lanky, tall growing old French Rose "Jeanne Ducher."

Les roses sont sublime.

Sometimes we find brittle, faded pressed rose petals between the pages of a book, as a lovely surprise,  wondering who has put the rose between the pages.

Monday, 1 July 2019

...and now into July 2019

I never forget my first garden in Australia. A trial of hope and errors. Ts

Winter is the time to enjoy  Camellias.

Wandering around the garden.

....picked a couple of roses.

You are never closer to nature then in your own garden. You learn to accept the moods and uncertainty of nature. Sometimes kind and beautiful, but also cruel and devastating. Nothing beats a walk in the garden on a beautiful, early morning.  Ts

Camellia are the show offs in Winter.

I replanted many hanging baskets with hardy, simple succulents, as they are much easier to maintain in the hot summer month. Last summer was very hot and dry and I was struggling to keep all the pots and baskets watered. This will make it much easier.

This one shares a pot with a geranium.

A wall pot, this one gets very hot in summer, this succulent does not mind.

Tillandsia likes to grow on certain native trees. This one loves the Clarence river Baeckia, a lovely weeping small tree.

As we only live once, we better make the best of it. Ts

Last day July;


Camellia Pink gold.

Poinsettia winter colours are fading now to a pretty pink-wash look.

I better let July fade away as well, looking forward to August the last month of winter.

I may see you soon.

Photos/Text mygarden Ts Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens.

Monday, 3 June 2019

My peaceful Garden;

Winter/June 2o19

Poinsettia preparing for winter colour.

Sweetpotatoes growing in the kitchen garden.

The lovely french rose Perle D'or visited by the tiny native bees (Tetragonula bees) I have two hives on the wall of the house. These tiny bees are stingless.

One of many favourites, Salvia, Embers Wish.

Favourite inhabitant in my garden. 
Australian water dragon. Intellagama lesueurii
The Australian water dragon, which includes the eastern water dragon and the Gippsland water dragon subspecies, is an arboreal agamid species native to eastern Australia from Victoria northwards to Queensland. 

....and sometimes I have the cutest visitors in the garden.

....awakening flower of the sour sop fruit. 
Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree. The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean and is widely propagated. It is in the same genus, Annona, as cherimoya and is in the Annonaceae family.

In the herb garden, not just herbs, also playful, makes a happy life.

Humanity needs gardens, the symbols of life and beauty and sadly the cruelty of nature, the impermanence of everything living. Ts

Sometimes I find a little reminder from my youngest granddaughter, in a cookbook. 
(Goi=Grossmammi=grandma Swiss German was to long a word for a tiny girl, she shortened it to Goi and it stayed that way.

Hidden away in a overgrown garden nook I found this long forgotten, sweet Orchid. Unfortunately the name is long forgotten.

quite like the self sown Coleus, enjoying the morning sun.

Hoya cumingiana sits in this tiny pot since 30 years. Flowers profusely in its time.

For now...until tomorrow if and when it comes..

“For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but it may stand for garden in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there. Then you may remember Galadriel, and catch a glimpse far off of Lórien, that you have seen only in our winter. For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Ts for Lavender and Vanilla

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Autumn/May 2019

After quite a long absence from blogging I had to have, I am back, maybe with new vigour, may be...The garden in May looks lush. Summer 2018/19 was very dry and uninspiring.

7 AM early morning sun in the Living room; 7/may/2019  


The kitchengarden provides Basil to make  a tasty Pesto. I used for this one  Tasmanian walnuts instead of Pine nuts.

A highlight are always Alamanda flowers, on top A. Caramel and A. Cherry.

We do not get snow but we still get Snowflakes. Euphorpia leucocephala

A highlight every autumn  are the Tree-dahlia flowers winking from
 above high stems.

In the fruit growing season now
citrus are ripening and providing fine juices. Soursop is bearing fruit and Pinks Mammoth were really huge and delicious.

Custard apples

The earliest very large Mandarins.

Daily native visitors in the garden.
Wonga Pigeons and the smaller crested Pigeons and the ever so naughty, lively rainbow lorikeets.

Simples; recycling at its best. Kintsugi (Japanese) embraces imperfection
and minimises  waste.

...and now,
"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran