Archive for December, 2010

4 more Sleeps….

December 21st, 2010

Not long to go...

Not long to go now folks!  Christmas is nearly here!  I have not had a great deal of time to spend in the garden and what time there has been has been spent doing mini missions or cleaning outdoor furniture, sweeping etc.  I am hoping that some of my Christmas guests will take a moment to look out my window, now that it is clean enough to do so, and perhaps comment, ‘Gosh, you don’t have any cobwebs under the porch roof and how wonderfully clean all your outdoor furniture is.’  But, of course, they would only comment if I didn’t remove all the cobwebs or if they sat on the outdoor chairs and got dusty bottoms. 

Waddles can't see what the fuss is all about

Windows I think are for looking through at the garden, not really looking at to see if they are clean.  But, when they get to the stage of inhibiting the view from their dust, well, I guess it is time to do something.  I did that something yesterday and yes, I am feeling quite pleased with them now that they are done.  In Melbourne, at the moment it is much too wet to do much gardening as such, but cleaning windows can be done under the cover and at least it got me outdoors.

So, the tree is up, presents are under, windows washed, cobwebs removed, shortbread cooked, bring it on!!~  Mind you, I think I might have acted just a little hasty with the cooking of the shortbread, it is disapearing  quicker than I had planned, might have to make another batch.

Anyway, I am off into the garden before the next lot of rain to plant out some dahlias, happy gardening!

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December Garden

December 14th, 2010

Salvia

My December garden has been quite a wet place to be this year!  So wet some plants have been drowned!  Poor wee little things!  Rain has come down in bucket-fulls, my sunken garden became a duck pond, much to their delight!  The broad beans are almost finished now, although we are still enjoying them with our dinner every other night!  No one has complained as yet.  But I think it just as well that they are coming to an end.  My tomatoe plants are loving the rain almost as much as the ducks!  I planted some basil near the tomatoes and tried out some black basil, which looks just super, but doesn’t grow as quickly or as happily. 

Hydrangea cuttings with tiny flowers :)

Once again this is the month the hydrangeas seem to come into their own.  I love this month because I can watch the changing flowers.  I love the way they begin so very small and delicate, green and furled, then grow large and lustrous.  I love the way the colour seeps into the green flowers until the bush is covered with masses of pink.  The little baby cuttings I took earlier in the year have tiny baby flowers, I am so proud of them!

Of course, December is a hectic month and I have been running about with umbrellas, christmas shopping, catching up with friends and such.  It is such a busy month it is hard to find time for the garden, even my five minute garden bag has been neglected and despite my best intentions, the weeds have won the battle for the moment.  But for the most part I have kept up with dead-heading my roses, probably because it is such a pleasant task, a good way to relax in the evening and much more interesting than TV.

Well, today the sun is shinning, and the garden calls, so happy gardening!

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Life outside the Window

December 7th, 2010

Kookaburras high in a tree just beyond my window

Looking outside the window today there is rain!  Drenching and heavy, the sky is full of water and the gutters are overflowing.  It is still humid.  Humid and wet!  The ducks are loving it.  But it is too wet to be outside.  So, I stand and watch life outside the window.

The ducks

I worked hard in the back garden yesterday and it is looking really pretty.  It is a pleasure to go and stand by the back door and look around.  I have a great feeling of accomplishment.  Yesterday, while I was chopping back I discovered a nest (the blackbirds’)  Inside were two tiny baby chicks, only just hatched by the look of them.  Small and fluffy.  What a magic moment!  I have carefully covered up the spot and will leave gardening down there for the time being.

The rosellas are back in the garden as well.  So pretty!  I love to watch from my kitchen window.  It is a magic place out there, just beyond the window.  How lovely to have my very special place.  My garden.

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