Archive for May, 2011

May Plant

May 29th, 2011

The Mahonia Japonica

My Mahonia is a beautiful evergreen shrub with hansome glossy leaves and at this time of the year in my garden it is covered with long drooping spikes of fragrant yellow flowers.  The birds love it and so do I!  Mahonias are really useful plants for hard conditions.  Frosty or hot, shady or dry, any position seems to suit them which makes them a perfect choice for me!

beautiful long yellow spikes of flowers

It is so wonderful to step out into the garden and smell the fragrance of the flowers and sometimes I bring a few into the house so I can indulge on wet rainy afternoons without getting my feet wet.  The Mahonia attracts birds, they love it, esp honeyeaters.  I like to plant things that birds can enjoy, I think it is really their garden even more than my own.  It seems sad to plant things that can’t help to feed all the birds that live nearby.

But as with all things worthwhile, there is a down side, the holly like leaves tend to scratch you as you jiggle about underneath weeding nearby.  But other than that I just love it to bits!

Well, I am off out to put the ducks into their little house for the night.

Happy gardening!

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My May Garden

May 26th, 2011

some of my kookaburra friends call in for a visit to my garden

My May garden is at the moment a rather depressing and untidy sight.  It is true the weeds are winning once again.  The only colour is from my dependable sasanqua camellia.  This bush always lifts my spirits at this time of the year.  It is a lovely deep red and it attracts the birds who love the nectar.  Another hit with the birds of the garden is the pineapple sage in the back yard the little honey eaters love this one.


I have not had the time to spend out in the garden of late, but I mean to get out there very soon and make an assault on all those weeds!  I am also planning to rake up all those leaves for my compost.  Waste not, want not and I need the exercise! 

One exciting thing in my garden is my fig tree, the leaves are dropping and the rest of the figs [the ones I have not already eaten] are juicy and ready for the bowl!  Harvest time!  Mr Fig tree has done very well indeed, quite enjoying his wet summer and autumn. 

Well, I am off out to collect some figs – I plan to serve them with ricotta and honey, a true autumn feast.

Happy gardening!

figs -under the net

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