I arrived back home from extended travel in January, that was 6 months ago, now I’m sleeping in the same bed every night. My days and weeks have become structured. I have enjoyed watching the garden change through the seasons. See the garden in its summer glory here. It is now mid-winter, but in Queensland that means slightly cooler days and nights and no humidity, ideal for working in the garden.
Back in January I planted vegetables and tomatoes in pots.
The tomatoes have done very well and kept us in a steady supply.
But, annoyingly, the birds also found them. A bird net over them solved that problem.
I keep the salad greens and herbs in pots so I can move them around to follow the sun. They are now down the far end of the garden in a sheltered area, protected from the winter winds, and they get all day sun.
The raised bed for herbs, in the front garden keeps on keeping on.
So that is my vegetable supply and my entry into Jude’s (earth laughs in flowers) weekly/monthly garden photography challenge and for July the theme is “the edible garden”
But while you are here I will take you for a garden walk to see what is happening in July in my garden.
Today winter has arrived it is a rather grey and dismal sort of day, showers are forecast and the temperature is only about 18c degrees, but until this week we have had some warm sunny days and this flowering shrub is bursting into flower. I inherited this shrub when I moved in and don’t know its name but it has a most beautiful soft scent and flowers twice during the year.
I wonder if you remember the bat plant, the most unusual plant in my garden (see it here) It is a true tropical plant and look at it now.
It certainly does not like the cooler temperatures. (this is for you Sue)
The compost bin is full and quietly decomposing. It has been a busy time of pruning and mulching as this year there has been plenty of rain and the growth has been phenomenal.
After that wander around the garden I would like to invite you inside ( joining Ailsa’s Travel Theme, Indoors), through my front door. (Joining Norm’s “Thursday Doors” challenge)
Come into my very untidy “studio”. That is possibly a rather pretentious term for where I now like to indulge in my new passion.
So for a while I am going to be loving and leaving you all.
I took my first tentative steps into the virtual world of the blogosphere in 2009. Since then it has become a major part of my life, journaling my daily and weekly happenings, joining in challenges, searching through thousands of photos in my archives to find the perfect submission for the themes. Taking photos with the ever-present thought of “will that be suitable for a post”, and, of course, making many dear friends from all over the world in this wonderful virtual world of Word Press. Enjoying the connection of “chatting” and commenting with other bloggers and the community spirit of friendship.
Now I want to take a break, spend more time practising art, trying and learning new techniques. Immersing myself in the flow of creativity, reading more books and of course spending time in the garden.
I’m sure I am going to have withdrawal symptoms, 7 years of regular posts is a major commitment, so I will occasionally pop by to say “G’day” and keep in touch with my blogging buddies.
The hammock hangs forlorn and unused waiting for summer.
Maybe I will find time to do some house-work, but I will not disturb this spider I think they do a good job of catching mosquitoes.
So that’s it for now. I hope you all have a really great weekend. Bye for now…
This post was a great read! I enjoy reading your blog posts!
Merry Christmas to you and Jack, Pauline. I know I haven’t been visiting in a while, but here I am to find you are now taking a break to paint, and having a glimpse of your studio is a treat. You have such talent. I look forward to reading your posts when you can get to them and please share your painting expeditions. Your garden is exquisite and I am sure a source of inspiration always!!