Sunday, August 29, 2010

Feed me Seymour!

The Plumcot has a really weird way of producing its leaves in Spring, unlike any plant i've seen before.

Except perhaps... this one?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pruning with a vengance!

Roses must be pruned hard in winter to allow for vigerous new growth in Spring so don't be afraid to get your circular saw out and ignore any strange looks from passers by. In all seriousness I thought this would be the gentlest way to remove such a large branch without disturbing the rest of the tree.

First signs of the Plumcots

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Plum Tree Rainbow Lorikeet

This Lorikeet was not particularly helpful. It refused to face the camera and then once I had the ideal shot it flew off squawking and defecating furiously as it went!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Spring Rose Growth

Roses have an interesting way of unfurling their leaves at the beginning of spring. Its like they're all folder together perfectly within the leaf bud like a sail or a parachute. I've got in early this year with Potash and Dynamic Lifter to ensure they are strong enough to fight off the black spot which caused heaps of problems last year.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The apple trees have arrived!

It is essential that new trees pass Sam's rigorous inspection. This includes claw sharpening on the box, trying to eat one of them and he likes to incubate them as below.

For some reason I chose only idyllic looking eating apples, no ugly but delicious cooking apples or inedible but intoxicating cider apples. Hopefully i'll find some space in the garden for a couple of cooking apples a bit later. Below is what i'm looking forward to in a year or two.

Pomme de neige (Snow Apple)

Crofton (A childhood favorite of mine)

Summer Strawberry (chosen solely on appearances!)

The apples came from Woodbridge Nursery in Tassie, these guys are doing an important job and doing it well.

First spring flower power (no match for my glower power)

These flowers are on the Plumcot, mutant thing that it is. This is the first time it has flowered so i'm hoping for some fruit this year. I bought this one only because of how nice the fruit looked on the tag!

The broad beans which I planted for green manure are flowering and attracting unwanted attention. I want to turn them into the soil now but people keep telling me how delicious they are and how much they're looking forward to the beans. Looks like i'm going to have to leave them a while longer.