Monday, December 1, 2008

flowers and tomatoes

I did finish weeding the watercress out and I dug that end of the old chook run over, removing the dead zucchini along the way. I've now planted the rest of the tomato plants in the new space. They may be too late going in, but I think it's worth trying.

Last night I had admired some beautiful flowers in my friend's garden and this afternoon she brought some bulbs (in plant and flower) around for me. Very very lovely. They are now living in the corner of the potato patch, which is a space where we can see and admire them often. I don't know their name yet.

Although one zucchini has died the other, planted out the front quite a while ago, is doing wonderfully and I think we will be eating zucchini by the end of this week.

I planted out the rest of my sunflower seedlings this evening. They are out the front in my yellow garden. The yellow garden is all weeds at the back (too much to attempt at once and that is still our dumping ground for large tree clippings and rose prunings) and is also sporting a riot of orange nasturtiums. I must put them in a salad soon. The pumpkins are also in the yellow garden and they are doing rather averagely. My explanation so far is that they need deep compost and do not have it. Underneath the thinnish layer of horse manure and pea straw which has been settling down and baking compost all winter, the soil is not very rich and is mostly taken up with large tree roots.

Today is Westland Anniversary Day so we were all home which is how I got to escape alone into the garden. I do appreciate it. I also made bread and turned traffic light peppers (red/yellow/green peppers in a plastic pack - yes green God I have sinned) and baked beans into something that looked exactly like that but made me feel like we weren't having beans on toast for the millionth time. I still had some garlic butter mix left over from the garlic bread I made up last night and that went on the toast with the traffic light beans most satisfactorily.

No cooked beans or gingerbread so far nor is it particularly likely. I am reading a book Margaret Mahy which I'm enjoying and being inspired re: children's literature. Favourite Handyman has spent much of the day reading The Faraway Tree to Fionn. Ah, Enid Blyton. My childhood friend. Great to see my son making friends with her as well.


Sandra said...

I think the gifted flowers are Amarylis.

Marino said...

glad to see you're garden's sprouting nicely. I just planted some Awapuni Nursery (do u get that down south?) spinach seedlings and some bright lights silverbeet and marigold seeds.

Just a querty re seaweed fertiliser. I was just wondering what sort of seaweed is best for what and what nutrients seaweed provides for the garden. i've heard it's good for encouraging fruiting in things like tomatoes so I'm assuming it must have potassium??

Joanna said...

Not The Great Piratical Rumbustification, by any chance? I think that is my favourite children's book of all time, we gave it to everybody when our children were small, and I know bits of it off by heart. Margaret Mahy's a genius, but I don't think all her books are available in the UK


Leanne said...

THE far away tree was one of my favs as a kid.

Love Leanne