Salvia plants add wonderful colour to a summer garden. They require only moderate watering, they can handle extreme heat, and they flower for months. Summer in Australia tends to be very hot and dry. Where we live temperatures close to (and sometimes over) 40 °C (104 °F) are not uncommon during the summer months. This extreme heat can be hard on our garden so we try to choose plants that can tolerate these conditions. Plants that require lots of water don’t tend to last too long in our … [Read more...]
Rabbits in My Garden (What They Will and Won’t Eat!)
We live in a semi-rural area where the houses are on big blocks and there’s plenty of native bushland. The upside to that is we enjoy seeing plenty of native birds and animals. The downside is that we also have to deal with pests such as rabbits. They don’t live on our property, they have they’re burrows in a bush block behind ours, but they like to venture into our garden to eat and dig! I love animals but I’m not a big fan of rabbits at the moment. The damage they do to our garden, … [Read more...]
My To-Do List of Spring Gardening Jobs
Spring is nearly upon us so it’s time to start planning for what spring gardening jobs we need to do. As the weather warms it’s a great time to get out in the garden and prepare for summer! It is not quite spring yet but there are already plenty of signs that the garden is starting to come to life again. Most noticeable is the blossom on the fruit trees. The almond tree as usual has been the first to burst into flower but our other fruit trees aren’t too far behind. Our ornamental pear trees … [Read more...]
Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly Update
It has been almost a year since I first learnt about the dainty swallowtail butterfly. Last summer this beautiful butterfly could be seen fluttering around our vegetable garden where we had planted some zinnias. The butterflies laid their eggs on our citrus trees and we were lucky enough to find several growing caterpillars. In an attempt to ensure their survival they were collected and kept in a large storage contain that I had set up to house them. You can read about it … [Read more...]
My To-Do List of Winter Gardening Jobs
Now that the cold weather is upon us I have been planning the list of winter gardening jobs that I need to complete! It’s a bit harder to get motivated to get out into the garden these days. Some days the wind is so icy that the last thing you feel like doing is digging around in the dirt – even with gloves on! We’ve planted lots of vegetables which helps draw us out into the garden. There is nothing better than checking the garden every day to see if your seeds have sprouted/grown! This … [Read more...]
Late Autumn Leads to Butternut Pumpkins Splitting!
We have had a really funny autumn this year. It is only a little over a week till winter but many of our trees have only just properly changed colour. Normally most would have lost their leaves by now! I am pretty sure that this late autumn is to blame for some of our butternut pumpkins splitting! We had a cool spell plus quite a bit of rain early in autumn but the last few weeks have been fairly mild. It seems that might have been enough to trick the butternut pumpkins into having a growth … [Read more...]
Dainty Swallowtail Butterflies in My Garden (And My House!)
Towards the end of this summer we were lucky enough to be visited by some beautiful dainty swallowtail butterflies. Actually I’m not sure how many there were because I only ever saw one. When we first saw them we were not sure what they were called. We just knew that they were very pretty! This was the first year that we had zinnias in the garden so maybe that is what attracted them - they seemed to love our zinnias! I haven’t got a good photo of the butterflies because they just didn’t sit … [Read more...]
Sun Loving Plants Need Some Shade Too!
I have been growing vegetables for a few years now in a veggie patch that gets full sun. However I have found that during the hottest days of summer even the most sun loving plants struggle. So in today’s post I want to discuss how I provide shade for the sun loving plants in my vegetable garden over summer. Plants are often described as either needing full sun or part shade. And sources, both online and offline will tell you that vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans need full … [Read more...]