A wee pop up from my calendar popped up today: Go and take a photo of the garden. It’s a little something I started last month. I am determined to take a photo of the garden – as it is, warts and all, with no pre photo rushing around and primping and weeding. But I am a bit forgetful so I need to put a reminder in my calendar or I’d completely forget and then the project would have failed before it even started. Except I’m considering calling this Month One, because since last month I have discovered my new camera does panoramic shots and it is sooooo cool! But in the interests of consistency I not only took a really cool panoramic shot, I climbed up onto the post that gave the best view and took two photos in the same place. Then the rain came and I raced inside without getting wet.
The weather forecast doesn’t look good. It’s supposed to be yucky for quite some time. It’s great for my project as it holds me captive inside as nothing else can be done outside. So over the next few days I will expect to achieve an incredible amount of work! But it’s not so good news for the garden as there is heaps to do – there is always heaps to do. I have to re-pot the winter greenhouse tomatoes as they are beginning to flower, I still haven’t sprayed the peaches for peach leaf curl and I need to do that before the leaves change colour and drop off! I have to finish clearing out summer garden beds so I can plant cover crops…. I could go on – the list is endless.
But the weather is a lucky break for Hubby the Un-Gardener! He can’t finish my mother’s day gift! I didn’t ask him for sparkly stuff or chocolate or all that usual mumsy stuff, although I did receive slippers that I’m gratefully wearing. I asked for compost and was excited at the prospect of receiving it! You see – he has been digging a new flower garden for me, and was due to put in the finishing touches this weekend so I could move in what flowers I had in their temporary homes in the vegetable garden.
However instead we took a very long road trip to visit my ailing 94 year old Nana, who turned out wasn’t as ailing as first thought and was delighted to see us. I believe she has it in her to take a helicopter trip on her 100th birthday like she wants – despite what the doctors say! When it was suggested she do it now she said a 95th birthday wasn’t special enough! Bless her!
The trip wasn’t completely without a hint of gardening. I now have a huge burning desire to race out to the nearest nursery and get trees, lots of trees. The autumnal colours on display down the length of the country were a sight to behold. The countryside was lit up with such bright and vibrant reds and yellows. We couldn’t have timed the trip better if we’d planned it so we could see this specular landscape.
I also had the opportunity to pop into a garden centre to pick up a scented gardenia plant for Nana and found this huge box full of elephant garlic cloves. Well I couldn’t not buy any – it wouldn’t be right! So I got heaps! One clove is bigger than one whole bulb I grew last year, and I thought last year’s garlic was a decent size!
But I must get on, my project won’t write itself and the deadline is looming fast.
Come again soon – hopefully the weather will clear and Hubby the Un-Gardener will finish my flower garden and I can have mother’s day all over again!
Sarah the Gardener : o )
Dear Sarah. Thank you for a ‘like’ on my blog. I have really enjoyed catching up with your blog today and will be following your gardening adventures in New Zealand. I have been fortunate to have visited NZ a few times with work a few years ago and it’s such a beautiful country. Your dairy produce is absolutely wonderful. I ate plenty of it when I was there, and have been eating your cheeses ever since. Best wishes. Jean
Hi Jean, Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I feel truly blessed to live in such a wonderful country as New Zealand. Cheers Sarah : o )
I like the warts and all approach, a touch of reality and no special airbrushing – or is that known as weeding 😉
Hi There. I am looking forward to having a collection of photos to show the garden as it actually was. Besides it is an ever changing landscape and there is always something to be done- I save the frantic weeding for when important guests are coming over! Cheers Sarah : o )
I love the panoramic photo…what a good idea!
Mmm…garlic…that’s one thing I did not plant this year…maybe this fall I’ll get some in…hmmm…may need some more garden space!!
Hi Jenn. I was really excited to discover the panoramic feature on my new camera – I guess I really should get round to reading the instructions that came with it to see if there is anything else exciting it can do!
Apparently the garlic can be planted any time now, here in NZ. But the old wives tale is plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest and I love the sense of tradition so I will hold off until 21st June. Cheers Sarah : o )
What a great idea taking photos like that. I love your garden/greenhouse set up!
Hi There. Thanks for your lovely comments. After I pulled out a large tall crop that had finished, it made me think about how much a garden landscape is constantly changing and thought it would be really cool to record those changes. The garden set up has been a slow but steady process that is still evolving. In my head there are still great plans, held back only by time, money, energy, and the demands of life – the usual things! Cheers Sarah : o )
Good idea to take monthly photos of your garden. I might even do it more often, bi weekly maybe, to see the progress you are making. I think it’s kinda like when you have kids and you don’t notice how they’ve grown as much as someone outside the family does.
Hi there. Aside from my monthly photos, I seem to take loads more during the course of my gardening. I had to sort through some photos today and was surprised (actually no – not really) to see just how many photos there are – probably thousands over the years. I guess I’m a bit snap-happy! It was nice to look back and the old photos and see how it had evolved. Cheers Sarah : o )
Thanks for liking my blog tonight. The elephant garlic is a really interesting plant and operates quite differently from ordinary garlic. I’m still getting my head around it but I love the huge fat cloves and the different taste.
I have three new elephant bulbils sprouting this autumn. I must take a photo and post about it.
Good luck with all your gardening adventures……
Hi there. Thanks for your advice about elephant garlic. I’ve never grown it before so I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Cheers Sarah : o )