It is really lovely. I think the tuis are liking it. We have four early plums altogether. The almonds have been in bloom too but there don't look to be any bees around to pollinate them and they didn't do well last year. The peaches are just starting and no sign of much on the apples or pears yet.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Our backlawn is proving a wonderful puddle for the geese. Sorry i can't seem to change back to the original format I used for a photo. Any suggestions? This way it takes up too much space but I am damned if I can find the way to change back.
We are investigting various types of solar powered battery electric fences. It is getting urgent now as they have been on the front drive picking out insects after the rain and it is only a matter of time before they find the gate or the vege garden.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
This is the beautiful tree which attracts tuis. Today I saw four rabbits, three geese and twelve tuis from the living room. I think it is a flowering cherry or prunus. You can see the Adriatic fig behind the pink tree on the left.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I am also using the glasshouse to grow the seeds ready for planting out later. All sorts of seeds are in now, some bought via trademe and some from Koanga Gardens.
Last autumn I planted what I thought were Dalmatian peas. They grew well after I had installed an automatic timer on the tap, but then turned out to be sweet peas. I think my seedsaver friend Helen sent me the wrong seeds! We also grow good lettuces there.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
For a while they didn't explore too much but lately have had the odd journey to the back door, not a great idea if you want to walk barefoot, or walk inside with your shoes on... We will have to solve this problem. They are Sebastopol variety, the white ones with curly feathers so they look untidy. Fortunately they don't make much noise at all and don't seem to fly. However I have recently discovered they can fly, so the solution seems to be to make them happy with lots of fresh water. We bought a container from the Warehouse and they wade in it, leaving more manure. So the water needs changing daily. Also I have gathered up the manure, put it in the blue tub with water and fed the liquid to the cabbages and celery and rhubarb.
They aren't sexually mature yet, so won't be laying eggs for a while.