In the Garden : Dec 2008

Posted Sat, Dec 13 2008 15:37 by bill


fan tailed cuckoo

 

Rain, rain, glorious rain !!!!

It’s been raining for about 24 hours now. Nothing really heavy, not more than say half an inch in an hour, rather it’s been a good soaking rain.  I can’t remember the last time it rained as good as this :)  I think we got a good couple of inches all up so far, with more forecast for the next week.  October was terribly dry, only half an inch when usually we get more than three, so this rain is most welcome.

Typically (or is that historically ?), here we get most of our rain in winter (temperate climate), with August being the wettest averaging a about three and a half to four inches, or 9 cm in modern talk. (I’d use mm but that sounds too precise ;))  And it slowly decreases, October usually above 7 cm, December down to about 4 to 5 cm, and the driest being Feb at about 3 to 4 cm.  Our summer rains though can be more intense, as is highlighted by the difference between the mean and median for Feb, being 35 mm and 23 mm respectively. (knew you geeks would like that bit of details <g>)

 

So on to the garden.  Well it’s raining and I don’t want to get my camera wet, so just a few photos from the camera’s SD card over the last month:

A heron on the pond:

 

In the veggie patch the tomatoes are growing well. There’s broad beans ready to eat and more on the way, and soon there’ll be other beans and snow peas.  Self sown lettuce are still popping up all over the place.  Many of the climbing plants are doing really (maybe some photos next month)  I just love the different ways they climb.

I got a few new potatoes the other way while pulling out some that had self sown from that crop I didn’t dig up properly many many years ago.  This year I also planted more potatoes: the first in many years. There’s the usual white potatoes that have white flowers:

 

 

And then there’s these other ones I planted that have violet flowers :

 

 

I was quite amazed by the colour of those flowers.  They’d make a really nice border plant in any garden bed.

Oh, if you look carefully, you can see a snow pea plant leaning over and touching the flower at the front. I planted snow peas between two rows of potatoes and they’re all looking really happy :)

 

Had my first cherry for the season the other day. It will still be a few more weeks till they come in.  The plums are looking promising again too:

 

Elsewhere in the garden the roos are keeping busy mowing the lawn (kind-of).  A buck roo came in and was all feisty the other week:

 

 

 

When they stand up like that, it’s often territorial. Always best to stand back a bit ;)

 

This little fella (below) is not a kangaroo, rather he is a wallaby:

 

Much smaller in size, usually darker coloured, and like this one have distinct facial markings.

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