Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Little Observations

Here are some pictures from the garden over the last month or so.
Above, cherry tomatoes forming.

Zucchini beginning to fill out at the edge of the main vege bed.

Alpine strawberries which were grown from seed from Diggers Club seeds.They have given us about a small handful of flavoursome fruit each morning.

The Nelly Kelly finally took off in Spring but has slowed since it started forming fruit.
Looking forward to these.

A lillium petal from locally grown bulbs.
We had quite a nice display in vases for our Christmas Eve family gathering.

Jazz looking somewhat bemused as my wife handles her.

Not just a couple of frogs from tadpoles but this brilliant green frog that was a surprise to find!

Fennel flowers. I find these amazing, just like the carrot flowers are amazing.

... and the bull garlice (leek) flowers.

These baby bugs were gathering on a choko leaf. The adult bug wasn't far away and was an incredible shape with bright orange ends to the antennae.

Ants guarding pupae on a lillium prior to flowering. This was just before rain I think which may be why they were seeking higher ground. Beats me why they chose a flimsy lillium stem though.

January Rain

What an amazing day. We went from 37.5 degrees Celsius around midday to a heavy rain shower from large, grey ominous clouds. Very much like a tropical climates.

This was great for the garden with around 15mm recorded around town. Some of the larger trees and shrubs were weighed down with the rain on their branches. The rain water tank must have been low (as its pressure was suggesting) as I could hear water running into it quite loudly.

I have a list of tasks to do in the garden tomorrow so this rain has freshened things up and will make things a little easier I think. I want to change some plants around and do some planting.

So nice to have a decent down pour or two!

They did say on the news that it's the wettest January day on record for four years, but given that we are only five days into the month I don't know that it really means much!