My Backyard: Winter

Here are some photographs which were taken recently in our backyard garden....

It is always exciting to finally see results, after a time spent planting seeds. 
For what seemed like ages, I would come out & peek into this particular garden bed,
 hoping to see some evidence that carrot seedlings had finally sprung. 
Finally, they have surfaced! 

Our grapefruit tree has produced its first crop this winter!  
Seeing clusters of fruit coming to fruition is exciting to behold.

The grapefruit are all a good size, so hopefully it will not be too long now 
before we can be sampling our very own squeezed grapefruit juice.

Calendula flowers are still brightening up one small area in the garden.
They are a bright & happy addition within our backyard garden, 
as much of the garden seems so bare & stark at present.

Another calendula flower that was spotted looking lovely in the winter morning sunlight.

Miss Lucy was rather keen to take a close-up look at my camera.
She is quite inquisitive and was obviously trying to figure out what
I was doing with the strange object I kept pointing around the place!
She certainly looks so much better now that her feathers are all grown, 
and moulting is well & truely behind her for another season. 

The final photograph for now, from time spent in the backyard garden with my camera......
A closeup of one of several cabbages that are starting to fill out.


"Gratitude can transform common days into
turn routine jobs into joy,
and change opportunities into blessings."

William Arthur Ward

My Backyard Garden: Autumn Plantings & Produce

We have been busy raising the raised garden beds. We felt it would be better if they were higher (less back breaking), and so they have gone from being one sleeper in height to three.

This is the first of the actual beds that have been made higher, and in turn it has been filled and finished off with a planting out of Autumn crops. Hopefully the netting will help keep both much beloved pets and unwanted pests out of the completed raised bed from now on.

Chard, Kale, Feverfew, Beans, Parsley, Basil, Carrots and Cabbages have all taken up residence in this raised bed.

These were cabbage seedlings bought in the clearance section at The Warehouse. They are looking so much better now they are planted out in their new home in this raised bed.

A friend quite some time ago kindly gave me carrot seed she had saved as part of her own seed saving endeavours. They were the nicest carrots I think I have ever tasted! She informed me at the time, that if you save seed for three generations it becomes perfect for your own garden's conditions. This has certainly proven to be true, in our own experience to date. I hope this latest planting of carrot seed will be successful, and I can save seed for next season also!

I had to include this photograph again of the ample harvest of grapes we are having currently. I am going to look at juicing some of the bountiful bunches of Albany Surprise Grapes we have been so delighted to see on our grapevine this year. It will be wonderful to be able to freeze it, and have it as both hot and cold drinks in the months ahead.

This caterpillar was spotted today, on the other side of our boundary fence. We had a HUGE Swan Plant in the actual garden with little activity seen on it this year. However, this plant certainly had been visited at some stage, as there are a number of crysalis and caterpillars present.

One of several crysalis found attached to a range of plants other than the original Swan Plant the caterpillars would have started out life on. I will be interested to watch these over the next few days.

Lavender always makes me think of my grandmother and maternal aunt. This flower looked so stunning and delicate in the sunlight this afternoon. 

My Backyard

It is great when cuttings take! I recently struck several cuttings provided by a neighbour, and these were ones that took. There is something so happy about Impatience flowers. They bring such a wonderful splash of colour to a garden.

So many things are fruiting in the garden, and others are going about producing seed. When you stop and take note of all the diverse forms seed pods take, they are really quite interesting to behold.

A pot of plums. It just says 'Summer', doesn't it? We have been enjoying sampling them, and I am keen to look at making some plum jam soon also. This season we have had a lovely crop of plums.

It is just such a source of joy to wander out into the garden, reach up amongst a green canopy of leaves and find fruit ready for picking. There really is nothing quite like homegrown fruit, ready and ripened, and straight off the tree.

Christmas Shelf

With the countdown to Christmas in full swing, I have started to decorate in and around the house. It is always fun to get into the spirit of the season and put out seasonal decor here and there. It really does create a sense of festive anticipation, having some special and specifically focused seasonal ambience around the home for all to enjoy.

This shelf is in the kitchen and every time I walk past this display it gives me joy to see it set out.

I used the online photo editing resource Picmonkey to put together the framed text, and also for putting together the text for the wood block. Picmonkey is a really great online resource for making a range of printable things for around the home.

Most of the items used in the display were found while out op shopping over the past year. The ceramic angel was purchased from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

It is not long now until Christmas at all. Hope your own preparations are going well, Friends!