The great thing about gardens is that you can see where you have been. You can enjoy the fruits of your labour and are never left wondering if what you have done has made a difference. I spent a whole day in my garden yesterday weeding and cutting back and restoring order ready for the winter. I inherited a pittosporum when I moved to my house and I was going to get rid of it but decided to try to cut it into a shape…too basic to call topiary…just a sphere. I embarked on a hair cut for it and once again had to face the facts of life for the vertically challenged. There are always bits you cannot reach.
However I hacked back the lavender and pulled out all remaining foxglove and delphinium stalks and even mowed my tiny patch of lawn. See before and after..a most satisfying day’s work.
I can also report that my carrots and parsnips and leeks planted only a few weeks ago are thriving.
See the growth in my healthy Nellie Kelly passionfruit. It seems the lamb’s fry has done the trick.
I also noticed that my Tahitian and Kaffir limes have both fruited well but it seems that there is no use for the fruit of the kaffir lime, is that the case? I’d be glad ot hear from anyone if there is something that can be done with them.
Finally look at my frangipani. I am so thrilled to see the flowers and as I eat my breakfast the perfume wafts around and I could be sitting in a tropical garden in Bali about to eat banana pancakes with lime juice, except that I am not.
I did harvest my rhubarb but there wasn’t enough to make rhubarb champagne, (next time Gimila), so I reverted to the tried and true and stewed some apples and rhubarb and had that instead.