Saturday, November 17, 2012

BEES IN THE GARDEN...


What busy bees they are zooming from plant to plant pollinating everything in sight. But is that the problem when some are overlooked and fruit does not set, or do they just get distracted?



Too much pussyfooting by the look of it.


Our passion fruit is covered in flowers and only four fruit have set so far. It will be necessary to hand pollinate this season.


Most of the flowers on the Burbank dropped to the ground leaving just eight despite a well covered Santa Rosa close by with one plum only and a couple of apples only on Spendour which is probably to be expected in the first year. Same for the newly planted Black Amber plum with one plum only.

The sweet navel orange has reached production and the bees swarmed over it, but didn't bother too much with the passion fruit near by. Spoilt for choice? Too fussy? Or is it all down to the falling bee population





Hanging around picking and choosing seems to be the way for some who like to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee... but we could do with a bit more punch from these guys.




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GARDENING WITH GUSTO...






Compost heap building up again and as soon as I turn my back the sparrows make the most of our leftovers and they know when to swoop down for some tasty morsels from our plates. Today's roast chicken seems to be going down well.








Well, the sweet peas and roses doing their bit in the garden seem to have taken over from all those tomatoes last season although Queen Elizabeth looks a bit forlorn. Maybe it's the blackspot dragging her down.




Sunday, May 6, 2012

LATE AUTUMN




Graham Thomas continues to bloom, probably doing well against the heat of the wall.





Sunday, January 15, 2012



Maybe he just has his eye on the grapes, but whichever way it goes, I think there will be a feeding frenzy before long and the Blackbirds won't be alone in gobbling up the spoils.

Well, I suppose there's plenty to share, but any ideas I had of making wine are right out the window for now, especially with Starlings and Mynas chomping their way through the garden as well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

RIPENING TOMATOES, HUMID DAYS AND MORE RAIN AHEAD...

Four of the plants have come out already after showing signs of stress and blight. I sprayed them a couple of weeks ago with Yates Copper Oxychloride and the others look really healthy, but just to be sure, removing these ones seemed prudent.

Fortunately, there are plenty of spare plants coming along well, but I will need to plant them well away from the affected area. Meanwhile, green tomatoes cover window sills and the sheltered area outside: ripening quickly and plenty left over for another batch of Green Tomato Chutney.

We are well into summer already, but haven't seen much of it so far, although today was magnificent after so much rain. A quick dash down to the supermarket for a couple of things, then just pottering about sending Green Shield Beetles off to a better place before spraying Passion Vine nymphs with soapy water. Boy! They love the Hibiscus, citrus and Passion fruit.