Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Green Fingers

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Look at what I grew!

Hyacinth

Hello.

Two weeks ago, I paid a visit to one of larger plant nurseries in Paris, Truffaut, and purchased a few green things for the apartment. This included a hyacinth bulb that had a small, green bud poking its head out of the leaves. This week exciting things happened and within a day it had transformed from green lumps to bright purple petals. It was truly amazing – I put it on my desk in front of me as I worked and over a two hour period it opened up. I have never stopped to watch plants grow – I should do it more often.

There is a second bud starting to form behind the leaves and I hope it doesn’t do too much over the next week while I am away visiting my brother in England. Unfortunately you can’t stop nature.

While at Truffaut I also bought two leafy green things for me and a cactus for Tom. They are both surviving and actually growing which is some sort of miracle as I have a tendency to kill plants.

Plant

Apparently this plant is dangerous to small children. I have left Magyver in charge.

Maiden hair fern

My maiden hair fern is so soft compared to Tom's spiky cactus.

I’m Published!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Always nice to see your words in print and by having the right connections with the right people I have managed to score a mention in the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Resource Risk Management newsletter! Quoted directly from my blog, they are apparently pleased to see they are getting through to their younger audience. It’s nice to still be considered the ‘younger generation’ despite my ever increasing age… So remember, kids, bugs are good!

Ag Department Newsletter

That's me! Ahh... the joys of fame.

I Planted the Seed that Grew the Carrot

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Gardening is fun, particularly when you’re growing vegetables that you can then eat. There’s something ridiculously rewarding about planting a seed, watching it shoot little green bits, and then turning into a fully formed plant. The best bit is when it then starts producing and you get to eat your rewards. Mmm… yum. Last Christmas, my dad bought everyone in the family presents from Bunnings because that’s the only shop he knows, and he bought me packets of seeds and a “My Little Garden” seed box. I was rather pleased with this gift and have since grown spinach, carrots, and the world’s largest, most impressive cos lettuce.

The carrots were particularly exciting because you can’t see what they’re doing as they develop under ground and then suddenly you see the top of an orange creature, pushing up through the soil. The other weekend, I finally had the courage to pick my carrots as they were clearly HUGE and were most likely poking someone in the eye on the other side of the earth. So I gathered all of my strength, grabbed hold of the greenery at the top of the plants and pulled.

Carrots

Impressive.

I love it how if you squint, the carrots are spelling out “LOL” because that’s what I did – I Laughed Out Loud. Clearly my carrot growing skills aren’t as brilliant as I thought they might be.

Carrots

Mutant!

Or perhaps during the night, aliens came and took over my carrots. I can’t quite explain why they decided to grow in multiple directions. Clearly they’re rebels without a cause.

Carrot

I call this one Stumpy.

I insisted on trying them because what’s the point in growing carrots and not eating them? I force fed them to my family as well who all said “Mmm… not bad.” and then walked away. Yes, they were a bit bitter, and you could only eat half of them because the tops were a bit green. But they SMELT like carrots and they were crunchy and if you closed your eyes and pretended to be a rabbit then they were 100% carrot-flavoured. Just a bit funny-looking, that’s all.

Carrots

Not very much carrot for about 12 weeks worth of gardening.

What Else Would I Write About…

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

On Monday morning I headed to the beach and had one of those moments where nature appeared to have created perfection. The water was calm and there was an amazing cloudy sky overhead, left over from storms that had threatened but not approached the night before. But it’s interesting how things can change in a matter of hours and how you can move from loving nature to wishing it would just CURL UP AND DIE.

Ripped shade cloth

This is the result of thousands of giant hail stones hitting the shade cloth on my atrium roof

A rather intense storm hit Perth just as I was considering heading to the gym. Lucky I decided to wait for the storm to pass. And pass it did, while dropping hail (yes, they were bigger than golf balls) and rain with a dash of thunder and lightning. My brother and I ran around the house looking for leaks and attempting to stem the flow of water that filled the atrium.

Flooded atrium

That's water on the floor.

As the atrium flooded, the gutters filled with ice so when the second front hit and more rain came down, it just flooded again! HOORAY! We have five broken windows, one flooded room, numerous leaks and our garden is no longer a garden. It is a series of sticks standing in piles of leaves. It looks like an atomic bomb has gone off and every living green thing fell to the ground.

Broken window

I have my suspicions about who/what broke that window.

We spent the whole day sweeping up the debris and now have a very large pile of leaves/branches/sticks/twigs in the backyard so if anyone is in need of these, please help yourself! But the interesting thing I found was that while nature had delivered a wonderful morning but a not so great afternoon, it had picked up its game once again to offer a spectacular post-storm sky. There’s something wonderful about the culmination of cloud and sunshine. No matter how wet the inside of your house is, gazing upwards can usually bring an element of happiness. Until you look down again.

Sky

Nature strikes again

Spicy!

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Home grown heat.

Chillies

That's a spicy chilli!

I’m giving these to my friends who like to add a bit of spice to their lives (well, food…)