Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Garden at "Kainga."

Hello,

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It got up to about 38 degrees here yesterday. The forecast was for about 34 degrees. The same is predicted again today then a change of about 10 degrees for the rest of the week. To think we had the fire going last Sunday!!! Bobbie Lynn has requested some photo's of my garden. This is a row of Rosemary and Lavender. All of these were grown from cuttings a few inches high. They don't get watered at all. The bees just love this area.
This is our rose tunnel that is down the front of the garden. We placed the star pickets about 10-25cm towards the centre at each spacing to create the tunnel effect.
To the left is a Quince tree."Cydonia oblonga" It is very hardy and grows 5-8m with a compact shape. I only watered this the first year it was in the ground. It has to survive on its own and it does. The smell from Quince fruit is divine. Great to perfume the house.

This is the garden right along the front fence. You can see the rose tunnel towards the side.
The roses along here will be blooming shortly,lots of buds on them. They are all pink roses
which are mulched with lupin mulch then I was lucky enough to get some straw and this was put on top.
This is the fruit and veggie area. You can see the raised bed we built earlier on in the year. We have just finished building another one against the side wall of our little garden shed. In this bed I have planted rhubarb,strawberries,peanuts and tomatoes. I was lucky enough to be given some peanuts in the shell. I have grown peanuts before and they certainly do well. I had a taste test before I planted them. They were certainly much nicer than the ones we get at the shops.
I have lots of poppies and nasturtiums growing amongst things. This attracts beneficial insects. They can then be either mulched or some get given to the chooks to scratch over.

I have lots of silver beet which just reseeds itself. I haven't bought any for years. It is so handy to just walk out the back and pick your own veggies which you know haven't been sprayed. We still have lots of broccoli coming along. As broccoli is one of the most sprayed vegetables I much prefer to grow our own.
Today is Bonnie's Birthday. Bonnie gave us a quick phone call during the week. Could Dad please cook a Roast Beef for her tea on Sunday night. Bonnie your usual Birthday request will be cooked to your satisfaction. Happy Birthday Bonnie and all the best for the coming year.
Happy days.
Bev C




18 comments:

Anita said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!! Hope dinner tastes nice. Bev, the garden looks super! Kind regards, Anita.

retdairyqueen said...

Oh what a lovely garden

Vickie said...

oh Bev your garden is a true delight....yummo too that silverbeet..happy B-day to Bonnie,cheers vickie
Roast pork in this house for dinner tonight

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Bev...wow you are having high temperatures there at the moment!!! What a lovely garden you have there...envy, envy!! Happy Birthday to Bonnie...Dzintra♥x

Mildred said...

A happy birthday wish to Bonnie.

What delightful photos of your garden. The rosemary and lavender must smell so envigorating!

Simone de Klerk said...

You have a wonderful garden, dear Bev! You must feel great having that and growing your own vegetables! Love the roses that will soon bloom (O:

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Happy birthday Bonnie!! Bev, your gardens are beautiful! I love everything you did! I wish lavender and rosemary would flourish in my garden but it is just too cold in the winter for them to survive!

What is lupin mulch? Why do you like it? I don't think we have it in the States...

Anyhow, thanks for the tour of your garden. I hope you will post pictures of your roses when the bloom!

Bobbie Lynn said...

First of all I want to send my Happy Birthday good wishes to Bonnie. : ) Hope your had a wonderful Birthday dinner too. Sounds yummy.

Your garden Bev is spectacular and your lavender and rosemary hedge are beautiful. I could just smell them both. You have much going on at the moment in your garden and all looks like it is doing well. You defiantly have a green thumb and thank you for sharing your garden with us. Happy Gardening Bev. : )

Little Miss M Creations said...

Hi Bev, I came across your Blog site while surfing the net, I love your garden and your raised beds for your vege patch, all the best Mon xx

chris said...

Happy, happy Birthday Bonnie. Hope you had a wonderful day and a lovely dinner cooked by Dad. Love and hugs for the year ahead.
Bev, the garden is looking great, everything is a year older since I was last there and it has sure grown in that time.
I wish I had a quince tree, have you tried making quince cheese; a true Argentinian delicacy and so very yummy?
Much love, C xx

6p0105369c1a3d970b said...

wow!! Love your garden! I wish I had the talent to do something so lovely.

Sweet P said...

I love your garden!

Cubby House Crafts said...

What a gorgeous garden! lisa

Pauline said...

Bev, no-one would guess when looking at your garden that you have to cope with extremes of heat and drought. It's amazing! Re The Fly - it will go to market next time11

Khris said...

What a gorgeous place to live Bev. One day I want a garden like yours...and all that lavender and rosemary must smell devine...hugs Khris

Mylene said...

WOW! What a beautiful garden you have. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. and speaking of peanuts, i sure miss the boiled ones we ussually had at home in Asia.

Chookyblue...... said...

my lavendar has just finished flowering.........

teresa said...

Wow your garden is fantastic