December Catch-up

Wow, some rain at last. It may not have been much but it least it settled the dust for a day. My hay-fevered nose is grateful. Despite the lack of recent rain our garden is growing very quickly in the warm weather.

The three sisters bed has really taken off. In just a month the scarlet runner beans are reaching the top of the trellis

Sisters_bed

and they are also using the young blue popcorn plants as additional supports. So far the pumpkins are growing, in a restrained fashion, but I don’t expect that to last for long!

Sisters_cornbean

December garden discussions can’t go past the subject of tomatoes. I’m really pleased to see that the newest variety that we are trialling, the Pink Thai Egg tomato, is showing lots of fruit and is well in advance of all our other varieties.

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Sure we won’t be eating these for Christmas lunch, but it’s the closest we’ve managed to date.

Speaking of ‘new’ things in the garden our newest fruit trees are delivering surprising results. We bought a White Adriatic fig a few months ago and already it’s putting fruit out. Yes that small knob where the leaf joins the stem. I will have to be good and remove the fruit to allow the tree to develop well in its first year, but it’s good to see it making such a good start.

Fig

In May 2011 I took delivery of two native lime trees. Both are growing in pots and both have now survived two winters protected in our ‘grove‘, that fantastic growing process promoted by Jackie French. The fingerlime has really taken off and I have allowed some of it’s fruit to grow on this year (I removed about two thirds of the original fruit).

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As you can see the fingerlimes are growing strongly and I have my fingers crossed that I will get good quality fruit. The plant will be transplanted to a larger pot later in the year.

As Christmas is approaching I couldn’t resist buying ‘Christmas in a pot’, my NSW Christmas Bush Ceratopetalum gummiferum.

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Buying a plant is still better value than buying the branches as cut flowers from the florist. I’m hoping that I can persuade this frost-tender native to survive tucked up to over-winter next year alongside my citrus plants.

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If you are also seduced into buying a Christmas Bush keep in mind that its a case of what you see is what you get. Buy the plant with the red-est flowers, they won’t change colour at a later date.

 

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