Friday, December 11, 2015

This Week in the Garden - Countdown to Christmas

Summer is here in earnest. The first fresh strawberries came out of the berry patch this week, the winter-planted garlic is almost ready for harvest, and the summer flowers are coming into bloom.  Some of my plants are a little slow to the party this year due to first season growth and delayed planting.  We will have fresh garlic, spinach, berries, onions, and a few other treats to enjoy by Christmas, but the rest of the edibles will be much later this year due to our slow start with other plantings in the new garden beds.   

My commemorative ANZAC seed was only in leafy growth when Armistice day rolled around, but the big fat buds on the Flanders Poppies are filled with promise of blooming by Christmas.  There are tons so it should be a gorgeous display _ I shall try to catch a snap of a bud popping open for you if timing, weather, and luck cooperate! The beautiful red blooms of the Pohutakawa trees (NZ Christmas Trees) around the neighbourhood are also coming in for the holidays. Very festive!

My battle of the bugs wages on, but I thought you might enjoy this little guys spied during my inspections.   He (or idea!) was a tiny but quick little thing and not at all interested in staying still for an ID mug shot so I had to snap on the run - this is a handheld macro shot with extension rings.  He is actually a baby cicada, still in early immature nymph stage.  Not a garden helper but not really a harmer either - it is a foliage feeder but nothing too serious, other than the unfortunate damage to smaller branches during adult egg laying.

What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.

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