Friday, December 18, 2015

This Week in The Garden - Rest and Recovery Time

Between work, weeds, and weather, things are looking a little rough around the edges in the garden - plenty for me to do before holiday guests and visitors!  The scaffolding has finally came down from our "new" old house after several weeks of roofing and other at heights renovation works and the exterior is looking great (almost done at last!) but my garden is a bit worse for wear. Inevitably, some of the plants have been flattened by support platforms and broken by the movement of people and equipment through the garden beds around the house.  I will give things a bit of a rest and recovery time over the upcoming holidays to see what bounces back before doing any major repairs.  Of course, my neglecting it while focused on work and renovations has allowed the weeds to take over - if only everything grew so well - and heavy rainfalls and wind have left things looking even more tattered. In happier news, my ANZAC poppies have started to bloom since last week's update (no photos yet due to the weather) and we have a few more berries ripening in the berry patch.  Yum!

Beyond the garden, things are still looking lush even as the summer heats up.  The flax plants along our neighbourhood walkway are in bloom at the moment, buzzing with bees. I also was lucky enough to see a gorgeous tui feeding on flax nectar yesterday - absolutely postcard perfect! Pity I didn't have a camera with me that day, but sometimes it's great just to just be in the moments and enjoy sights. On the subject of tuis, being their first season, our new fruit trees won't produce this year, but our neighbours' tree is heavy with sour cherries dangling over our fence tempting all the birds into our gardens and sweet cherries have started to arrive in the local shops - a sure sign that Christmas is almost here!  The semi-wild fruit trees along the neighbourhood paths are all growing fat with cherries, crabapples, plums, and more - the birds will be happily feasting in the months ahead.

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. This is our final garden week post of the year, but we will be back next week to share a special Christmas post with you before signing off for a holiday break with guests, visitors, family, and friends.

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