Thursday, March 06, 2008

Garden News February 2008


I have my boat being serviced, I have come to the realisation that the garden is starting to own me, so I am determined to go prawning/fishing at the very least once a month. I have almost finished the new front garden and have decided on the new feature for the back garden, it’s going to be very simple, a little difficult to put into place, will look very natural and WILL stand out as a feature. I had toyed with the idea of a garden statue but thinking about it statues are not really my style.
On Sunday 3/2 we had 175mm of rain in the morning, all my drains worked very well as the rear patio remained dry. It was really strange not to be completely ‘shagged’ by Sunday night.
I spent most of Sunday cleaning up the shed and repairing prawn cast nets.
More heavy rain during the week, by Wednesday we had 300mm, almost 12 inches of beautiful rain, cannot ever remember so much rain in such a short time. All tanks are full, a whole 65,000 litres in storage.
The front is too wet for a truckload of soil to be delivered for the front garden so I have been trimming fruit trees and doing other garden tasks.
I have had to hand mow for the past few weeks and was glad to get my ride on mower back, but at a price, over $700, of that nearly $500 in parts, a drive belt is $140, it wants to go well for the next few years.
Towards the end of the month we had a day where the temperature reached 42c and it was very hot, all the plants started to wilt in the heat.
In the space of a week the lawn grubs have destroyed a major part of my back lawn, I have never seen so many insect pests as there are at the moment. Grasshoppers are eating the cordylines, grubs in the crinnins and alocasias, cockatoos in the pecan’s and flying foxes in the longans, very frustrating gardening at the moment.

6 comments:

JoJosho said...
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roybe said...

Hello Ian, thanks for dropping in on my Blog. I've been to your open garden twice now and last time Larraine my wife came along. You certainly have a delightful garden we both loved it. You have a great selection of Bromeliads I must go through your archives and have a look. I have a particularly nice Achmea which I don't think is that common on one of my frog garden posts. so if you want a swap your welcome

cheers roy

roybe said...

Ian the Bromeliad is in Archive April 2007 I have good sized rooted pups if you don't have it.
roy

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Marleneann said...

Hello Ian,
Just popped into say "hi" and see your "blog" update.