spring growth

Despite a year of almost entire neglect on our part (the shame!), our raggedy, unkempt spring garden still holds treasures…

Metrosideros excelsa; Feijoa

Malus domestica 'Pink Lady'

Prunus armeniaca; Apricot

Prunus armeniaca; Apricot

Our very first feijoas and apricots and a huge number of fruit on the multigrafted apple, although the said neglect created a window for coddling moth to get in so we may end up with mostly cookers. Instant karma on that one.

Allium sativum; Garlic

Allium vulgare; Garlic

Despite not using much garlic in the kitchen, I love having this particular one here as a reminder of our lovely place up at Marysville. It used to flower madly for long periods up there and was virtually the only thing standing when we visited the land after the huge fires that wiped out so much life… It is the flowers that really bring back memories of the place but it’ll be my first harvest of the bulbs this year so I’ll report back on flavour : )

The great thing about getting into dyeing with plants is you start to see the good in having lots of weeds! Dandelion leaves and roots yield colour, as does fennel and plenty of other unwanted plants. I just wish couch and kikuyu were useful for something ; )

Taraxacum officinale; Dandelion

And there are new uses for the parts of plants that you’d normally chuck in the compost- the base of a rhubarb stem (the part with the little wings that wrap around the adjoining stalks) can apparently be used as a mordant, as can sorrel, which grows quicker than I can eat it and is often unappealing because of the slug slime on it!

Rumex acetosa: Sorrel

I also scored a curry tree at a school fete recently and am excited to be able to pick my own fresh leaves! What I really can’t wait for is next autumn when we are finally going to dig up the rest of the concrete and make the garden proper- curved beds, more fruit trees (blood plum, mulberry and lemonade) and a little space for a fire drum… but, for now, I am thrilled that some things are thriving. So what is growing in your garden?

6 thoughts on “spring growth

  1. sooz

    I didn’t know you have been in Marysville…a story I would be interested to hear. I’ll be collecting the dandelions for you – should I freeze them to keep them fresh between visits? And fresh garlic – YUM.

  2. Jules

    Yes, over a cuppa sometime… and there’ll be fresh garlic coming your way for sure! Apparently drying is the best way of collecting soft flowers like dandelion and calendula for dyeing so if you’re happy to, chuck them in a paper bag and we can try them sometime when we have enough! Thanks!

  3. MildlyCrafty

    I can’t wait until my garden actually has plants in it! Even if they’re weeds I love having greenery around. It’s really depressing just having a mud patch right now 🙁 Ahh well, it’ll be sorted for next spring 🙂

  4. Melanie

    Beautiful photography as ever. I have a rhubarb plant in my garden, you are more than welcome to have some. I’m intrigued by it’s use as a mortdant as opposed to chemicals.


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