Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Our Autumn Garden
Here in Perth over the last week or so, it’s really begun to feel like autumn. Crisp mornings, sunny days, the odd shower and cooler evenings have all been welcomed in this household. I love that it’s cool enough to put on slippers and cosier pyjamas, but warm enough during the day to spend time outdoors in the sunshine.
With the arrival of the slightly colder weather, we finally got back into the garden over the weekend. Paul is always out in the yard over the weekend mowing the lawn or weeding, but this is the first time in months we’ve done any actual planting. The girls and I headed to Bunnings on Friday and bought a whole bundle of flowers to add some colour around the place and with the assistance of my gardening helper Grace, we managed to get them all in before a good downpour that night. On Sunday, we went and got some more flowers as well as some seedlings to start off our vegetable patch again. Our previous crop of vegetables got fried during the long heatwaves Perth experienced over summer but we are now growing some cherry tomatoes, beans, pak choi, lettuce and baby spinach with some seeds of chicory, beetroot and spring onions still to be planted.
Our garden is one of the parts of our home that has really changed over the years. We’ve invested a lot of time and money into changing things to suit our taste. However, changing things in the garden requires a great deal of patience as lots of shrubs and trees we have planted are yet to grow to their eventual size and so when I look around, I often feel as though there are bare patches in our garden. What's needed now are some low border style plants and groundcovers to 'fill in the gaps'.
Anyway, all this talk about gardens has made me realise I'd better go and water our vegetable patch before dinner...