Barpet's Patch

A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

State Rose Garden visit

We had a day out today.  With my Dad here for a couple of weeks I wanted to show him the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park in Toowoomba.  He and Mum had always wanted to go there, but never got around to it, so today we headed up there for a look around.
I had been there a few times with my Toowoomba friends, and even though it is surrounded by houses and busy streets, I find it tranquil and quite restful.
It is also Jacaranda time
Dad intends visiting Singapore for one of the orchid exhibitions they are famous for; and I thought today would be a good day for him to brush up on the close-up settings on our camera.
Although there was some evidence that the recent wet weather had impacted some of the blooms, there was still plenty to see and smell.  I noticed there had been some additions and changes since I had last been there, including a recent War Animal Memorial Garden opened only a week or so ago.  This lovely sculpture stands beside the war memorial, surrounded by Charles de Gaule roses.

The War Animal Memorial Garden
As always, the Gardens were a joy to visit and well worth making a trip to Toowoomba for.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Greenhouse - nearly finished

Hello all,

Firstly, I hope everyone got some rain; here we have gone from a very dry spring to a lovely green, growing spring in a matter of a couple of weeks.  We've had 70mm since the beginning of the month, and the garden is looking so much better.

Over the last couple of weeks we have planted out close to 50 tube stock and small plants for shrubs, trees and what I call filler plants - those that like to spread out and cover bare earth.  All these look well settled in and on their way.

I can now happily report that we have had the 'soft opening' of the greenhouse.  There are still some shelves to be delivered and Peter has to set up the sink area, but the potting bench and the flooring is down and already having their 'sea trials'.  I have put some pics up for those who might be interested.

The structure runs roughly north/south with a door at either end.  The shade cloth is currently 50%; time will tell if this is enough but we can put another layer over the top of the original layer if we need further protection.  I can certainly feel the difference in the sun intensity when I'm working in there as opposed to outside.

This is inside, looking northwards to the "back" and out to the vegetable garden.  You can see the frames for the shelves on the right hand side and in the middle, and there will be a similar set on the left hand side.  The galvanised mesh shelves are being made for us and hopefully they will be ready soon.  Nanna Chel might recognise the lemongrass plant in the left corner :)

My potting table.  The top is galvanised steel and on a slight slope for water to run off.  The bins underneath hold potting mix and DIY seed raising mix - there will be bigger containers for these once I am in full production in here.  Today I planted out several seed types and my Dad potted on some cuttings and seedlings.  

This is a motley collection of cuttings, seedlings and odds and ends, sitting waiting for the real shelving to arrive.  Some of Dad's orchids are on the wall; something tells me they won't be the only ones either.

The sink is waiting for its bench to be welded - it will be to the right of the potting table.  This will allow washing & disinfecting of pots etc, as well as washing vegetables as they come out of the garden.

When I was in there earlier planting my seeds, I felt happy as a clam so I think after all this time, we may have got it right.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Garden Update

Finally, after some very welcome, and needed rain, things are starting to get moving in the garden around here.

My bauhinia trees are flowering their heads off, and they have the most delightful vanilla fragrance.  The bees love them of course.

The agapanthus are already forming flower heads.

Our old apricot tree has some fruit, not much due to a haircut during winter, but hopefully enough to satisfy the anticipation of the fruit.  Last year the fruit ripened in a matter of 3 days or so, and was fly blown into the bargain so a nil return.  We tried to get a net over it this year, but its just too large.

My natives are really starting to get a go-on in my front border garden.  Lots more infill planting to happen over the next couple of weeks.  Aren't the weeds a delight - actually some of those super green plants are African daisies which have self seeded.  Love that.

Now, this next one is exciting for me - my greenhouse is finally nearing completion.  As you can see, it is a decent size 3m x 8m I believe and my potting table has been constructed with a galvanised top with sections below for potting & seed raising mix in bins.  There is still some mesh shelving to be constructed and then the gravel floor.  The wind chime is already in position so its very close now.  Gee what a crooked picture.  Anyway that's the potting table to the left of the door, there is another door at the other end. 

The next project to complete is a garden shed for my stuff and I'm gently pushing on this one.  But the next one that I'm excited about will be my sewing room or as some call it, my "She Shed".  We bought this new 20 foot container and it will be fitted out with a sliding entry door, some windows, lighting, m-a-n-y power points and then all my bits and pieces can go in.  Much of my stuff has been stored in our shed so I can't even remember all that I have.  There will be climbing roses & jasmine growing over the sides/top to hopefully soften the "container-ness" of it, but I can't wait to go hide out in it.

I'll leave you with this evening's sunset, a lovely one for sure.