Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mid Winter Garden
We've had a lovely winter's day here so I thought I'd make the most of it and take some photographs of what's going on in the garden.

We've still got lots and lots of various daisies.

The magnolia trees are either flowering or coming into bud. I love that these are sort of fluffy.

Even though it's mid winter we still have some liquidamber leaves hanging on in there. In fact a lot of the trees still have some leaves. I wonder if the drought has something to do with that?

The seed heads of the baby dahlias are all over the place just now.

In the veggie garden

My peapods are almost ready - well some of them are - they'll last approximately 5 minutes once they get nearly fat enough to eat!

Teeny tiny brussell sprouts. I read in this months NZ gardener that the humble brussell sprout has been voted NZ's least favourite vegetable. Oh no! People! You just haven't had them cooked right. They need BUTTER. Lots of BUTTER. They are totally delicious. One of my all time top favourite vegetables.

This won't look like much but these wee gems are coriander seedlings. I  got some that had gone to seed and gathered some of the seed heads and just sprinkled them in my new herb garden. I find coriander grows much better in the garden than in pots ( for me anyway) and better in the winter. In the summer here it's too hot and it bolts - even non bolting varieties bolt.

And this might look very similar to the coriander, but it is in fact my new pride and joy - well I think it's going to be.  I cleared the old herb garden out then Lloyd and I ( at quite a bit of expense I might add) got lots of wild flower seeds and planted them over the whole area. Everything we read suggested that in the first year you need to buy a lot of seeds, but once planted you will never have to again as all the wild flowers produce so many seeds they'll just reseed themselves every year. Here's hoping.


  1. I love fresh peas! I don't understand why so many recipes specify "frozen peas". Oh and I love those weeny brussels they are so sweet.

  2. I think there's nothing beats a fresh pea straight from the garden. My dad grew a whole row of them for me when I was wee and I used to go from one end to the next popping away!

  3. We love brussell sprouts too as does Dexter. They are so, so good for you, and are really nice cooked in butter and bacon with lots of black pepper and a bit of sea salt - yummy, yum, yum!

  4. Beautiful photos Laura, can't wait to see the wild flowers in bloom. Must admit I'm not a fan of brussell sprouts, must have been they way the olds cooked em.
    Cheers Lisa/ellimay

  5. Those are wonderful photos. I love brussels sprouts as an adult, but hated them as a kid.

    Enjoy your lovely gardens.



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