THE WEEK THAT WAS........

Spring.....talk about crazy weather!

Warm and perfect one day... then an arctic wind blowing the next!

But when you have a magnificent Magnolia like this one at your front door, one can't complain!

Now is the time to get on top of weeds!

With the warmer weather and all that rain, they are just itching to get a hold in your garden and those paths.

Mulching is not only good for moisture retention but a great weed supressor!

 

 The soil is nice and moist now. So you need to lock it in and get that mulch on! I am a fan of sugar cane mulch, it's easy to put down, lasts well and a bale goes a long way.

Spread to a depth of 50mm. Any more and it becomes difficult for water to penetrate. 

Broad beans are flowering and it won't be long before I'm making my broad bean and fresh pea bruschetta.  Freshly picked broad beans from the garden are a delight.

Tip: Don't forget to pinch out the tops, this encourages pod set. 

Tip 2:  Pick the broad beans when young and that way, no double shelling.

BEES

Bees are attracted to blue, purple and yellow flowers.

Yum Yum! 

Flat or shallow blossoms, such as daisies, zinnias, asters and Queen Anne's lace, will attract the largest variety of bees. Long-tongued bees will be attracted to plants in the mint family, such as nepeta, salvia, oregano, mint and lavender. 

HYDRANGEAS

Pick two of the fattest buds and prune just above. Cut out any dead wood.

TIP: Did you know that the cuttings can virtually be shoved into the ground for lots more hydrangeas. I have now run out of room.......

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Radish.....there is always some radish in the vegie garden! 

Eat them the way the French do......bit of sea salt, lashings of butter.....by the way have you tried Pepe Saya an amazing handcrafted butter made in Sydney..... and then just crunch away.

I Visited The Potting Shed for some inspiration.......and spotted this gorgeous plant, it's called a Linaria "Fairy Bouquet" and it had my name on it.

The above photo is the exact colour and not enhanced. If you want a POP of colour, this is the flower for you. 

Visit your local nursery for what's new in the plant world. 

FREESIAS

Common as! I have seen them growing on the side of road and some people call them "a bit of a weed". Not in this garden and not in my books. I adore Freesias! The fresh almost lemony smell is my favourite of all the Spring flowers. I have them in the bathroom and in the kitchen and every time I walk in.......freshness...... and to me they ARE Spring.

What has been happening in your garden this week? Have you picked Freesias for the house this Spring? What mulch do you use?