Monday, 10 May 2010

My Spring Garden 2010

Orchid- Cymbidium
Spring is here hurrah!!!
After suffering snow, sleet, rain and consistently freezing temperatures, the winter 2009-10 was recognised by the MET office as the coldest in 31 years..
Finally the frost is gone, the sun is smiling again and mesmerising colours fills the land, cherry blossoms in bloom, tulips, daffodils, petunias, marigold, and chrysanthamums have sprung. The birds are back in business merrily chirping at the site of plump earthworms and tiny flowers and fruit. Its a wonderful season, one we look forward to and thoroughly enjoy.
After learning from our gardening misadventures of the past year and losing most of our plants to the cold during our time away on holiday, we were more determined than ever to have a good, self sufficient, edible and beautiful garden.
With renewed energy our garden boots, hats and gloves are dusted and back in use as we get fresh compost into the moist hungry soil, waiting for a new batch of seeds. Hubby has once again taken to being gardener-in -cheif and has merrily sown our first batch of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Come summer we shall have flowers on these little plants, and beautiful scents wafting through our garden.
Project: visual paradise in the making!!
Orchid- Pitcher Plant
Lavender bush and Azalea pink shrub

My Spring Garden, Part-2- Herbs and Greens

We believe that herbs add a special flavour to home cooking. We have a selection of herbs in our garden that we use frequently to add life to our curries, pastas, fish, meat, including cocktails ;). Our collection includes rosemary, thyme, purple sage, pineapple mint and garden mint. There is nothing fresher and healthier than fresh vegetables from garden onto the plate within a few minutes. We have planted salad leaves, onions, radishes, tomatoes and fiery Caribbean scotch bonnet chillies.We look forward to summer to sample the first crop of the season. This year hubby has also planted turmeric roots from home, all to satisfy our desire for patholees and fish baked in turmeric leaves, we are yet to see this little baby sprout through.....fingers crossed xxxx the sun works its magic on this plant. 1. Indian Curry leaves plant (3years) 2. Turmeric plant 3. Round Baby Radish 4. Spring onions 5. Mixed salad leaves 6. Carribean Scotch Bonnet chilli 7. Rosemary 8. Purple Sage 9. Thyme 10. Pineapple Mint 11. Garden Mint

My Spring Garden- Part 3, Fruit trees and flowers

The crowning glory of any garden lies in its ability to attract bees, birds and butterflies and what a better way to do it than with flowers filled with nectar and sweet fruits :)
Our new flower collection include Perrenials like Red poppy, Aquilegia crimson star/columbine, Lily of the valley, Red hot poker Tritoma, Agapanthus Blue, Black Alcea Rosea, Mixed Gladioli, Mixed Freesia, Acidanthera, Anemone, Dahlia Park Princess and Mixed Lupinus . We have also planted a few creepers like Climbing Rose, Flowering Clematis,Winter Jasmine and Honey Suckle.
The fruiting shrubs/trees we have added to our collection is Dwarf Morello Cherry tree, Red Currants, Strawberry, Lemon Tree and Olive Tree. We plan to acquire a few apple trees later in the season. With these fruit trees we hope to have a self sufficient edible garden few years down the line.
Climbing Rose, Red Currant
Lemon tree, Dwarf Cherry Tree, Cherry flowers