Friday, November 19, 2010

Some more photos from the safari

Garden Safari Stats - they sold over 1700 tickets, raised approx $87 000 for the Jassy Dean Trust. That's fantastic, and does make us proud to have been a part of it. $12 000 was raised from the plant sale alone, I am in awe of those who grew the plants.

I wondered if I would want to have a break from the garden after the intense focus of the previous few weeks. Over the past week I've been happy to be out there and spend some time pottering. It has been at pottering speed though, rather than at a trot. I've fixed up some of the irrigation, planted a couple more pumpkins, rigged up some shade cloth over some of the lettuces, pricked out some lavender seedlings, and sown some bottle gourds. I hope I haven't left the gourd sowing too late, I'm keen to have a go at making some bowls from gourds, the kids would love it too.

How many plants can you fit in one photo? Two types of lettuces, calendula, carrots, beetroot, and even some eggplants. 

 This photo is for you Michelle - remember weeding this patch at the beginning of the year? It had potatoes in it then I think. It has been transformed since then, although the path ends at the left of the photo. The garlic is yours Miriam - it's looking good.

 I had signs! A parent told me their little boy got quite excited about this one as he thought there was going to be lots of things for him to pick and eat. Actually quite a few people did help themselves to things in the herb garden especially - Mike said that there were some who turned up in the vineyard where he was doing the wine tasting still munching on various things. The stevia in particular was tempting, as people had heard of it and were curious to see how sweet it actually was. It survived okay, I didn't mind. Point noted though - if you had anything particularly small and precious then I wouldn't label it.

 Sweet peas in full bloom - yay.

I've been enjoying the more relaxed approach this week. I did get a bit uptight about the kids in the garden in the couple of weeks before the safari. They would be climbing the peach tree and jump down on top of the nasturtiums underneath, squashing them flat, or Alex would decide to do a bit of pruning/slashing of things which I don't normally mind, but was a bit sensitive to what it would look like for the safari. In the end I didn't take them into the garden as the date got closer.But we spent some time down there today, and I enjoyed their company, while Alex hacked down some Arum lilies. No problem.


  1. The garden looks fabulous; it must be nice to have it all behind you. There must be an explanation for the cultivated nettle? We seem to grow them without any trouble at all. Pleased to see the garlic going well, mine did finally come up and away too.

  2. Wow, your garden looks amazing!! If I'm ever up your neck of the woods I'm going to have to pop in and see for myself. :-)

  3. Your garden looks great - it's definitely rewarding you for all the hard work! Wish I could have done the real tour - I just want to jump into one of these photos and start exploring!