Sunday, May 1, 2011

A random assortment

 The hibiscus look fabulous at the moment, having loved all the summer rain, and thereby also earning a stay of execution. They are also kept because Mike loves them so. I have on my list of things to do to re-make the house gardens (which are very small really) with a more subtropical flavour. Purely for Mike, as it is not my style.  It must be love...

 The early evening light on these cloudy autumn days has makes the bay look beautiful. I prefer it like this I think to the bright sunshine blue. It will be hard to ever leave this place...

 The warm moist weather has weird and wonderful  fungi villages popping up everywhere, especially in the wood chip mulched areas.

Summer grown leeks which were experimental. These were planted in spring, and not fat, but fat enough. I thought they might go to flower in the heat, but they didn't. 

And the weather has even been balmy enough (when not raining) to do some work outside. Our favourite kind of work, wine tasting, in this case with a new sales agent.

2 comments:

  1. That's something I need to track down, a good book on fungi. I love to know their names.
    I imagined You would take honey off throughout the year, that it wouldn't be as seasonal as the South where everything shuts down in Winter and the Winter is long.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing about identifying fungi. I actually think our small kindy parent library has such a book, will look next time I am there. I'm not experienced enough to know about the honey patterns of bees up here, but they do definitely have times when they have 'honey flows' and then none at all. I think that during the winter they collect pollen rather than nectar, althoug they must collect some nectar too, as the extra honey frames I left for them last winter were largely untouched. They seem to collect the most nectar in spring, and then have a second flurry in early to mid summer. Also, beacuse we have varroa here, you have to take the honey off before you can treat them, even with the organic thymol treatments. The organic treatments work best when the temperature is warmer, so another reason to take the honey off in late summer/early autumn.

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