My buddy Paul gave me a seedling and this year it will dominate.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Mum died a few months ago. In clearing out her house I'm getting a lot of the pantry stuff.
So I got this container of "Panko" which is the Japanese style of breadcrumb.
Always the teacher, Mum is still teaching me. And she burned bright, right up until she was taken from us.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I got this plant self seeded quite some years ago. I came to learn that is the Jerusalem Cherry. Poisonous berries that look like Jaffas, but a nice looking ornamental plant.
So I threw a couple of berries into a clear garden bed I had but now have a dozen seedlings. That's noxious weed behaviour. Shall I keep them or kill them?
I'll wait a few weeks but I think I'll pull them out.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I have got on top of some creeping periwinkles. Sometimes is just as good to see dead plants as it it to see others thrive.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
As the kids get older and it becomes clearer and clearer that they want (aye need) me to butt out I've found plenty of other things to occupy me. That means I do a lot less cooking, especially given the way menu choices have 8ncreased tge degree of difficulty.
But the combination of a friend giving me a (fmaily sized) fish and some lamb, a message I saw about "Nutella rollups" and a lazy night at home meant that I did a little more cooking tonight.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
When you see what you think is a peach tree spring up in your driveway, you're probably right. But you'd be wrong if you think it'll give you nice peaches. Stonefruit tend not to work that way - it's a team effort between the rootstock and the scion wood.
The good news is that if youve got a strong sapling then you have the first part. Then to just graft to the top.
Ive got one in the driveway where I've budded about five donut peaches and espaliered them, as well as putting a heritage "Giuseppe Masciantonio" on the upright. Both should give me fruit this year - I think I did them three years ago. Also a little one in the garden has only had one summer as the three year ago attempt failed. But I should get fruit on that too.
The experiment continues.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I think a dry spring caught me. I went away for a weekend training camp and this lovely six year old Lilly Pilly was all fresh and flush with new season's growth.
When I returned it was BupBowww. I knew that my decision to allocate more brain tine to skydiving was going to have its casualties. Apparently this nice little plant is one of them.
We'll see. Sometimes there's a Lazarus.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Gardening helps me see this clearly. I heard it once about farming "if you've got livestock, you also get deadstock" and it happens in the garden too.
I've had a bougainvillea in for a few years now in a pot. It works fine in Singapore - they just water them every day and it's all fine. Last year I lost one about this time, and this year I'm seeing the leaves wilt on the remaining one. I'm pretty sure the roots get a fungus in the cold and that's it.
And when I've had these self seeded passionfruit marigold (tagetes lemonii) they get to a foot tall in a pot and then just die. Second time now. Rootbound perhaps.
Things die, life goes on.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Forget all thise quick recipes that say it's ten minutes to prepare caramelised onions. I know why they say it - who wants a rhythmic 1h10min recipe - but it's crap. The ones here have gone for about 25 minutes already.
Cover them, low heat, some oil, stir them often.
For at least 40 minutes.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Not very romantic - "here are some buds". Most people receiving flowers don't think in the long term.
Friday, February 14, 2014
People not cleaning up after themselves.