Spring is in the air – oh joyful and happy times! I am most grateful that we had a mild winter and the joys of spring have come up in wonderful colours in our garden. Spring seems to start earlier and earlier each year – maybe it’s just me getting older…
We have the most lovely loquat tree in the top corner of our garden. If memory serves, we got it as a small potted plant from my brother-in-law Derek from his Plettenberg Bay garden. I’m never sure what to do with the fruit, other than make jam, so sadly I usually leave the birds to feed to the hearts content. Soon the fruit will be a beautiful yellow.
We have two lemon trees. The older of the two seems to be diseased with the skin of the lemons and branches getting odd spotty growths which rub off easily. The fruit however is unaffected and I have yet to find juicier lemons. Our second tree came about after slicing open a lemon for a gin an tonic and found one of the pips had started sprouting inside the lemon. Pete just popped in the ground, et voila, one lemon tree later which produces the most perfect lemons.
Our fig tree has sprouted figs on a bare tree! Poor tree must be a tad confused – there are no more than two dozen teeny tiny leaves at this stage and nearly as many figs. Doubt these little fellows will develop properly, let alone ripen as it is far too early in the season. When we pruned the tree, I took a few cuttings and stuck them in potting soil after dipping them in hormone growth powder and it seems to have worked! I am not getting too excited just yet, hence the lack of photos of the cuttings.
Our two strelitzia plants are both thriving at the moment. Each plant has no less than 5 flowers in glorious bloom. They make for the most beautiful cut flowers and last an age in a vase.
Yay! My sweet peas have finally started flowering. The rambling plants look much like a weed sadly and have a tendency to take over but I just love the look and smell of the flowers – definitely one of my favourite smells and it’s a delight to see small vases all over our home of these pretty flowers.
We have three arum lilly plants in our lapa/braai area and all 3 have started producing the biggest lillies we have ever had. I often have a tall vase filled with arums in our entrance hall standing at attention waiting to greet guests.
Our peach tree literally went from blossoms with no leaves to leaf laden branches with two remaining blossoms before I could get any photos. No sooner had I taken this photo when a gust of wind come up and blew the pink petals to the ground.
Last but by no means least, are a few chilli plants which I have planted in one of the three box/window planters in front of Pet’s workshop. I am a little undecided what to plant in the other 2 – possibly marigolds or maybe even some herbs.
I can’t wait to get back in the garden again. Here’s to a wonderful summer!
Sorry if I am absent from your blogs’ this week, I am away for the week and will catch up with you all next week again. 🙂