My new Clivias


As you would all know by now, I am an excitable woman.  And this week, I am really excited about my new Clivias.

My sister, Sandra, put me onto a fabulous nursery, Clivia Classiques, in Forrestdale.  We went there last week and I was extremely impressed.  They have a huge enclosure, exclusively dedicated to Clivias.  There are thousands of Clivias.  I could not believe my eyes.  When we were there, most of the Clivias were just in bud but, in a week or two, the whole area will be amass with blooms. Continue reading


Vegie patch update – June 2015

IMG_2470copy1Before I begin this post, I must apologise for the photos.  They were taken with the incorrect white balance.  I have done my best to fix them, but when they are so out, it is hard to get them right.  Of course, if I was in Bridgetown, I could just go outside and take them again.  Alas, I am in Perth.

Bad photos not withstanding, we must proceed and the subject of the above photo is the main reason for this post.  I have had the whip out for ages now and Maus has, finally, finished my compost bin(s)!  Isn’t it beautiful.  I just love it.  She’s a gem 🙂 Continue reading

What I like to do more than anything else …

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Last summer, there was post after post after post about my prolific vegie patch.  That vegie patch was a dream come true.  I had wanted one for so long.  That is what retirement is about.  You get to do all the things you have ever wanted to do. Continue reading

The price of an overseas holiday


I don’t want you to think my life is all beer and skittles.

This pile of weeds is 12 metres long, 1.5 metres wide and about 0.5 metres high and I pulled up every bloody one of them!!!  (Maus picked them up and put them in the trailer.)  We have finished weeding one rose garden.  I am so lucky, my darling sister, Sandra, and her friend, Merle, weeded another bed for me whilst we were away. Continue reading

Vegie Patch Update

Remember my vegie patch?  It has well and truly taken off.  In fact, it has gone mad.  I have done what every newbie does: planted too much of everything.  I tried not to, but when a little pot of seedlings has about 15 silverbeet plants in it, one is doomed to fail.  I explicitly did not buy a punnet of silverbeet because, in my humble opinion, a little of it goes a long way.  As I have told you time and time again, we have been getting mountains of it.  So much, in fact, the other day I pulled most of it out.  I couldn’t stand it any more.  The freezer has not much else in it and it is bursting at the seams.

And then there are the cucumbers …

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Vegie Patch Update – October 2012

Remember my vegie patch and my garlic??  The garlic is still there.  It is not doing anything startling.  I did a bit of reading and it seems it is time to give them some high nitrogen fertiliser.  So they got a feed of blood and bone today.  I don’t know when they are supposed to form bulbs but they certainly haven’t done it yet.

Anyway, my garlic has some new friends.

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Wisteria Floribunda Kuchibeni

Pretty well up there as my favourite flower is the Wisteria.  The only down side is its short show – one week and it is all over.  That is, unless you have lots of varieties and two locations.  Perth is much warmer than Bridgetown so Wisteria flower earlier in Perth and Kuchibeni is an early bloomer.   We have Kuchibeni growing across our house in Perth and, for the last week, it has been spectacular.   Next week, when we go back, it will be all over. Continue reading

Olive Varieties in Perth

I am often asked to identify olive varieties so I thought those with trees out there may be interested in checking out the varieties I have.

All the distinction between oil olives and table olives means is that olives bred for oil will usually have a higher oil content and table olives will usually be larger and have a better pit to flesh ratio.  You can pickle oil olives and you can press table olives.  If, after reading this post, you discover you have an oil variety, pickle away.  You will just have small olives rich in oil on your table. Continue reading