Edible gardens #2

Our Canabec Super tomato has produced a good crop and will soon ripen and be ready to harvest.  The new mixed lettuce plants are growing well and we have started using the outer leaves.  Dainty parsley flowers will form seeds for a new crop.

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Blueberry Ash

Although the Blueberry Ash is a rainforest tree  it is thriving in our raised garden bed. In spring and summer the tree is covered in dainty pink cup-shaped flowers, followed by blue berries which are bird attracting. The new leaves are a bronze-pink colour and change to dark green.

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Mushroom and Semi-Dried Tomato Quiche

1 ½ sheets frozen short crust pastry, defrosted

400g mushrooms, sliced
Small bunch of silver beet, finely chopped
150g semi-dried tomatoes, drained
6 eggs lightly beaten
300g cream or milk    
Grated parmesan cheese

Grease a 24cm round ovenproof dish and line it with pastry, trimming to fit.
Layer pastry with sliced mushrooms, chopped silver beet and chopped and drained semi-dried tomatoes. Top with combined eggs and cream and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered at 160°C for about 45 minutes or until set.

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Agave are a long leaved succulent plant that forms a rosette shape. They thrive in full sun and need minimal watering – our Agave is growing in an unglazed terracotta pot which is almost invisible from this angle. Small pups are produced which can easily be removed and planted to form new plants.

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Edible gardens

The Dianella or flax lily has edible blue berries.  The Native blue banded bees are attracted to purple and blue flowers and can often be seen around Dianella flowers. Ripening Blueberries and flowering onion heads complete this trio of photographs taken in my daughter’s garden this morning.

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Having a Jade plant near your front door is supposed to bring money into your house!  Our Jade plant always looks welcoming on our front verandah. These brilliant succulents, Euphorbia – Medusa’s head, Chalk Sticks and Crassula Ovata – blue bird, propagated by my sister are very decorative and need little water.

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Potted colour

Potted colour 11th November 2017
Potted colour 25th November 2017

A shallow bowl of potted colour brightens up our deck. Mass planted with Delosperma – hardy ice plant – a perennial ground cover and tiny white daisies, the flowers open in full sun.

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Frog ponds and frog spawn

Having frogs about means the environment is in a healthy state. These tiny eggs – frog spawn – will soon hatch into tadpoles and populate this pond in my daughter’s garden.  Nardoo, duckweed and hornwort are some of the aquatic plants featured.  The large water bowl has a submerged pot of Phalaris arundinacea.

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Pool garden

Our Chinese star jasmine is in full bloom and beautifully frames our Buddha and house pagoda. Bamboo panels, erected to mask the fence, make a nice backdrop and add a calming effect. The ornamental ducks add movement  – as the wind blows, they are constantly moving, and surprisingly always seem to be in a little group.

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