Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lime time

Today it's glorious outside, it might even be warmer outside than in the house. I can even venture outside barefoot. It's the kind of day where we've opened every window and door to let the sunshine in. It really feels a lot like Spring already. An early Spring? That would be nice, a good way to balance out the early Winter! SP and I made a bit of a tour of MIL's garden, to see what may be seen out there on this radiant July day.

First up, I looked to see how all my propagation of four weeks ago is going. The raspberries I dug up don't look like much from a distance, in fact you could be forgiven for thinking they'd died, but up close their little green noses are poking out of the stems and soil. Yesterday I dug up half a dozen extras, hoping for a raspberry filled Summer;

The white Japanese windflowers are also doing well, as are most of the correas;

But the jury's still out on the penstemons. They're all looking a bit limp and wan;

We cut a whole heap of coriander, and I mean a heap! I chopped it all down and have frozen it in water to use at our leisure. There's still three times this again in the garden;

We found a splash of unexpected brilliance in the red leaves of a rhubarb;

And a sweet surprise from a ground cover pelegonium - or geranium - which has been hiding in the violets and soursobs, I didn't even know she was there until she showed her blushing face;

And lastly we looked at the lemons and limes.

SP helped me collect some of the 'balls,'

So expensive in the shops, and so abundant in MIL's garden! If there were ever fruit trees that paid for themselves in greens and golds, then citrus are it in our Mediterranean climate.

I hope you're all enjoying your Sundays. xx


HAZEL said...


Anonymous said...

Your beautiful photos have made me so jealous. I wish my little city garden, not to mention our terrible UK weather, was better suited to growing such a lovely variety of things. I'll have to make do with a handfull of cauliflours and cabbages for now.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

It does feel like mid-spring this week. Lovely day at your MIL place.

Jen said...

I felt a little bit of Spring yesterday too, the sun was so warm and such an exciting to time to be thinking about springtime gardening

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Love those limes! No idea when to pick ours...suspect soon though? How do you tell when limes are ripe?!
I have to plant more raspberries this year too. I LOVE them.

TheGardeningBlog said...

Your lime looks beautiful and how gorgeous are those red leaves on your rhubarb? Stunning.

I have a Japanes windflower - do you know if I can divide it or how to get more plants out of the one?

The Sage Butterfly said...

Wow! You have an amazing crop of citrus...wonderful! I bet they do pay for themselves...very nicely.

hearts_in_asia said...

Thanks all :)
@Mrs Bok, I go by lime size and when they have some 'give' in them (ie not too hard).
@TheGardeningBlog, Windflowers will spread quite a lot in the right conditions, my mother-in-law has a whole patch of them and I've dug plants out of there by cutting the roots (leaving a good amount on each new plant of course!)