Monday, March 8, 2010

Rain and Festivals

It's Festival time in Adelaide and the lights are on again on North Terrace. The city is swarming with people at all hours of the day and night. Being usually disorganised this year we have tickets for nothing and have not even been to WOMAD (gasp).
All the tickets have gone for EVERYTHING at the Speigaltent and the line to get into the Garden of Unearthy delights is extremely long.
Still the buskers are great and there are many free events such as the light show and Writers week. The rest of my family are in the city sampling the delights of Amococo at the moment.
Fisherman and I had the unexpected delight of a double sleepover for the children last night allowing us to GO TO THE MOVIES, mooch about without any sounds of complaint and roam the city streets until the wee hours. I can highly recommend it.

The Northern Lights.
The lights change every few minutes making fairytale objects of the buildings.

So go on into the city and soak up the atmosphere.
But back to the happenings in the garden. The last few months have been extremely hot and dry but what excitment yesterday, it rained!!
The verandas flooded and we had a minor leak inside but we were jumping up and down with excitment to see all the water cascading into the rainwater tanks.

The chilli bush in its second year is covered with fruit. It seems to thrive in the harsh conditions.

This part of the garden is looking good with sedum Autumn Joy, some bright dwarf zinnias and a euphorbia.

A close up of the sedum Autumn Joy. It is also doing very well in the dry heat. I saw lots of these at the Gardening Australia expo which I managed to go to this weekend. I was feeling pretty smug that it is already in my garden (I do smug rather well and often without justification). Of course while I was there I did purchase some plants. This included a few more interesting succulents that hopefully will feature in a future posting, and also a Pomegranet, I am trying to work out where to put it.

The Garlic Chives are flowering. There are dahlias in here as well.

I had to put this in, I so love my walks on the beach, you never know what each day will bring.

Here are a couple of pots around the front veranda.

The lemon tree in what I like to think of as my mediterranean garden has been looking sick and really needs the rain, it is stressed and badly effected by scale but has a very good crop of lemons. There is also an Orange in a pot, rosemary, a myrtle, geraniums and a rose.

Dispite the lack of rain the front yard is looking quite good and we have only lost one plant from the past spring planting. The native plant sale is coming up in the first week of May so we can replace the eromophillia nivea that did not make it. The Causrinas, Banksia, Lamandras and various saltbushes are going well

Hopefully the extreme hot weather is over for this season. Dispite resolutions of being good and saving money I have ordered spring bulbs so I am looking forward to planting those.
I have big plans for winter planting of yet more fruit trees in the backyard!!
Yesterday I planted french beans and rainbow chard and I have seedlings of lettuce, coriander, pak choy and rocket coming up. Up until now with the very hot weather most seedlings have not survived so I hope this lot will live.