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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Selections #208

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week my theme is: 
Market Day.

Every month on the third Saturday a community market is held in the grounds of the Fullarton Community Centre. There are stalls with jewellery bits and bobs, stalls with books and dvds, stalls with plants, others with home baked goodies, still others with clothes. 

I went along yesterday with one purpose in mind. 
Herbs for my garden. 
I avoided the books tables as if the owners had the black plague.  I had only taken a small trolley with me, there would be no room for books.

Here is what I bought:

ha ha! eggs and tomatoes. I'd been to the supermarket earlier, but when I saw these delicious looking tomatoes for only $2 a kilo I remembered that I hadn't bought any and only had one left in the fridge.
The extra large free range eggs for only $5 per dozen couldn't be passed up either. 

just look at the gorgeous red and gold of these dwarf marigolds. There's no way I was going home without them too.

I bought the intended herbs too of course. This one is mint, for cooling summer teas.

'red' sage although the colour is a little more on the purple side, it will look lovely in the garden and you can't have too much sage.

regular green sage, another cooling summer tea which has several other health benefits too.

lemon balm, again, destined for the tea infuser, it has the added benefit of attracting bees to the garden when it flowers. 

oregano, for pizza and spaghetti sauce; this one also brings bees to the garden.

here they are all crowded by the front door, waiting to be planted. I decided to eat lunch first and read a few blogs, because it was too warm outside to be planting. They would all wilt immediately, so I waited until late afternoon.

I spaced out the marigolds in a curved line linking the other two groups of three that I'd planted a few weeks ago. I plan to eventually have a long line of these snaking through the garden.

the mint went into a pot of course, as I don't want it taking over the garden.

the green.....

and the red sage were planted side by side with about 60cm between them, they'll eventually grow into each other and make a nice two-toned mound.

oregano in a sunny spot,

lemon balm in another sunny spot between two trees so it will get a little shade sometimes.

the red and gold variety is my favourite of all the marigolds.


  1. Nice selection of herbs.

  2. Just gorgeous. I admire your will power in avoiding the books too.

  3. You never promised us a rose garden, but your herb garden will do just fine. Such wonderful aromas amongst all of those. There's nothing quite like fresh herbs.

    Have yourself a very enjoyable Australia Day and coming week, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

  4. Lovely! I hope they grow like weeds! Do take pictures of progress and PS. GREAT bargain on the eggs, they look beautiful!

  5. Fresh herbs you can't beat them, I like them in salads.
    It's been over a year since I bought eggs thank's to Drummy.

  6. Wonderful selection, River. I enjoy community markets.
    I too admire your stoicism on avoiding the book sellers - not sure if I could have... too tempting. But, in the event of moving house, I need to not buy anymore books... for a while, anyway :)

  7. Joanne; they're bright and cheery aren't they? and they grow almost anywhere.

    Delores; some I buy for the bees, most I buy because I use them in cooking or as teas.

    Elephant's Child; I had to avoid the books, my budget is a little limited this month since there are 5 rent days instead of 4. Plus I have so many books already stacked and waiting to be read and I just don't get to them often enough.

    Lee; the rose garden is on the other side of the lawn, the bushes don't do very well, certainly not as well as they could. I get out there and deadhead sometimes, but neighbour P does the watering, in the evenings and only waters the surface and douses the foliage. I'd like to do more but the ants are too numerous and P is intrusive.
    The herbs are in "my" side garden and set back from the footpath a bit so people don't nick them. once they are fully grown I won't mind if people take a few leaves for themselves, but while the plants are tiny I'll have to keep an eye on them.

    Happy Elf Christine; I hope they grow like weeds too! As for the eggs they are cheaper than in the local shops, where they are often $6.99 per dozen and since the market is there every month i may just shop there for eggs and veg, fruit too.

    Merle; there's nothing to beat eggs fresh from the hen, I remember when my daughter used to bring me eggs from her chooks. I think it's been a year since she last delivered any. I must ask about her chooks.

    Vicki; you're moving house? I haven't been to this market in quite a while, but now I think I'll go along each month for the atmosphere, the friendly faces, the fresh fruit, veg and eggs.
    On my next visit I plan to pick up a few succulents for the garden, some things that will grow to a certain size then stop. I don't want anything that will send out suckers and take over.

    1. Late this year, we're hoping to put the house on the market. So, I need to keep some purchases like books etc. to a minimum, as I'll be taking a lot of stuff to the op-shops.
      But, I have a large book wish list, so it's hard to refrain...

  8. Now River, that was a shopping trip well worth venturing out for!
    Oh dear, I should have ventured out to our local markets this morning. I have a trolley too! (purple of course)

  9. Vicki; I culled my books when I knew I only had one built in bookcase here and not much room for my free standing ones, now of course I have a whole new collection stacked all over the place because of course they won't fit into the shelves that hold my favourites.

    Rose~from OZ; it certainly was worth it and worked out cheaper too. My trolley is black. I bought a red one and came home one day to find it black. Hubby had painted it.

  10. The tomatoes are certainly very cheap. What a great selection of plants. Now to keep the pests from eating them.

  11. What a lovely shopping adventure you had and what willpower avoiding the book seller. I see you know all about mint and the way it takes over the garden, lovely as the smell is.
    We can't plant anything as we are in heatwaves conditions right now and the garden is looking so very sad.
    Looking forward to seeing your herb garden as it grows.