Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Selections # 284



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 Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
 
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm taking a walk down memory lane, with photos of the garden in my previous residence. 

this is a bean flower, probably my first since I was excited enough to photograph it. They're pretty I think. The plant went on to produce dozens of green beans.

this twiggy bird nest was constructed and hung in the carport by L for the fluffy duck he found sitting on the fence post.

the miniature birdhouse was blown off its perch one year by a big wind and it sadly fell apart :(

carrot foliage. I'm always surprised to see these fronds growing two feet tall, yet the carrots under are still tiny babies.

my frog family came with me when I moved and are now looking rather the worse for wear, faded and cracked.

the fruit forest part of the garden. I had a cherry tree, two plum trees, an apricot, a nectarine and a peach tree, and two apple trees, one red, one granny smith. I also had a fig tree cutting, but it didn't survive.

this gauzy dragonfly, about eight inches from wing tip to wing tip,  lasted almost six years, gradually fading each summer until one winter the wings fell apart, they'd become too fragile.

the gecko highrise, which turned out to be more popular with spiders, mostly redbacks (black widows)
 

my sultana grape vine got off to a good start, but faltered when L kept changing its position. It didn't live long enough to produce any grapes.

my green plastic dragonfly in a pot of jade. The jade eventually grew around the stem of the dragonfly and couldn't be removed, so it is here now, in my current garden, with the dragonfly still there, but faded and brittle now and barely visible in the much larger jade.

the nectarine making good growth; this is a miniature tree (as the peach tree was also), but I moved here before it was old enough or strong enough to set fruit. All my trees went to the local community garden  a week or so before I moved.

along the back fence I had a hedge of parsley, which I picked and dried and stored in jars before I moved.

the plum trees did very well; I had a Satsuma plum and one other, also dark red fleshed, that I can't remember the name of. Ah! A Mariposa plum.

raindrops on the ornamental pear tree in the front lawn. Planted when it was barely a metre high, and three years later it was shading the front of the unit.

flowers on the miniature rockmelon vine (cantaloupe) I didn't get many fruits from this, I think three, about tennis ball sized and so sweet and juicy.
I had a lot of miniatures, either  mini trees that grew full sized fruit, or mini vines and veggies that grew miniature fruit. I had mini capsicums that grew tiny fruits not more than an inch long. bite sized, in four different colours. Miniature cauliflowers with heads that would fit in the palm of my hand.

green beans, regular sized and delicious

tomatoes, regular sized and several varieties, green zebra striped, red fig, roma, a black russian that didn't produce even one flower :(

tubs of seedlings all growing strongly, third tub along was the miniature capsicums and behind that was mini cabbages, caulifowers and a tub with broccoli which didn't do well.

and after all that gardening?


 a plate of home made biscuits. Snickerdoodles with craisins (dried cranberries).
 
 
 
 
 
 

23 comments:

  1. All that lovely green stuff growing in planters and pots! Wonderful! You make me green with envy. I would love a real greenhouse. Bean blossoms really are pretty. Loved all of your photos.

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    1. S.J.Qualls; these photos are from at least eight years ago in my previous residence and I no longer have these plants since I moved here. Just not enough space here.

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  2. You do have a green thumb! Lovely gardens you have/have had.

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    1. Grace; I can't take all the credit. My ex was living with me at the time and did a lot of the heavy work.

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  3. I envy your oh-so-green thumb!!

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    1. fishducky; my green thumb seems to have browned off, or perhaps I've just made a few wrong choices in my recent plantings. That won't stop me trying, but I can't grow veg or fruit here.

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  4. Well, it's not fun to leave a garden behind, but it can be done.

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    1. Joanne; I've left behind a garden every time I've moved and it's always hard.

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  5. What a wrench to have to leave all those beautiful green and growing things behind!

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    1. Diane Tolley; most of the things were in pots, even the fruit trees and before I left there, I donated the lot to the local community garden, leaving behind only those things I'd planted in the ground.

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  6. You really do have a green thumb. And I love your garden sculptures too. A number of ours are getting a bit tired. Replacement time is looming.

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    1. Elephant's Child; the garden sculptures are now happily living at the community garden, apart from the ones L took with him.

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  7. Haven't made snicker-doodles in while. One of my fav cookies love to dip them in something hot.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora); I usually make these only a couple of times a year; at Christmas to take to family gatherings and in the middle of the year when it's winter here, it helps to warm up the kitchen.

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  8. A trip down botany lane..

    Have a great week, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; botany lane is a pretty place, especially when everything is blossoming. Cuddles to Remy and Shama. Angel is outside somewhere, in the cold and rain.

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  9. The parsley looks very neat. Were the photos taken with the same camera you now use? They are very good.

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    1. Andrew; parsley does grow neatly, right up until it starts seeding, then it gets leggy and sprawly. These were taken with my first digital camera, the Canon Powershot A460. I still have it, don't really know what to do with it.

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  10. Envy is rampant here. But, I would/could not do all the work you have done. Delicious.

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    1. Susan Kane; I had help with the heavy work, lugging bags of potting mix and heavy tubs etc; my ex was still living with me then. He did the shadehouse construction and any necessary digging.
      If I had the right space here and a fenced area, I'd try the same again, but all I have is the small side yard, no fence and far too much sun/heat since it faces north and west.
      The cherries I grew in that garden were the best I ever ate. Large, sweet, juicy and slightly crunchy.

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  11. Remarkable how many trees you had in pots. What a good solution if you need to relocate temporarily.

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  12. Marty Damon; when I had to relocate I came here where there wasn't enough space for all those trees, otherwise I would have brought them with me. They're at the local community garden now, where more people can enjoy them and pick the fruit too.

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  13. What a delightful assortment of oh, just about everything. You do have such a green thumb. We gave up trying to grow fruit because of the constant battle with fruit fly.

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