It has been awfully wet and windy recently, signalling the start of winter. Still, I don’t think we can complain too much. All the rain has been fantastic for the garden. We have also been blessed with some absolutely stunning sunny days too, which rival those in summer. I have been known to sit outside on our outdoor furniture soaking up the rays in shorts and a t-shirt!
I thought that it might be timely to post an update on what has been going on in Anita’s Garden as it has been awhile since my last post. My massive rose order arrived two weeks ago and a wwoofer called David from Germany helped me plant them in the ground. I added the following varieties to the garden:
· Charlotte (Austin)
· Grace (Austin)
· Lady of Shalott (Austin)
· Auswonder (Austin)
· The Alnwick Rose (Austin)
· Gertrude Jekyll (Austin)
· Claude Monet
· Golden Celebration (Austin)
· Kathryn Morley (Austin)
· Abraham Darby (Austin)
David also helped me to get on top of the weeds that were overtaking Anita’s Garden during his stay with us. The garden looks nice and tidy again. We have been picking lots of erlicheer from the garden and putting them in vases inside the house, which look pretty and smell divine.
I also planted some more garlic in the garden. You might recall my post about growing garlic, which you can read here, and a description of the varieties which I’m growing, which you can read here. I have another variety to add to my list. I was shopping at Countdown out in Meadowlands and found some organic garlic. The cloves were nice and big and I see that the garlic, along with all of the other varieties that I planted, has been cropping up with all the rain we have been getting recently.
I was also delighted to discover that some of the miners lettuce (Kings Seeds) which I had sowed in spring has merrily self-seeded in our greens garden. We have been enjoying this delicious lettuce in our wraps with chicken for lunch. If you haven’t grown this variety before, I suggest that you give it a try. My friend Minette introduced me to it and I can’t rave enough about it.
Now that it’s winter, I have also been spraying our roses and fruit trees with lime sulphur, to protect against fungal diseases during the summer. I find that by adopting a good spraying regime in winter, I don’t have to worry too much about spraying during the summer.