Friday, November 4, 2016

Five on Friday

It has been some time since I have participated in Five on Friday. My Internet connection at home has been less than stellar but I thought I would give it a try tonight and so far so good. I hope.

Thanks Amy for hosting. I've also joined up for Amy's Christmas card swap again this year. It's a nice swap with no stress involved, just a heart-felt message on a card and pop it in the post. Simple.

Anyway. Mt five. I have been doing a lot of work in the garden especially now that the weather seems like it has taken a proper turn towards spring. It has just been teasing up until now apparently. The fact that only now are self-sown tomatoes and pumpkins coming up tells me so. They know better than I if it is warm enough to get growing.

Last week I took delivery of some new berries. I have variable success with raspberries and other cane fruit but I am taking another chance. I mean there are plenty of wild blackberries growing without any interference so surely these cultivated types should be able to grow. perhaps if I leave them to the own devices, they will do best.

 The chickens will not leave the mulch under the olive tree alone. When I say mulch I should say lawn mower clippings. The chooks have however turned it into a nice mulch with all their scratching.

The roses are coming into their own now. This one is called Hope. It is pretty in an understated way. Like many of the roses I grow, I bought it because of its name. I have a whole family in our rose garden except one named for me.

This rose was a gift from my sister. It is called Scentimental. And is pretty in a showy kind of way and nicely scented hence the name.

The recent rains and humidity have encouraged some black spot on the roses. Not enough to do too much damage.

Green. It is green all around at the moment. Those late winter and spring rains have given us so much grass. I moved sheep and cattle on Thursday. Usually they are a cinch to move because they follow me because I will always lead them to greener pastures. It was much less cinchy than usual because they are by no means hungry or looking for greener pastures. I had to rely on the fact that they are like pets and come when I whistle.

Happily they are closer to the house for the time being so I get to talk to them a bit more. And it is easier to take their pictures too.

Bye for now


eclectichomelife said...

Every change of winter/summer season I am in awe of how different our hemispheres are , you turning into Spring and we into Autumn, enjoy the good weather and being more outdoors

River said...

The scentimental rose is very pretty. I hope your new berries do well.

mamasmercantile said...

I love roses so was really impressed to see the beautiful variety named Hope, so pretty and such a lovely name.

Crimson Kettle said...

Great to see all your lovely photos, your scentimental rose looks fantastic. Enjoy your week.

Anne said...

Your roses are just beautiful! It's so beautiful and green where you are. I know the cows and sheep like that. Thanks for sharing, ♥

Anonymous said...

The Hope rose is really beautiful. So delicate and makes me think of Victorian times for some reason.

I did a double take when I saw you were buying berries until I remembered that our seasons are reversed.

Sharon Koole said...

It's wonderful to hear about someone on the other side of the world getting ready for Spring and planting when over here we are getting things tidied up for winter! Your roses look beautiful. I hate those last weeks of winter when everything is so dull, boring and just waiting.

Happy Five on Friday

AnnieOBTextiles said...

What a lovely five. I hope your raspberries and other berries are successful this year. The scentimental rose looks beautiful and I wonder if it is available in the UK as I would love to have it in my garden. I love the idea of the cows coming when whistled! Have a good week.

I am said...

Hi Tracy,lovely pics,yes the weather has been so weird,thought we had spring yesterday but its back to Winter today ,lol.
Cant wait to see the xmas cards ,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

Coastal Ripples said...

What a lovely five. Even tho you are in spring it looks more like our summer. Good luck with the fruit growing. Never easy. Your roses look beautiful. Have a good weekend. B x

Mac n' Janet said...

Enjoyed your post, it always takes me a bit to get my head around the fact that the seasons in Australia are the opposite of ours.

ellen b said...

That Sentimental rose is so pretty. A nice five you have shared. Glad your internet is cooperating and hope it continues. Hope your weekend is going well.

Joolz said...

My roses have black spot too, must be because of so much rain. I even bought a rose spray gun to deal with it, I've never had to before.

Yes, please - I'd like to see more pics of your lovely cattle.

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Your Scentimental rose is quite something, almost like a raspberry ripple ice cream! As you go into spring with the green's, I am going into autumn with red's and brown's. Beautiful to see spring is in full flow with you. Take care x

Lorrie said...

Your roses are very pretty. I like choosing them by names, too, but not for anyone in particular - just names I like. Enjoy spring!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

the roses are beautiful! oh my, the Hope rose is so very lovely in an understated way. Hoping one will be in my future after my next move.