Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday 4/4

I got caught in the rain today. Naturally enough I had just finished watering the vegetables garden and was in my own little world doing some work in the front garden when it started to pour. Nothing wrong with getting wet but I don't care too much for that mad dash to the clothes line to bring in the clean washing. The dog thinks it's a great game and chases me, barking at my heels. I'm sure it would make a fine sight.
 All sorts of interesting fungi are popping up now it is cool and moist. I'm quite keen on science and  my own backyard has more than enough biota to keep me entertained.

I have been keeping up with planting everyday. I don't have any of my own seedlings at the planting out stage right now so I took the next best option and bought a punnet of cabbages for today's planting. On the 2nd I plated a long row of cherry belle radish and on the 3rd I planted out three lavender plants to bulk out my wannabe hedge. The microgreens I planted on Monday are powering along. I brought them into the kitchen this morning and in the few hours that I was outside, I could see growth. I just hope Puss doesn't take a liking to them.

The red end of the spectrum is what it was all about this morning. I picked a handful of red strawberries and  the few red dahlias I have a all starting to bloom now. I'm thinking I might see if anyone wants to swap tubers to try to increase my collection. Let me know if you do and we'll see how it goes.

Not red but close. The cosmos are behaving themselves remarkably well this season and are keeping almost completely to their allotted spaces. That probably means that next summer they will pop up here, there and everywhere.

Red radish are my favourite. I do have a soft spot for daikon but there is something about those little cherry belles that makes them just right.
As it is the type of afternoon that can't make up it's mind whether to rain or be sunny or something in between, I'm making an executive decision and working inside for the rest of the day. Not working exactly. Making red grapefruit sorbet, some zucchini fritters and some beeswax lotion bars. Dinner is an easy shepherds pie made with last night's leftover roast so I have plenty of time for :
Friday Night with Friends. This is my first time signing up for FNWF and I'm looking forward to making something a little special for someone near to my heart and to seeing what everyone else has been working on too. Thanks Cheryll for hosting.



Cheryll said...

I'm so pleased to hear that you will be joining us! :)

Endah Murniyati said...

Your dahlias always make me so jealous. So stunning, so beautiful!

shez said...

love reading your posts Tracy and your garden is looking awesome,i hope to do some work in the garden next week,see you tonight my friend,happy stitching.xx

Fiona said...

so lovely to see all that green in the background.... I am hoping we will get a bit of a downpour over the weekend...

Peggy Ann said...

Tracy, that fungi looks like a golf ball sitting on the tee just waiting to be whacked! I love radishes too. We always just had them in salad but recently started sautéing them in butter for a side dish. Do you have any other ways you use them?

Janice said...

We all seem to be having a fungi show at the moment. There are so many interesting ones showing themselves at the moment. Our dahlias are just getting ready to flower. I hope the frosts stay away for a while to give them a chance. You'll have plenty of veges in the coming months. Yum.