garden update

Posting this due to several requests for an update since I planted my garden at the beginning of an incredibly hot summer. Please remember that we’ve had intense heat and rigid water restrictions so it’s not all good news. And I sincerely believe that I only have some good news due to the recent rainfall.

Passionfruit cuttings, none survived.

Ginger, planted two pieces on Keith’s advice and one has germinated!

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Snow peas, planted 3 and 3 germinated, one is just surviving while one has contorted itself to reach the northern side of my wall of wheels. Unsure if it will bear any fruit, it certainly hasn’t flowered yet.

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Sunflowers, planted seven seeds, five germinated …
two are thriving but three under partial shade are stunted.
This photo clearly shows that … sunflowers need full sun to thrive!
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Sweet peas, spied a bird stealing my seeds very soon after planting but several eventually germinated. This one seems determined to grow while another is struggling.
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Did replant most of these later three to better positions in this dramatic weather, and we know replanting also pays a toll.

Those two sunflowers will definitely flower and as they, or any of the others do, I will post pics. The lavender, daisy, jade, native groundcovers and aloe vera were all well established prior to our heat wave. Mint is flowering and parsley is being eaten regularly.


  1. When Sparky plants his garden it is our battle against the groundhogs, chipmunks, and rabbits for the survival of the garden. We had the rabbits eating the beans as soon as they sprouted. The peas would produce little pods that would be nipped off and devoured. And then there were the tomatoes. Between the all the varmints and the birds it was a miracle that we got any ripe ones! We are a long way off before we plant the garden – usually not until May 12th.

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    • that’s exactly why I did the update now Val … not all good news but felt you northerners might need to see a little bit of green … birds are our biggest pests here. At mums it was roos and rabbits, every location has different challenges 🙂


  2. Thank you, Kate! Now, this is just what we needed!

    Reading of, and seeing, your successes despite…it all, inspires. You are quite the accomplished nurturer, no matter whether you start your garden with words or with seeds. Challenges abound, but your benevolence darts past most of them.

    Appreciate the news on the ginger in particular! Look forward to seeing how far your plant gets. As you may recall, I had to bow out after a few months, due to autumn’s frosts. My plant’s spirit lives on in your sprout, though. Thanks to you, a brighter tomorrow awaits it!

    Friday brought about 10 cm of snow to our section of North America, but already it begins to melt. Drip, drip! An encouraging reminder that in another month it’ll be time to plant the arugula and mustard greens. After that, the sun will bring much more.

    Thanks for getting those gardening juices flowing, Kate!

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    • you requested an update and as I followed your advice about the ginger Keith it’s the least I could do 🙂
      Not a regular feature on my blog but then anything goes here, thanks 😎

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  3. I appreciate your work with plants. Everyone suffered during drought, and so did plants. Fortunately, now they will catch up and most will enjoy your eyes.

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  4. I saved some parsley and have been putting it in some of my sauces. Front window is really the only good place to get light. Some of the daffodil spears are trying to come up as we had some warm days. But it was cold again this morning. I’ve read that you can use even soapy dish water to water plants. I suppose one has to be careful of foodstuffs mixed in though. I remember going through a severe drought when I lived in Indiana. We were only allowed to wash our cars with one bucket of used washing water. No lawn watering at all.

    Nice to see your garden growing. How do you plant ginger, was that by seed or cutting?
    I was just reading that an avocado a day might be better than an apple a day. I remember trying to grow a plant from the seed when I was younger. Continued success with your lovely garden.

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  5. Awesome flowers and yes they surely r struggling too with what is happening in Australia right now. Great to see the beauty surrounding in the flowers. Kate just a quick question r u receiving my comments on your blog PL let me know.

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  6. YAY for the growth that is happening! Always a joy to see the garden’s beauty and enjoy the fruits of one’s labor! We have some herbs like rosemary that grow every year and we plant tomatoes, squashes, peppers, etc., most years.
    One year two sunflowers grew tall and strong and I didn’t not plant them. Ha! I guess some birds dropped the seeds and planted them for me to enjoy! It was so wonderful! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  7. I love the last bit about mint eaten regularly, such a joy to harvest from one’s own labour. Enjoyed the updates, my garden is coming back to life after all the rain we had, if only I could have directed some your way.

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  8. Ah … the struggle of growing plants in Australia’s harsh hot summers….. well done Kate, and thank you for pic’s, hopefully you’ll get more survivors…..
    I’m lucky, my courtyard is reasonably sheltered, and we are still allowed to water down here in Geelong….

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