Today we met the housesitters who will be taking care of our home while we are overseas later in the year. We invited them to come and have a look around, meet the animals and generally get a feel for the place. We spent a few hours showing them around and explaining various aspects of the property. During that time we had lunch on the verandah as it was a lovely day.
As we discussed various things it struck me how much of our home and garden is simply taken for granted or gets forgotten in the myriad of tasks which make up our day to day routine. Time really appreciate what we have.
After our visitors had gone GMan and I spent a while out in the garden. Apart from the mass of sweet potato plants in one of the raised vegetable gardens we also had some which had taken root in an old cut-down water tank which is one of our compost piles. It was becoming entwined with the raspberry canes so we began to pull them out and realised that there were potatoes growing. I started digging and this was the harvest.
The next job was down by the bottom fence. We planted a new tree which we had bought a couple of weeks ago. It is a tropical birch and according to the label will be perfect for our climate, deciduous with colourful autumn foliage. It is difficult to see but look closely.
A little further along the fence is a callistemon which has come up self-sown. It was almost choked with wed and entangled in the fence so with a bit of care it will hopefully become established.
Speaking of autumn foliage, the liquidamber is showing the first signs of colour. A few golden leaves are peeping through the green.
This is a broader view of the same general area with the liquidamber tree to the left of the photo. Being in a high rainfall area, everything grows easily and well but unfortunately, that includes weeds and unwanted trees and shrubs. Most of the foliage to the right of the liquidamber is not particularly pleasant or useful so we have finally made a decision to have a substantial swathe of it lopped and mulched so that we can replant the area with more suitable plants. Watch this space for before and after photos. Hopefully it will happen before we leave on our trip.
This is a view of some of the trunks and undergrowth of the area we plan to have cleared.
Behind the 2 water tanks is a clear area where GMan planted some pawpaw seedlings a few weeks ago. These had been given to us and they seem to be doing quite well. They are difficult to see but there are about eight plants through the centre of the photo.
Finally, here is the front verge which is a selection of native shrubs which we started planting about 9 years ago and have extended a bit more since then. A couple of weeks ago I noticed some unusual foliage higher than the rest of the shrubs and it turned out to be a tree which we had not planted and already reached a height of about 5 metres. I am not sure what it was but am certain it was non-native and almost certainly an invasive weed so GMan cut it down last week with minimal damage to the surrounding shrubs. It is a reminder that we need to keep a closer eye on what is growing here.
As always, the garden is a work in progress and we have lots of plans. I hope you have enjoyed checking out a little of our place.