Firsts...

24 August, 2014

It is just me or is spring in the air?

Down Melbs way we've had a couple of lovely sunny days, hitting just over 20 degrees C. Given that technically we are still in winter that seems slightly unreal, but welcome none the less.

The garden seems to be loving the slightly longer days (its just light enough to pick dinner veg when I get home from work now. Yay!) and warmer temperatures.

The magnolia has started to bloom. I love this tree for its beautiful magenta flowers. Its just outside my kitchen window and I smile every time I see it.


The grape hyacynths (inherited from the previous gardener at this house) are coming up.


Moving on to blooms producing edible goodies (I hope!), the almond blossoms have just started opening.


As have the nectarine.


Other peaches and nectarines are just about to start.

Another bloom almost here is one early artichoke.


Not a bloom, but still another first (of many I hope), is the first asparagus.


Nom.


And in other firsts, here are my new chickens.


They are new to me, but old chooks. I've taken them on from my grandmother who has moved house, and is about to have surgery and so will not be able to look after them for a while. They are inhabiting the converted duck pen, and seem to be enjoying it.


Any firsts of the season (which ever hemisphere you are in) happening for you?

10 comments:

  1. Spring is in the air here too :) Love your "new" girls!

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    1. Excellent to hear spring is happening in your neck of the woods too.
      Yes, the "new" girls are great fun. I love their chook noises.

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  2. Hello chooks! What darlings! (Gorgeous artichoke bud, too. I do love an artichoke.)

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    1. They are indeed. I'm just getting to the point where I can tell them apart. Names will be next.

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  3. Peaches, plum, nectarines and daffys all flowering in my Tassie garden. Such a treat to feel Spring sunshine. Love your chookies:)

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    1. Wow - the prunus trifecta. And daffodils. What joy!
      You are so right, the spring sunshine does feel like a treat.

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  4. the girls have laid you an egg - a sure sign they are happy in their new abode!
    apart from the chooks, i could have written this post - i am agreeing with just about everything you've said, bek. we have been having unseasonally warm weather the last two weeks (not quite 20 though) and spring blooms are happening way earlier than usual. we are being realistic though - this good weather won't last (as much as we want it too!) - sept and oct can be the coldest, snowiest months of the year in hobart!!

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    1. Yes! I was very pleased with that egg.
      Nice to hear the warm(er) weather is not just hitting melbourne, though I too fear a cold reprisal. Hopefully no more frosts here, but who knows...

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  5. What beautiful flowers, even the stone fruit flowers are so pretty. You are lucky to have artichokes waiting to burst forth (I so love them) and asparagus already. It will be a bountiful spring Bek :D

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    1. I love stone fruit flowers. I hope I get to the day when I can prune the budding branches in spring to put into vases inside, but I won't do that now as I'd hate to reduce the fruit crop potential.
      I hope it is bountiful where you are too!

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