It is spring in Australia and even though we are in a drought and are on the tightest restrictions ever experienced, we are using our 'grey water' (laundry water, where we only use natural washing powder) and bucket the grey water onto our precious plants, mainly fruit trees and herbs at present.
I hope you enjoy my wander through the garden on the feast of Sts Michael, Gabriael & Raphael.
We have just bought some new fruit trees and roses in absolutely beautiful pots at a garage sale for a SONG! And look what I got ~ something I have always wanted - a mulberry tree! See the little mulberries on the tree at present? I seriously look forward to the day to making my own batch of mulberry jam from this delightful berry.
It is in a enormous pot and so I can place it anywhere in the yard. Dh is making a chicken yard at present and I have read it is an ideal tree to have in a poultry run, with chickens cleaning up the mess they drop.
Here is my box of comfrey. A most special herb which we eat. I hope to transplant these out into the old vege garden, once dh has spruced it up again. It is very accessible at present on the front patio, I can go out and pick leaves for meals or just to nibble on when heading off in the car. Here is a great link on comfrey and its uses.
The links on this post have come from Isabell Shiphard's site, Herbs Are Special and she has written a book on herbs that is simply the best herb book around. I have SO many herb books, but none compare to this one. If you are looking for just ONE herb book in your home, this is it. Otherwise this page on her site gives you excerpts from her book on a certain range of herbs and it is worth browsing through.
A few years ago we bought many 5year matured fruit trees from an elderly man who could no longer keep up the care for them. They had come in 44litre drums cut in half and so we have planted most into the garden.
This Eureka lemon tree fruits prolificly and is my pride and joy. We are big lemon eaters (or should I say drinkers) and I am especially appreciating lemons in this pregnancy, drinking cool, refreshing lemon water throughout the day.
Here is a close up of the fruit and flowers on my favourite lemon trees. I just love walking out our front gate and breathing in the fragrance of those flowers that wafts over.
This lemon tree is a Variegated Pink Lemonade tree, it is not a enormous fruiter as yet but when it has lemons, they are stripped and the inside is a slight reddish/pink, thus earning it's name.