When I decided to write monthly, about the happy moments during each month, I had no idea that Covid-19 was about to appear in our lives, causing life, as we know it, to change. I’m sure most would say that the past few months have been quite stressful and worrying. But this post isn’t to dwell on the worries of Covid-19.
My smiles posts, every month this year, have all been very similar. As we are in self isolation for the duration of the virus, we aren’t getting out and about, so there is very little to talk about. During October, I have spent most days outdoors, except for the rainy days. So, my October smiles, is a wrap up of all that I’ve been doing, while out in the garden and when out walking.
We have had a great spring so far, with plenty of rain, and many days of sunshine. The garden is looking fantastic, in my opinion, for the first time. This garden is only four years old, with some areas of the garden being younger. During that time, we have endured near drought conditions with dry winters and springs and very hot, dry summers.
Because of this, it has been quite difficult at times, to keep the garden going. There have been times, that I’ve even considered just letting everything die. That would have been the easy thing to do, but I just couldn’t do it. I love gardening, and I love being outside in the garden. When I actually stop and think about it, I have even enjoyed keeping the garden alive, when it seemed almost impossible. It’s been a huge challenge, but this year we are seeing the results of all the hard work.
Today, when I walk out into the garden, I see lots of greenery and colour. The bearded irises, my favourites are looking amazing. I have many colours, and have ordered more to be ready to plant in December.
The roses are just starting to flower. My favourite rose is Double Delight, which is pink/cream. It hasn’t flowered yet this year. I have a few different shades of pinks, burgundy, cream, white, yellow and copper.
It’s been a busy time in the vegie garden, getting the beds ready for planting of the summer vegies. I’ve grown all the seedlings from seed, so summer planting preparation has been quite a long process, but it’s really great to see them all now planted, and growing well.
In the garden are eight varieties of tomatoes, most of them heirloom, iceberg lettuce, capsicum, beans, silverbeet, spring onions, beetroot and corn. We have made two new beds for pumpkin, rockmelon, watermelon and zucchini.
During the month we also planted berry varieties – strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries. I’m very impatient for these to start fruiting.
The highlight of spring, in Bendigo is the City of Greater Bendigo tulip display. As the cold winter disappears, Bendigo turns on a magnificent tulip display in the Conservatory Gardens, near the Alexandra Fountain, and in the Pall Mall area.
Locals love them, and they bring many visitors to our city. Over 50,000 tulip bulbs are planted in a variety of colour co-ordinated garden beds. The tulips are grown in the compost produced from recycling the organic waste collected from residents. Usually at the end of spring, locals are able to bring their garden spades along to dig them up, and take them home and plant in their own gardens. This isn’t happening this year due to Covid-19, however there will be the opportunity to purchase bulbs. I’ve never been able to go along and dig them up, due to being at work, however this year, I’m hoping to be able to buy a few. I have visions of my hot house becoming tulip heaven at the end of winter.
Why tulips in Bendigo?
“Tulips first came about in Bendigo in 2003 when the drought was hitting regional areas hard and the need to find drought-tolerant plants and flowers to plant throughout the city was a must. So, this short-flowering bulb that required little to no extra water was planted. And every year hereafter this aesthetically appealing flower has captured the attention of people near and far”. – bendigoregion.com.au
We made a couple of visits to see the tulips in October. They are amazing and awe inspiring.
I’m fully recovered from my ongoing knee injury so have been walking every day. My favourite walking day is Saturday, when I do a longer walk on the O’Keefe Rail Trail. The walking tracks through the bush near our house are very hilly. The hills are a challenge which I enjoy, but the flat of the rail trail on Saturdays is a relief, even though the walk is longer.
What has the weather been like in your neck of the woods? I’d love to these how life has been for you this week. I’d love to hear about it and will reply to all comments.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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