Archive for September, 2012

Guerrilla Gardening

I have first attempted guerrilla gardening by burying some winter melon seeds on the communal land next to the townhouse I’m living in last year, but they didn’t germinate. It’s always been a difficult one for me to germinate, so I wasn’t very disappointed.

There are a number of gum trees on this land, and the soil is rock hard covered with pine chip mulch, and there’s a drainage path covered by large pebble rocks for the runoff from the neighbouring acreage property. However, it is poorly designed, so the water drain next to rather than in it, washing away some of the mulch when it rains ….

This year, it appears the strawberries I was growing have done some guerrilla gardening on its own by sending runners through the tiny gaps on the fence, despite the winter was so dry and we still haven’t received much rain at all, two strawberry plants have survived!

So I’m trying guerrilla gardening again by planting some butternut pumpkin, and Moon & Stars watermelon seeds. The pumpkin seeds I’ve saved myself a few years ago, but the Moon & Stars watermelon seeds were purchased, and have expired. The last time I attempt to grow it, it rained so much the only one watermelon on the vine split and burst… The pumpkin seeds have germinated after about a week, and it’s been two weeks since they were planted, but there are still no signs of watermelon germinating…..now I wanted watermelons so much that I might go and buy some more seeds!

Strawberry

Strawberry

Butternut Pumpkin Germination

Butternut Pumpkin Germination

They made it!

Now that I’m back in the garden watering at least once a week, some of the trees that I thought didn’t make it through the past few months are showing signs of life! (See post here about what happened in the last few months)

I’m so glad that the blue lillipilly, and soursop survived ~ I’m so looking forward for the lillipilly to grow and the soursop to fruit ~~~~ Will need to repot them to bigger pots tomorrow!

Blue lillipilly

Blue lillipilly

Soursop

Soursop

Here comes berry ~

It’s the berry season here ~ just tasted my first Redlands Joy strawberry… it was tasteless!! I don’t know it was my skills or what…

Anyway, what I wanted to say was, the Mulberry tree at my mum’s place is laden with fruits, and the birds are having a great time 🙂

Mulberry tree

Mulberry tree


Mulberries

Mulberries

Beautiful Wisteria

Wisteria is what got me into wanting to grow ornamental plants in pots after I’ve seen pictures of these purple pendulous racemes in masses hanging down structures like pergolas ~
One of my colleagues is into bonsai, and she have propagated some from her own plants and have generously given me one that’s already blooming last spring ~

A year on, it’s blooming again despite my neglect over the last couple of months ~ really though the only things I did to it before then was water it regularly, and pruned it twice in summer ~ Its flowers are just so beautiful, I’m loving it!! 🙂

Wisteria

Wisteria