"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

-Skybax rider motto

Thursday, 29 August 2013

First few flowers of the season

Aloe mountain gem
Only a few days of winter left & my garden is starting to show a bit of movement.
For such a little guy, this aloe is such a show off.

Grevillea Goldfever
Grevillea goldfever is a low spreading shrub that is supposed to flower all year round, it will grow approx. 30cm high & spread about 1.5m.  He's very small at the moment, but hopefully he will spread out nicely near the rocks in the garden that Jack built! 
Anigozanthos Bush Tenacity
 Great colours in this little kangaroo paw, which is part of the bush gems range, he wont get very big, only about 60cm high.

Anigozanthos viridis
This green kangaroo paw has thinner, more grass like leaves, its a little bit fussy so we will see how we go.

Saturday, 17 August 2013


Pretty much the only thing blooming in my late winter garden at the moment                    

Euryops vergineus from South Africa
This hardy little shrub has been planted in my Aloe garden & has gone crazy compared to everything else. It is also is very easy to propagate.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

tank shifting

Sunday was the big day to shift the fourth tank to be inline with the other three.
New spot, all cleared & level, my potting shed behind.
It was in a different spot & the Chief wanted it shifted, to make everything more symmetrical & neater.
Our little tractor was a back saver, not much physical digging was required & looks like I might get some good dirt for my terrace garden.

shade house, looking towards olive grove
 weeds need mowing, that's radish that has gone yellow, from roundup.
looking back towards shed.
 You can see the three tanks through the shade house, green house & house house on the side with terrace garden in front.
Three of the four tanks.
& finally after much pulling, pushing & lots of grunting the fourth tank is in place, just in time for our next lot of rain.
Gosh these photo's highlight how much work I still have in front of me.
We have been here 7 months now & I feel as though we have not stopped for a second, but when you look around its hard to see where I've been.
Everything all looks so brown, not because of lack of rain, but because we have embarked on an intensive spraying program to try & eradicate the dreaded oxalis (sour sob), its everywhere & has the potential to make me very sad if Im not careful.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Fesh Beginnings

My favourite plant in my garden ATM.
Artriplex nummularia or old man saltbush.
Its native to the arid regions of Australia & is used by farmers as fodder.
I just love it for its pink tinged new growth, grey leaves & drought hardiness.
This plant was already here when we moved in, but I have taken some cuttings & they seem to have taken really easy, so will take a heap more & use as a quick filler in the rest of the garden.