Changing a little bit here, a little bit there, and some caterpillar prayer
I managed some time in the garden over the weekend tidying things up - the herb spiral is looking much neater, and I will pick up some labels this week.
Some parts of the veggie garden just always seem untidy - this bed of mixed greens has bokchoy that is starting to go to seed. I had about a third of a bag of Mr Rooster pelleted manure hanging around so that got strewn around, along with a bit of sulphate of potash and trace elements. A few of the nasturtiums dotted around are starting to flower so that will pretty things up a bit in this area. I love nasturtiums, but sometimes our winters are not quite cold enough for them to bloom.
In the back path behind the lychee tree, I have been battling to try and get the plastic edging neat and tidy. Then I thought of those lovely flat rocks that I had lining the veggie beds. They were not doing much good there, other than giving the weeds a great place to hide and establish themselves. The veggie beds do not really need a defined edge. Don't the rocks look lovely in their new home? I never thought the plastic really fitted in that well, and this looks so natural. Love it!
One of my rex begonias has started to flower - gosh I love their little delicate flowers, and the hairy stems, and the gorgeous foliage. There was a segment on Gardening Australia over the weekend where a begonia fanatic was interviewed, and I fully understood the passion she has for these marvelous plants.
Another plant I am totally in love with is coleus, perfect for adding splashes of colour.
We have had a few caterpillars on our lime tree, and somehow they disappear before I see a chrysalis appear - maybe birds swoop down and pick them off? That is one reason I have put off giving the tree a good pruning,but at last this one seems to be getting into position. He seems to be putting his hands together in prayer "Lord I pray you are with me through this transition and that at the end I emerge as a beautiful butterfly" How many of us have prayed this prayer at one stage in our lives? I think this caterpillar has a very good chance of his prayers coming true, and I will be keenly monitoring his progress.