Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Christmas everyone!

I enjoyed making up a salad Christmas basket as a gift.  It has a tomato plant that has the tomatoes and leaves so tightly packed it is hard to see them.  I have never seen one like this before,  With a little mizuna, tatsoi, a cucumber and some flowers this should do well.  As you can see I divided a bit of the silver falls dichondra from my other pot, spreading the love....... 

We have had very hot weather, with a few showers at night, and I keep thinking the wet season will arrive at any moment.  In the meantime I took a chance and planted out some cucumber seeds.  They have come up and look quite happy alongside the sweet potato.  If it gets very wet they might succumb to powdery mildew and if not I might get some cucumbers.

 The capsicum that languished in the garden for months has suddenly started producing fruit! Maybe I have been growing it in the wrong season all along!

Faithfully the eggplant just keep producing, not prolific, but steady.  this purple one and the small round Thai one.  I noticed a bit of white fly so must spray with some horticultural oil.  This time of the year can get very buggy. 
I have an orchid that a friend gave me long ago and it has very long arching branches.   One is in a hanging basket in the lychee tree and another is in a copper pot tied up to a trellis. The flowers are very delicate and seem short lived.  
 You can see here how long the branches are!
Of course my ladyslipper orchid just keeps on and on, blooming prolifically.  I just love the curtain of hanging flowers from the arch.  Does anyone else just sometimes sit out in the garden and revel in the beauty of the flowers and breathe in the garden air?  When I sit on the swing and the honeyeaters come flitting around, chirping and chattering and playing in the birdbath I really feel so blessed. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy seeing photos of my tropical garden as much as I love sharing them.

We will be spending Christmas with some of the family, and thinking of others far away.  I hope you are blessed this Christmas with health and happiness and love, lots of love. 

Merry Christmas and see you again in the New Year. 


  1. I love the idea of the Christmas salad basket, what a really thoughtful and practical gift! We came home from holidays recently to lots of cucumbers as we had abundant rain while we were away. I love fresh homegrown cucumber as it's so crisp and crunchy! Have a lovely Christmas! Meg:)

  2. I have seen those pots of salad veggies at the Farmers Market and thought what a good idea they are. Your garden is looking good considering the weather. My purple lily has just shrivelled up so I must mark the pot it is in so I don't forget where it is amongst the other lilies. Hope yours is doing okay. Have a blessed Christmas with your family.

  3. I love your Christmas basket. Wonderful idea. Your garden seems to be doing very well too. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. You've made a beautiful Christmas gift with your selection of vegetables in that pot.
    Your orchids are great. I was given a small orchid, but it's indoors, just hope I don't let it die, as it's so delicate.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Gill.

  5. What a wonderful and lovely salad Christmas basket. Great idea.

    Love your orchids especially the ladyslipper.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family & have a wonderful 2018 ~ FlowerLady

  6. I am always inspired every time I read your blogs. I want to go outside and see what I might be able to grow this time of year here, or clean out another area for another small garden. I think it's wonderful how you can garden all year. Keep up the great blogs. Merry Christmas to you my friend. LindaLee

    1. Hi Lindalee,
      Well at least your weather gives you a clear direction - I somehow think it must still be possible to grow something, and then I end up just getting all hot and bothered!

  7. awesome orchids!
    have acquired 2 extras myself, my first is in the poinciana tree & my recent purchases are still in their pots, just waiting for the right tree
    your garden is always so lush!
    have a wonderful xmas & safe new year
    thanx for sharing

    1. thanks Selina,
      I just found an orchid on clearance at the supermarket, so of course had to bring that home! Wow poinciana trees are so pretty - wish i had room for one!

  8. Your orchids are so pretty! I hope you cucumber plants are still doing well. Happy New Year!


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