I think you get the picture...
However, I remedied the photo problem this last weekend, buying myself a cheapish Kodak - it'll do until I can get my Canon fixed, and that entails a trip across to the other side of town.
We are currently experiencing a "berg wind" (a hot, off-land wind) in our area - a welcome break from the cold, wet and miserable weather we've been having recently, and I figured it was the perfect time to wash all those towels and jerseys LOL And the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden...
The garden has patches of colour - the lemon tree is full of fruit, the hibiscus trees are displaying their exotic flowers, the Camellia bush is about to burst into bloom, and the lavender bushes are in full swing.
|Broad beans in flower|
The bees are all on the lavender bushes...
Wrong, wrong, wrong side of the garden, guys! I need you to do your thing on the broad beans!
I have managed to harvest a few things from the garden though:
|Lavender flowers, lemons and clivia pods|
The lavender flowers are in the spare room - acting as a room freshener...The red Clivia pods are free plants waiting to happen. And all it takes is a bit of preparation.
Firstly, remove the hard outer shell of the pod. Inside that you'll find another, softer sheath around the seed - remove that as well:
Place the seeds between a couple of pieces of damp kitchen paper towel:
...and tie them up in a plastic bag...
... leave the bag in a dark-ish spot for about a month, until you see the seeds starting to produce shoots - and then plant the seeds in a seed tray, until they are big enough to transplant into the garden.Then all it takes is patience - about three years worth LOL The reward?
A magnificent show once a year!
Clivias love to be positioned in dappled shade, so providing you can provide that, they will reward you with colour in a darker part of your garden. They are not terribly fussy about requiring lots of water - a sprinkling once a week is all that they need.
If anyone has any seed pods from pale apricot, or yellow clivia plants they don't want, I'd love them - please :)
What did I do with the lemons?
You'll have to wait until next time to find out...! :)