"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Signs of Spring

After our last cold snap, it seems that my town garden is bursting at the seams to show off the first sings of Spring.  Literally, in the last week all hell has broken loose - if you don't believe me, here's proof...

The pomegranate in our back garden - it's 4 years old this year - so hopefully it will bear some fruit...?  The nursery that I originally purchased it from didn't know which species it was, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see what fruit it produces.
The Mission Olive tree is budding - but the wretched south easter always seems to blow off any fruit that forms
A very confused Aubergine plant - it's from last season...
The peach tree is in blossom... 
My first geranium flower - I reckon it's a stunning, striking colour.
This Jasmine plant has always struggled, but it seems to be flowering beautifully this year.
Our Yellowood tree is bursting out its' whorls of new leaves...
Podocarpus falcatus
My first nasturtium flower of the season...
And finally, I have just purchased some catnip, and before I could even plant it in the ground, it would appear that one of the neighbours cats has sampled it... :)
We have a major cold front due to hit us tomorrow - hopefully it doesn't cause too much damage.


  1. keeping fingers crossed for the struggling jasmine.......nothing more beautiful than a raging jasmine

  2. It is amazing to see the differences in our seasons. I am hoping the storm passes leaving you untouched.

  3. Our cats go potty over the cat mint! Kitty will be back! You might take out insurance in the event of a total onslaught: make a few cuttings to root and grow as spares to "spread the load". I have seen it planted in hanging baskets, I suspect, for this reason.

  4. It looks like spring has come to your part of Africa...and your aubergine already has more flowers on it than any of mine do.:)

  5. Wickets - I think I know what the problem is with the Jasmine. It needs to go in the ground. It's been in a pot for about 3 years.

    I have plans to transplant it at the farm - if it hangs on long enough...

    Jane - Dont think there's much chance of that - the weather forecaster is saying it's a "major front". LOL Know what you mean about the different seasons - experiencing them through other blogs has opened up a whole new world.

    Mad Dog - I know Kitty will be back... :( And I have an empty hanging basket - that's a good idea.

  6. Mr H - That aubergine is from last summer! Reckon it's a might confused.

  7. Spring and storms just go together...batten down the hatches and hide out.

  8. Christine - I agfree - always give one a lift after winter... LOL


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