February 11, 2011

February Garden. A Brief Update On The Pantry War

February is the time of year my poor old Farmhouse garden suffers.  It is hot and dry and often quite windy.  Flowers quickly turn brown and without attention there is always a few casualties.  It is a tough gig out there.

This year (so far) nothing has died.  Everything has remained kind of green but the flower situation is dire.  I have given up expecting much in the shape of non-scorched roses until March...

A few plants are still doing well though.

Petunias, Valiantly Fighting On


These guys seem to love summer.

Pretty Frilly Nanna Succulent

Cool, Sculptural Nanna Succulent

When I first moved to The Farm I turned my nose up at succulents...  I don't anymore.  They have a funky Nanna style that I adore.  And they are survivors.  Got to love a garden survivor by mid February.

Anyway - soon it will cool down a bit and my garden will be able to do more than just survive.  I can't wait.

In other Farm news - I have caught 8 mice so far in my War on Rodents.  I am hoping that the rest will wave the white flag and make a strategic retreat back to the great outdoors, but I have left the traps set. I have seen enough war movies to know there is always a few foolhardy rebels who remain after a defeat.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday.  My aim is to get through the day without any conversations with Telstra.  Some of my experiences on the phone yesterday could have doubled for Monty Python sketches....

6 comments:

Semi Expat said...

Loving your Nanna succulents. Sass and Bide had succulents on one of their Tees last Summer so they are definitely not Nanna now!! And you go girl - good collection of mice bodies - don't give up!! (they could stage a counter attack in more ways than one)...
We got a letter from Telstra yesterday - from now on if you make a phone call say for 30 seconds or less it will cost as much as a minute costs ... I quote "We will now bill all timed calls in one minute blocks of time which means the charge for the call is automatically rounded UP to the nearest minute". Grrrreat! Thanks Telstra. XX

Tai Tai said...

I love succulents! The misty, antique pastel colours make me melt. Not nanna-ish at all I don't think. I can't wait for the day to have a garden. Not much grows on the 35th floor of pollution heavy HK ;( xx

Maxabella said...

Here I am in the city and I am dealing with exactly the same issues! Well, I we do back onto the bush, so I guess it's not really city, city!!

I put in a drip irrigation system in Spring and it has served me well for Summer watering. Not quite so many casualties this year! My plants all got a might sunburn in the recent heatwave, though.

Still not a succulent fan. I try, I try. At least I'm moving away from ridiculous 'cottage garden' and into more natives!! x

Sarah said...

8 MICE??? Oh sweet Lord! It's so dry here too. My garden looks like the Sahara right now. I daren't wish for rain though in case we get flooded too.

Mañana Mama said...

Ah, summer, I am so jealous! Always such fun to read your blog, which is why I mentioned you in a recent post: http://www.manana-mama.com/2011/02/flying-in-thunderstorms.html

A Farmer's Wife said...

Semi Expat - I am eternally vigilant against rodent invasion. The Sass and Bide news has cheered me up. Succulents are now officially cool.

Tai Tai - So glad you love succulents too. Thank you!

Maxabella - I am glad I am not the only one with garden issues. I can't manage to be a fan of native plants in the garden. Love them out in the bush though...

Sarah - I completely understand the too scared to wish for rain thing....

Manana Mama - Thank you so much!