Winter is confused at the moment! Not quite sure what it should be doing as temperatures fluctuate from mild and Spring-like, to icy with days of perpetual downpour, only to turn right around again with beaming sunny skies. The garden is still a great place to be though with an array of delights.
The Southern Boubou is shy and illusive, barely moving from this Australian Brush Cherry tree. It’s a bushshrike with rufous underparts and two distinctive calls.
There is still an abundance of moths and butterflies …..
….. the odd praying mantis – this one minus half a feeler …..
….. and the not-so-welcome snails that surface from nowhere after the rains.
And then there is my garden helper Leo – like my shadow, always at my side!
The downside of this silly season mixup is that some plants aren’t sure what they should be doing and the recent cold spell made all my Pak Choi bolt before they were half grown.
It was my first attempt at the oriental winter veggies and I was devastated, but the flowers are delicious! They have a mustardy taste a bit like rocket flowers.
Always a good indication of what season it is, the fig tree has lost all its leaves and the last few fruits that escaped the main summer picking for fig preserve.
Happy gardening everyone!