Winter garden

Despite the day starting out with a wet and gusty morning, the afternoon mellowed into a sunny winter day. That low slung winter sun is so soft and golden, it beckoned us outside to enjoy an all too brief hour in the garden.

There is so much going on.  The hens have started laying again, only since the solstice, right on cue.  The garlic is spouting, the green lemons are slowly ripening and the rhubarb I divided a few months ago is going crazy. No sulking in their patch. I have a whole bed devoted to kale, my favourite vegetable, that thrives in this cold climate. We pick the leaves everyday to cook in soups, pasta and pies. The broad beans Hugo planted three weeks ago are ever so gradually getting bigger, we should have a crop ready by spring. Yep, it's busy out there in the garden, with plenty to eat, even in this cold weather.

Tomorrow we might go and meet the new neighbours, a young family who just arrived from Sydney on the weekend. Can you believe there are nine houses on our street and five families who live here are originally from Sydney!





16 comments:

  1. All looks very luscious :) We would have been another Sydney family on your street if a family member wasn't ill in far NQ.... maybe in a few years you'll be popping over to meet us ;)
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your beautiful garden is very inspiring!! I'm always a bit slack in winter as the garden seems so cold and forbidding, not like our sumptuous spring/summer yard. Lucky you re eggs! Ours haven't started back laying yet, although the silkies have. I'm waiting on the ducks to lay as i'm keen to have more ducklings. Do you have duckies? How amazing about the Sydney/Tassie connection..funny. Take care & enjoy the sunshine xo

    ReplyDelete
  3. Michele,Good to hear that your chooks are laying again, I'm not so lucky... mine are molting at present. I'm rather grumpy with mine as the scratched up a whole veggie bed full of carefully tended heirloom seedlings that I had fostered from seed...boo hoo.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So envious of your lemons - mine are in containers and outside now but at the end of August will be back inside. My little trees really struggle through the winter months. I would love to be able to have a tree in my garden where I could just go out and pluck a lemon from the branch.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love your garden, wish I can put that effort in mine, I´m useless!
    hugs from México!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It all looks so green & abundant...

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is so interesting that you have ex-Sydney siders in your street!

    We are in Sydney and now we are a family we considering moving to the country too.

    That is one reason I love reading your blog- I can live vicariously in the country!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just gorgeous garden pictures...
    You must be so proud of such a beautiful place..

    Jodie :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love the good life!

    Actually I loved the show too!

    Out garden is full of life, I've been munching on Kale, Rocket, Spinach and baby Cos.

    Who said nothing grows in winter!

    ReplyDelete
  10. lovely garden news and nothing quite like neighbourly love. wish i lived in one of those nine houses x

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Michelle Are those limes above the rhubarb? Heavy crop!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Are those leeks in the bottom pic? Mine have stayed the size of pencils for months :/

    ReplyDelete
  13. hi Dillion - they are myer lemons, not yet ripe. Hi Siobhan - that's my beloved garlic crop!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh joy of joys. I have just found your blog, and you my dear darling woman, are living my dream in its entirety. Every inch of your Southern Tasmania, self-sustainable wonderful world belongs in my glory box. In 2.5 years and counting it is all going to come to fruition and I too shall be a 'Southern-Tasmanian Nature woman'. Watch me rattle along on your coat tails with great gusto in the meantime. ..xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your pics are great..... Just wish our chooks would lay the silly duffers still think its time to rest.

    ReplyDelete