... then an hour later, this!
We're now halfway through the first month of our Autumn and the weather is getting in the way of a good start to our growing season. Autumn through to the beginning of summer is the best time in our gardens.
I've been running in and out of the greenhouse all weekend like an idiot moving trays of seedlings from the few-and-far-between sunlit patches to the rain-sheltered patches ... trying to encourage then along! The trays are so moist at the moment that I'm sure I'll see signs of mould soon! I've already lost some sunflower seedlings, some Marguerite daisies and Brachyscome.
I've also been trying to keep some rather friendly Agile Wallabies out of my courtyard garden and away from some new plants. Yes these are the culprits caught in the act!!
Don't be fooled by those cute faces ... they're really Portulaca poachers and the Salvia snatchers!!! NOT very happy with these cuties at the moment!
My other concern at the moment is what to do with the bulbs I received ... not having had much experience with these at all! Right now I've got them in the fridge because the daytime temperatures are still quite high - around 30 degreesC / 86F - and so are the humidity levels. They're to be potted up and I know the soil can get rather hot in those conditions.
I'm thinking that I should keep them refrigerated until the end of our Autumn ... that's around ten weeks away. If anyone has any ideas on this, I'd be glad to hear them. This is an experiment for me this year ... so I'll see how it all goes.
On a more positive note though ... I am rather happy with the first bloom on my Curcuma 'Anita'...
... and I've spotted the first bud on my Empress Toad Lily ... so exciting!!!!!!