Saturday, 8 December 2007

Early Summer Garden: December

golden rose and peppermint

My husband left early this morning for a week-long overseas business trip. He came home from work early yesterday and went straight to bed sick.

This meant that he left his packing until 4 am this morning ... in our bedroom ... with the light on. I do hope that my poor sweetheart is well enough to travel; he looked so pale as he stepped into the taxi.

As you can imagine, I am feeling tired today, although the strong cup of coffee sitting in front of me is doing a lot to improve that. A gentle wander around my garden earlier this morning also helped to clear my head. If only I could stop thinking about all I have to achieve in the next week. Let's just say I'm feeling rather frazzled at the moment!

Early summer is one of my favourite times of the year in the garden. The green of spring is still upon things, and the summer vegetables are just coming into flower and fruit. The peaches are glowing and the grapes swelling. Early in the morning everything is dewy and fresh, although many plants will droop from the heat by day's end.


zucchini flower

baby cucumber on a chook wire trellis

tomato flowers

This giant tree is well-loved by my younger children, who spend many hours in its branches playing. You can see that they have improvised a cubby with tomato stakes. You can just see the pool behind. Beneath the magnolia, amongst the ferns, is where we found our three little birds.

white hydrangea

As I write this post on a warm summer morning, I have been thinking about Julie over at Nunnie's Attic who left a comment saying that it is 6 degrees in Pennsylvania where she lives. When I converted this into celsius I realised that 6F is -15C. Brrrrr!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whether you are enjoying summer sun, or snuggling around the fire as snow swirls.


Rhonda Jean said...

Hello Kate, what a pretty and productive garden you have. What sort of tomatoes are you growing this year?

I hope your dear husband recovers on the plane and has the chance to rest a while before he has to work.

We have very similar taste in flowers, I love magnolia and hydrangeas and grow both here, although the hydrangeas battle against the heat. It looks like you have a green thumb.

Nancy said...

Wow, you have the most beautiful flowers. Today we had a snowstorm with terrible driving conditions.
I hope you recovered after your coffee and your husband was ok on his flight.

Jenny said...

How do you get your chooks to stop eating all the 'important' plants in the garden? Anything productive, eg the passionfruit vine, they strip.

Angelena / CountryLife said...

Your plants and flowers are beautiful! I am currently looking at about 6 inches of snow, so your flowers brightened my day!!

Hope your hubby feels better!

Laurie Anne said...

What lovely pics. We are chilly here (low 40's) and I'm hoping for a little snow :0) It is such a trip to think warm and sunny in December.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

What a lovely tour of your garden! The hydrangea blossoms are just heavenly looking, the rose is wonderful, and the zucchini flower is just fantastic! It makes me long for early summer myself as my hands are feeling very chilly while I type this comment. Luckily, we don't get as cold as in Pennsylvania! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Kirstin said...

Oh how I love your pictures Kate. The flowers are beautiful. My youngest daughter would love climbing in your tree. She is a climber and will climb any tree that gives her opportunity!

Praying that your hubby is well and healthy.

It is cold and has been rainy here. In some areas close by there has been severe flooding.

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Our Red House said...

Rhonda, I am growing Grosse Lisse, Rouge de Marmande, and Romas (I think).

Nancy, my husband called just as he stepped onto the plane and he was feeling a bit better.

Jenny, the chooks were mad about the silverbeet and bok choi over winter, but seem to be leaving the summer vegies mostly alone. They are only bantams so may do less damage than full-sized hens. Also, we only have two.

Angelena, Laurie Anne, Cindy and Kirstin, I have never experienced a December winter, so summer is normal for me. I know last winter I loved seeing summery photos on other folks' blogs, so I guess now it's my turn to provide a taste of summer. Keep warm!

Suzanne said...

I hope your husband feels better soon.

Your garden looks very good. Do you ever eat the zucchini flowers? They a re really yummy when they are stuffed, crumbed and the lightly fried.

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Oh your flowers are so beautiful Kate! I didn't realize how much I miss flowers until I saw your pictures and they are from right now--not last summer! We are waiting for snow and the driveway was so iced over this morning my husband and daughter had to lock arms to get the trash can down to the road.

A good friend of mine is in Sydney right now and he keeps sending pictures of sun and beaches--I am turning green with envy!

I hope you husband has recovered and has a great trip.

Kristen said...

Kate, your flowers are all beautiful! I am so sorry to hear that your husband is not feeling well. That is not fun to travel when you are ill. Enjoy your gorgeous summer weather. :)

Nunnie's Attic said...

Well we're having a veritable heat wave today honey! It's a balmy 33F right now. Which means it's 0.55C in your neck of the woods. And compared to the other's not too bad.

Your flowers are beautiful! Magnolias are my favorite. My wedding bouquet was magnolias. And I have them on my banister now. Still so funny to see summer on your blog and frigid weather on mine. Ah, the wonders of the internet.


Blue Mermaid Cafe..... said...

It is so neat that you are having Summer there while we are having Winter. Your flowers are gorgeous!!
xoxo Nita

Heidi said...

It is always a strange thought that you are in the midst of summer down under while we are in the thrawls of winter. I enjoyed seeing your flowers which are just beautiful.

It is not fun to travel if you are under the weather so I hope your DH feels much better now. I hate mine having to go away. I am out of sorts when he is not around.

~~ Heidi ~~

Ashley said...

Your garden is just beautiful!


Ali said...

your pictures are beautiful :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Your flowers are so pretty...everything in my yard is hibernating in the cold cold ground!! It's been in the 30's here in WA...

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Stitchingranny said...

Oh those pictures are lovely and have bought a little colour into this very grey and cold UK morning.

Kimmie said...

Hi Kate;

it is too cold to grow much of anything here in CT...we have a thin layer of snow on the ground. Wish we had a thin layer of cucumbers instead of SNOW!

Now that would be your flowers Kate- wish I could pop over for a walk in your lovely garden!

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

red tin heart said...

I could do with a wee bit of Summer here today. xoxo Nita

The Tin House said...

Kate, as always lovely photos to illustrate your poetic prose. Very enjoyable. At this time of year, I certainly envy your pool! The cicadas and frogs are making a racket outside, and the morning heat is rising. I also enjoyed reading the Christmas song lyrics - like you I've always adored the traditional white Christmas songs featuring sleighs and reindeer and snow and so forth - but it makes sense to celebrate thongs, togs & barbeques doesn't it!