Around the garden today (and some updates)

Around the garden today I realised that our weeds are embarrassingly out-of-control. I mean, I was actually truly embarrassed to have our friends see our garden. I guess that at this stage in our lives I just have to accept that I can't keep on top of it all. Hopefully one day we will get there but for now I have to live with the embarrassment I guess.

Around the garden today I noticed lots and lots of things in bloom. If you can turn a blind eye to the weeds (which is tricky... try that technique of looking at the 3D art from the 90s... really defocus and it just looks lush and green ;) there are heaps of beautiful things to see. Our carpet roses are starting to bloom in the top terrace and the banksia roses are going nuts in the back garden:

Around the garden today it was hard not to notice the lilacs, or to smell their incredible fragrance:

Around the garden today I saw crabapple, port-wine magnolia, deutzia and may bush all blooming like crazy:

Around the garden today I noticed that the almond trees are laden with nuts and will need to be netted soon to keep them safe from the cockatoos:

Around the garden today I heavily pruned the polygalas and even had to pull one or two out. Unfortunately something caused around half of them to die. In one case only half the actual plant died. I have no idea why this has happened, and why the other half are still happy... I'll leave the happy ones and find other things to replace the miserable or dead ones in due course.

Around the garden today I saw the last of our apple blossoms and it made me realise that an update to this post was in order. Let me share with you my newfound knowledge of all things apple and pear!

Turns out that there is a very old saying: "Plant apples for your retirement, plant pears for your heirs." In other words, apples take a really long time to come into fruit, but pears take even longer. It used to be said that the person who planted a pear tree would never live to see it fruit. These days apples and pears are grafted onto rootstocks that have overcome that somewhat. Most pears are grafted onto quince rootstock which has allowed them to come into fruit much sooner than in the past (and also helps them to tolerate poorer growing conditions). The variety of pear that is grafted onto the rootstock can also make a difference to how long it will take to crop, so much so that some can actually crop in their first or second year. 

After over four years in the ground (from bare-root), it looks like we might get our first crop from the apples in our orchard. And now that we have learnt about the old lore about pears, we will wait patiently for a few (or many) more years until we can eat their offerings. If only all that old knowledge was still being passed down - let's try to make sure that our kids grow up knowing how things grow!