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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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September 17, 2005

vintage gardening in September

spring is here supposedly.
However, where I live, it is still a little on the cool side.
I am busting to get my tomatoes in but waiting a week or two will be so much better for those warmth loving plants.
roses are sending up new shoots and my crab apple is in full bloom.
I just noticed this morning that my lilacs have buds on them
*and it looks like they will be glorious this year.
I have 4 weeks to get my garden into tip top shape for ms*louisa's wedding.
I want lots of pots planted up with violas & pansies & alyssum spilling out of tubs.
And I need to plant lots of nasturtiums, alyssum and queen anne's lace
under my apple tree to help keep those bad bugs at bay.
It is looking like I should get a wonderful crop of apples this year.
This apple tree is amazing!
It is one of the original trees that was planted when our land was part of an orchard - over 70 years ago.
I have no idea what variety it is
but it makes the best apple crumble & apple sauce.
And it is a delight in every season -
just now it is ready to burst into blossom
and I am hoping it will hold off til the wedding day..
it would be lovely to have some photos taken under it.

I also need to wrap some hessian around the trunk for codling moth control.

This weekend, I am hoping to spend a few hours in my vegie garden,
getting it all ready for spring planting.
The snow peas can come out and be given to the chickens
and I will have to rake up alot of sticks that have fallen in the past few days...
I throw a few good handfuls of organic life onto the soil
and cover the whole garden with newspaper and lucerne.
This encourages worm activity .
I also need to lime the soil in some parts for those vegies that need lime.
Oh and I also have to turn my compost heap -
I have one cooking , one current and one that I can use now.
Wonderful things compost heaps -
the chicken manure and spent straw from their nesting boxes goes into it
as does any other kitchen waste that the chickens don't eat.
I stay away from meat products
and weeds like oxalis and some grasses.
I cover the whole thing with an old carpet piece
and the worms do their magic.
The liquid manure barrel needs to be stirred and topped up.
comfrey certainly comes in handy for that.
I also need to get more mulch on those beds that aren't covered.
The summer will be here before we know it
and I need to keep as much moisture in as possible.
I am now back to using lucerne, a little more expensive
but well worth the goodness it puts into the soil.
I need to weed, feed & mulch all my trees as well.
A busy time in the garden this month!


Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Robyn,what a wonderful post~brings back memories of the apple trees we had in our garden when I was a girl. Mom made the best apple pies and apple sauce. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories!

10:34 am  
Blogger Alice said...

Well, dear Robyn, with all of that gardening to do, you obviously won't have time to sleep for the next month either. After all, when else will you have time to blog? It will be such a busy time for you but so exciting as well. I hope you have the perfect weather so that all your plants bloom just as you wish on such an important occasion.

I have one small query. I know that using common names for plants can lead to all sorts of confusion, but I wondered just what plant you call 'Sweet Alice'? You already referred to Alyssum in the same sentence, so I assume there is another plant, other than Alyssum, that you call 'Sweet Alice'. Just curious!

9:55 pm  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

oops, Alice. I meant to say queen annes lace... have fixed it now. thanks!

11:22 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

I love the leaves and flowers of Queen Anne's lace. Did you know it belongs to the carrot family and the carrots we eat were developed from that plant, which grows wild in many parts of the world (including my garden, at times.)

11:45 pm  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

sounds wonderful! Your garden must look splendid. As you're starting Spring, we're starting Autumn, and so all the tasks we have here are regarding putting the garden to sleep. We hope to get an apple tree next year, hopefully to go into the middle of our lawn. I love apple trees, there's something truly magical about them!

6:50 am  
Blogger my vintage days said...

This must be a great year for apples, My tree's are bursting with apples now. I am sure you will have the garden looking like a magical place for the wedding. Queen Annes Lace is considered a weed here, but I do let to grow in some parts of my garden. Did you say they are good for repelling bugs?

7:01 am  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

Alice - yes I did know that the queen annes lace is part of the carrot family. Matter of fact,one of my books suggest that you leave some carrots to go to seed in the vegie garden to encourage hover flies that eat the bad bugs

Gina - not so much repel bugs but encourage the good ones that eat the baddies... I am so into companion planting and organic gardening!

7:42 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

May the Lord bless you with abundant energy ms*robyn! Spring is a magical time of the year and having your daughter's wedding day on the horizon must be so special to look forward to and work toward. The garden sounds like it is co-operating with all of its might.....Our apples trees are heavy with apples just now, 3 varieties, but they are small, due to lack of enough rain this year....p.s. I love the little-ist velvet flower in the middle of Queen Anne's lace. The whole flower is... a thing of beauty. All praise to Him who made it!

8:38 am  

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