Tuesday, 13 January 2015

passing time

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Sometimes you've got to download more in life, than megabytes. I've had some wonderful computer free time lately, which helped engage me in other priorities. Cleaning and sorting made life a little closer to organized, and the weather has been perfect for doing some garden related things.


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I used some of my gift vouchers for Christmas recently, to purchase a new glazed clay pot, and some Impatients (flowers) and Sedums (ground cover). I love the colours.

I took a bunch of plant material from my existing garden too, and attempting to strike new plants. I'll take some with us, and put the rest in the garden. This year the weather has been so perfect (once the rains actually arrived) that some plants I never thought would bear fruit, actually have.


Never say never!


I tasted my first Brazilian Cherry. It was rather tart but not entirely unpleasant. I was happy to see something I put in the ground many years ago, finally do what it was meant for - self replication! I've already planted the seed from the cherry I ate, and it will hopefully come with us too.


Two seedlings I planted earlier


Between sorting our life possessions, my art and getting our daughter ready for high school soon, I forgot how much I needed to experience life in all its different seasons. In the garden and in my changing family situation too. Children grow somewhat like plants!

It's all happening and sometimes unplugging the technology, helps me to really engage. I'm glad I live in a world with the internet, but some things are just too important to miss as well.

Being my first post for 2015 - happy new year! Whatever you're setting your hands to at the moment, I hope its turning out to be a productive year.

13 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!
    I love the photo of the children and I am so happy that you are enjoying good weather and gardening! I love the pot of impatiens and you said sedum? What a great arrangement!
    Unplugging is a great thing to do. In winter the computer tends to become a ball and chain for me but I am feeling much better this year than at the same time last year so I have been able to clean and organize more without hurting. I don't have kids at home to share life with so much more free time than you. If I lived in a nicer climate, I'd be chained to my garden though and the computer would not exactly gather dust so much as feel quite lonely.

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    1. I edited the post, to supply a link to the kind of sedum I purchased. Just click on the word "Sedums", under the first image. They remind me of succulents where some varieties can do really well in arid conditions. Hopefully my container plants won't ever get that dry. ;)

      The picture of my two special seedlings, was taken just before Christmas, when the pink carpet roses and verbena's were in bloom. I look at them sometimes and think, I can't believe they're my two - wasn't I just a kid not that long ago! How time flies, lol.

      I can understand if you cannot get outside, due to competition with the polar bears (mild exaggeration there *wink*) then technology is something to get you through the long, cold days of winter. Summer is normally when I'm trapped inside due to the heat, but this year its wonderfully mild for a change. :)

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    2. I look at my two and wonder where the time went so enjoy these beauties. Its a rather bittersweet time for me as I now realize that yes, they are successfully launced out in the world-heartbreak and struggles and all-still successfully launched. So what more can a momma want now besides lots of grand kids? lol.
      I will look at the link. I am struggling right now to keep my succulents growing indoors so I am not going to be seduced by more plants until I figure out what to do with the ones I have. If it were up to me, I'd just turn thes property into a biodome and call it a day-polar bears beware!

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  2. Bittersweet indeed. I'm very keen for my youngest to start school, as I think it will help him use up those energy reserves, and yet I know when the day comes I'll feel sad too. The more independence comes for our kids, the sooner they leave home. Its both good and both bad at the same time - bittersweet.

    I think you will be delightfully surprised by the Sedums though. They are a diverse group of plants, where some can even handle the snow. They use sedums on green roofs in Greenland for example. They're like succulents, but have their special traits too.

    Sometimes it feels like a biodome would be perfect though. ;)

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    1. I can't believe how big the family is. I did have some-purple ones that flowered a pale purple-they were perrenials but now that I think of it they have not come back in the last two years. I did enjoy them.

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    2. Don't do my mistake though, and that's over watering during winter. I've killed many a plant because the surface of the potting mix looks dry, but wet at the base (not realising). Silly me, lol.

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    3. That might be what killed them outside-too much rain. I didn't bring them indoors since they were planted in the ground. My indoor plants this year have been so thirsty! Its really odd since I usually can neglect them in winter. Not this year.

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  3. Yes, the computer and internet can take up too much time. Glad you're finding balance. Can't say I always do, especially this time of year when it's too cold, rain, and damp to do much out of doors. Your kids look fantastic! That's something to be really proud of!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Leigh. :)

      The weather sounds positively arctic that way. Though I remember you saying you don't get as much snow as other places. Still the wet can hold things up too. I bet it will benefit the goat pastures next growing season though. Bring on Spring!

      I can only claim 50% of the genes for my kids, lol, but I'm just happy they're as healthy as they are. :)

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  4. I love your two special seedlings, Chris! :-) I don't think I have heard of a Brazilian Cherry before. Sounds very interesting.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Nanna Chel. Those little seedling of mine, will grow to be trees one day, as long as I keep feeding the right fertilizer. ;)

      Brazilian Cherry can be a weed in some areas, but its far too arid a climate here. It really needs the moisture to set fruit. It has endured many a heat wave though, and lived to see another season. It's been in the ground at least 4-5 years with no TLC from me. Very tough.

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  5. High school wow they do grow too quick, try not the blink as it will all be a distant memory soon, i know cause thats what its like for me. i have also been avoiding computer time but mine hasn't been all that relaxing, its been like a whirl wind and its just about to get worse. fun and stressful at the same time. we just sold our house not real sure how i feel about it yet, i want the new adventure but being homeless is a little scary. fingers crossed we find a property before we head back down the coast.

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  6. Congratulations on the sale, it means one step closer to where you want to be. I can understand it would feel weird to be homeless soon, even when you've been planning the move in advance. The unknown can be scary. Thankfully, it can also be exciting. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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