Spring fever

Happy spring! You can tell it’s spring because this is flowering in my garden.

Hardenbergia flowering.

Term 3 is always the busiest term of the year at our house. The calendar pages stuck to our fridge (actually just A4 sheets I’ve printed out) get so full of writing that they can’t take the weight of all that activity and they drop onto the floor … and slide underneath the fridge. Calendar pages that hide underneath the fridge really don’t help much with the Term 3 Busy-ness.

(Also, on a side note: our fridge door is silver-coloured but is not magnetic. Who makes non-magnetic fridge doors, I ask you? Where am I supposed to stick up my magnetic words for fridge-door poetry-writing? And artwork by our artists-in-residence? What am I supposed to do with all the fridge magnets that inevitably accumulate in a house?!)

In poem-y news, I have new poems up at Poetry Tag: the first one is called ‘The Birth of an Idea’ (Sally gave me the words birth, and together) and the most recent poem is ‘For Sally (on her birthday)’ (my words were take, feline, and cloud). Now I’ve tagged Sally, and it’s her turn to write …

As Term 3 draws to a close  (we still have a week to go here in WA) I am back to writing as much as I can. This week I’ve been writing first drafts of poems, and working on the final drafts of my folktale-style picture book.

Garden update: No carrots, and the green stuff wasn’t a success. There are nasturtiums flowering though, as well as ranunculi, and one poppy plant. You might find that single poppy plant amusing if you follow me on Twitter:

Tweet about sowing lots and lots of poppy seeds

Oh, April Rebecca. So optimistic.

Wait! I did get some passionfruit off the vine. Three in fact. Proof:

Passionfruit photo.

8 sleeps till the school holidays. I’ve got some more writing to do.

3 responses to “Spring fever

  1. Happy Spring, Rebecca! Love your garden tales. What was the ‘green stuff’? I’ve had good success this year with kale, fennel, chard and the usual cauliflower, spinach, leeks etc. Though am thinking of giving up on the caulis as they draw the cabbage moths. Have just been out tidying things up for spring planting & staking wild tomatoes. What will you grow over summer?

    • You are the Garden Guru. I bow to your superior greenstuff growing abilities!

      My green stuff was rainbow chard and lettuce. The lettuce all bolted to seed seconds after it had sprouted. (I’m blaming that one on the warm winter and not the inadequate farmer.) And the rainbow chard never germinated. I suspect it knew that the majority of the household members harboured negative thoughts about it.

      Tomatoes are on my To Do list. Right under ‘remove all the borage that self seeded.’ When I say all, I mean A REALLY LARGE AMOUNT OF BORAGE. The bees like it though. So maybe I’ll leave one or two small ones (borage plants, not bees).

      • Bowing to me would be a mistake! Any success I have is on the back of years of trial and error. It’s funny, though – I have a bumper crop of rainbow (and other) chard, and beautiful oakleaf and iceberg lettuce growing wild from wind-spread seed. No sign of anything bolting even now. And this is in full sun. I honestly think each patch is different and over time you get to know what works for yours. As for me, I am off to pull borage, and also remove the ill-advised and invasive ground cover I recently planted around the beds, which is robbing the passionfruit of all nutrients. Live and learn, eventually. 🙂

        Summer-wise, I tend to stick with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum, spring onions. They’re our salad staples and great to have on hand. For now, I’m just dealing with all the broad beans and trying to keep fruit fly out of the compost. Something about all this lends itself to writing meptahors, doesn’t it?