A Successful Start

Spring is when life’s alive in everything.
– Christina Rossetti –

Its time to get your gardening shoes on and take a walk around to see the new growth appearing on plants new and old. 

Gardening Shoes

Gardens all over Cairns are saying welcome to spring. Birds are chirping, worms are wriggling and plants are springing new life. Recently we have had the pleasure of a Willy Wagtails (Rhipidura leucophrys) company as it flicks its tail from side to side on top of the fence post, twisting to catch sight of little insects. Being in Far North Queensland I don’t believe we truly appreciate what spring is, as we do not experience many one digit thermometer days or nights (if any at all). However what a change we have seen from a few slightly warmer days after a mild winter. Plants are flowering even though they have just been planted, native bees are moving from flower to flower, birds are chirping in the distant Raintrees that line the park behind our house and a light shower of rain has brought the green back into some lawns.

My garden has sprung to life, with my seedlings popping up and my citrus trees growing new shoots. The most exciting of all is the Dwarf Kumquat Tree (Fortunella Margarita) which I planted two weeks ago. The new growth and flowers that cover this small tree is very impressive.

Not only has the Kumquat Tree taken off so has my Dwarf Tahitian Lime Tree (Citrus Aurantifolia)  which was also planted two weeks ago and is showing a promising start in the garden.

Along with the rest of the new growth in the garden my newly planted Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus) seeds are now shooting out of the ground and are almost ready for planting in my not yet built vegetable beds.

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus)

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus)

I did get a little too eager and planted out some Zinnia seeds in seedling trays. I have since read that Zinnia’s do not like to be transplanted, so we will see how they fair over the coming weeks.

My list of things to do in the garden grows everyday and as you will see in the photos mulch is nowhere to be seen so it is high on the list.  All in all though I am extremely suprised at the success in the garden. Being a beginner gardener I have never experience such pleasure out of seeing plants grow. Hopefully we will see more growing and then be in for our first garden harvest soon.

Averil xx


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