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Saturday, January 31, 2009

waiting for the fruits

It's really no surprise to me that with our Summer comes me waiting....waiting for cooler and kinder weather for my vegetable gardening to resume in full abundance....and for the bugs to vacate.
However Summer this year has turned out to be a little more productive in the backyard thanks to my fruit trees....if you are willing and able to wait that is.

To those interested in a Summer garden update from my place.... grab a cool drink or a hot chocolate depending on your hemisphere and come for a short wander amidst the green.....
We can start with our cumquat's, which survived last years onslaught of leaf miner and sooty mould thanks to my homemade white oil .

They have just treated my nose to their sweet smelling citrus blossoms.... how I love that intoxicating scent..... and now there are budding baby fruit all over.
I can almost smell the marmalade too that we will be spreading on our winter toast this year.

There are also Hawaiian guava's ripening on my little tree for the first time.... I can't wait to taste that pretty and sweet homegrown pink flesh.

Papaya's are in true abundance fattening by the day.
My mint should have bounced back just nicely from the heat by the time these fatties are ready. It's a perfect Summer flavour combination don't you agree?

The lady finger banana's are nicely bundled inside their blue and silver bag. Finally safe from visiting bats and any other marauders who might enjoy a fruity midnight snack. They too are slow to grow and ripen.....It's a patient process this waiting....

And why would my favourite figs be any faster than the rest....they seem to tease me the most..... especially when I brush through their leaves and the fragrance similar to their ripe bodies invades my nostrils and fires my desire to eat them now.

The immediate reward for my patience however, I console myself, are my aubergine fingers. They are ready for eating with many more still to come. Mmm chargrilled....stuffed....roasted.....baba ganoush?
And for balance because that's what I'm working on this year.....
And because everything is not always perfect in any garden......
I have had some disappointments, aside from waiting, along the way.

When I removed my cucumbers after many delicious harvests I inadvertently destroyed the home of some bugs....well quite a few bugs......who then found their way to my sugar baby vines. Needless to say I ended up with chewed stems and rotten fruit. No watermelons will be eaten here this year.


And it seems no capsicums either.... they are providing loads of fruit which are also rotting immediately before they start to colour..... a little mysterious and quite a bit disappointing. I think I may need to consult the books.

And in a final true lesson of balance.....my stunning passion fruit flower that had me so very excited recently about pending harvests and Summer Pavlova's drowning in pulp has remained at just one. Yes one and one only. A beautiful large and round golden passion fruit hanging where the flower blossomed while the rest of the vine continues to grow with amazing vigour. I think it will be THE best tasting passion fruit I've indulged in in a long time...maybe I will share it with you.

I must admit however that the best thing that comes from waiting for the fruits of your labour is that it makes everything taste all that much sweeter. And that is a good good thing.


11 comments:

Rest is not idleness said...

I am so jealous, your garden is looking good, thanks to the hot weather here, mine has succumbed. I'm going to be re-making my garden beds so they are more water-wise for this climate.
take care
Pip

karenjane said...

gosh , so much happening in your garden, how exciting all that fruit growing! yum

Tammy said...

What a beautiful garden you have. It will be so nice for you to taste some of that juicy fruit in not too much longer! :)

Kathy said...

I'm surprised you didn't snort in disgust at my attempts ;)

And look at all those bugs! Must be a pretty special watermelon huh

Anne said...

Wow, I LOVE your fruit garden. Thanks for sharing it. As I'm a renter, I only keep to a little vegie patch. One day when I get my own place I'll have fruit trees everywhere.

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Melanie said...

I am in awe. Truly! You have so much yummy fruit growing. I have had no success yet with any kind of fruit tree.

Hannah said...

Ah! Fascinating to see what you are growing there! Gardening always has its share of both successes and failures...seeing yours has me looking forward to the growing season here!

Lisa said...

What a lovely, exotic fruit garden! We can't grow those fruits here in Ohio! I'm envious!

Levin (and Emily) said...

wow - your garden looks fabulous and so productive. ours looks like it's been fried - the grass is crunch underfoot and most of our veggies have just not produced as they just couldn't cope with the intense heat and lack of water......maybe next year???? it was so lovely to get a glimpse of a garden that is producing so well though!
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x

Sabrina said...

You garden is so fantastic and inspiring (but unfortunately many of the fruits are unrealistic for my Northern clime). I'm just longing for a little taste of summer and all the delightful fruits that come along.

REread said...

your garden has sooo much delightful stuff in it !!!!