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Hibiscus Flower of an Hour, this lovely plant self-seeded from last year’s planting. Pure white with a dark center, really pretty flower.

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The morning glories that I have painstakingly grown from seed indoors and planted out is flowering! I hope the moon flower is still in there somewhere and give me some pretty white flowers too.

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I am starting to observe this growth pattern induced by the waxing and waning of the moon. I will continue to pay close attention to this to confirm my findings.

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Indigo Rose, first off the start line, last to finish.

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How does Quince taste like?

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Look at this tiny peach. Why you still so tiny?

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Pears!

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Lots more apples!

So, growing fruit trees with wildflowers as ground covers worked. After the wildflowers have done their dash, gone to seed, the dried up stalks can be trampled into the ground to form a mulch.

It seems like Gravenstein (1669) ripens in January. And Devonshire Quarrenden (1676) after that. I might look into making some apple crumble this weekend with the Gravenstein.

Its really lovely to just wander the garden at this time of the year, looking for windfalls, because I still have no idea how to tell a ripe one from one that wasn’t. Even with windfalls, they might not be ripe at all, only a bite will tell.

I need to make room for more apple trees joining the collection next season! Rota Eiserapfel (1650), Api Rose (1628), and Broxwood Foxwhelp (1600).

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50 Tagasaste Tree Lucerne arrived in the mail yesterday at 4.30pm. They were all in the ground complete with tree guard at 8.00pm same day.

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I first drown them in a dilution of Seasol and Myccorcin, with the idea that the concoction will get them going. The holes were dug, a teaspoon of Rootblast was sprinkled, and the plants go in, the combi-guard goes on. Done! Interestingly, the combi-guard at $1.75 is more expensive than the plants, $1.35 each. All the plants were cut back to the level of the combi-guard sleeve to reduce water stress and also to encourage them to bush out. In the picture above, I planted the Tree Lucerne in the middle of every imaginary triangle that forms among the Olives, Hazelnuts, and Almonds.

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Orchard Cottage this week. The back paddock has been flattened and mowed. Tagasaste Tree Lucerne was planted around the slower growing nut trees which are more exposed to provide shelter. Big project next season, grow out the sweetcorn in this paddock. Still contemplating how I should do it. Fibonacci square? Fibonacci spiral? Or just monoculture straight lines?

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Took Caesar out for a walk this morning, he sniffed out the roadkill and took it home.

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