Running with the season

Late afternoon sunflowers that grow a little weary in the heat.

Coriander goes to seed, and the lettuce? Oh it bolted long ago. Along with the rhubarb who gave up the ghost, and the rainbow chard that’s now a tower of delightfully coloured seed. And pumpkins? Unlike last year where we were swimming in them, this year not even one.

Not the cherry tomatoes though, those tomatoes are still running strong. Although leave them too long and they will sundry right there on the stems in which they grew.

This is our summer.

Hot, windy and dry. So dry.

This season has been a funny one. So many of the plants just seem confused. Rain has been infrequent and barely enough these last six months. Garden space is now reduced to the smallest of small areas just to keep hopes going. There is still hope though, of course there will be a time for things to bounce back and regain their former glorious green. Time for the lilli pilli to regain its shiny leaves and time for far more bread to be baked when the kitchen is just a smidge cooler. The blue banded bees will keep coming, and that in itself is just gentle reminder to keep things simple.

Run with the season, do what we can, and instead spend time feeding that crucial soil in which the garden will grow from. There’s always something to do.


How’s your garden going?



6 thoughts on “Running with the season

  1. Interesting isn’t it Brydie. My garden is getting absolutely scorched and apart from the tomatoes which are battling through almost all of my other vegetables have retired until the weather cools down and we get some rain. Your bread looks glorious as always. Thanks for reminding me to run with the season.


    • Sometimes we do need reminders Jane. I just finished baking some bread now, it was probably a mistake as it’s added another five degree to inside. I cant swim all day 🙂
      Autumn will come eventually and then we can regroup with the growing eh. Until then? Tomatoes it is.


  2. Ah, we have burnt lilli lilli leaves too. A sustained period of hot weather in NE Victoria scorched a few of the tender leaves, and we were too far away enjoying the pleasures of a mild Tasmanian summer to be able to do anything about it. I’m hoping they’ll recover in time, as I need them to grow for a privacy hedge, but we are in the middle of another week of temps over 30!


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