A heat wave for Queensland has been predicted for the next few days. I will be in the garden only in the very early and late parts of the day, chilling inside during the heat of the day. This week’s Six is all about visits from King Parrots and a young python, the nearly completed pergola, and a couple flowering beauties in the garden.
- On the look out for cherry tomatoes are the King Parrots! The adults visit on a regular basis, looking for peas and tomatoes, and they are now accompanied by their fledglings who will learn the tricks of the trade.
2. The potting shed. I have small shed where I store my plant pots, planting media and tools. A couple of weeks ago I found some of my pots on the floor. I picked them up and restacked them on the bench, thinking that they had possibly overbalanced and fallen down. A couple of days ago Mr S went into the shed and noticed that there were quite a few pots on the ground, some broken pots and the charcoal I use to repot orchids was scattered on the floor.
The mystery was instantly solved when he noticed that there was a very young carpet snake (python) curled up and sleeping where the pots had been! The carpet snakes (pythons) are nocturnal creatures, on the move and hunting for food at night, and sleeping during the day.
We scouted around and discovered a small hole at ground level, which explained how the carpet snake had managed to get into the shed. Pythons are generally harmless and most people tend to leave them be. On peeking inside the shed this morning we noticed that the python was no longer in the shed, but had moved on within its territory.
3. The pergola. We began this project last Friday, and it is almost complete. The next step involves purchasing some weld-mesh for the sides and roof, and planting climbers. I have a wisteria that I grew from a cutting which will go on one side of the pergola. I am still trying to decide what other climbers I will plant.
4. Day lily, Hemerocallis – an unknown variety – is full of buds and is a lovely burgundy colour.
5. New Guinea Banana hybrid, Musa sp. Mr S harvested a bunch of bananas a couple of weeks ago, and hung it in the shed to mature. The bananas are slowly ripening, and we harvest them individually from the bunch as they ripen.
6. Another colourful perennial that is flowering is this Pelargonium – an unknown variety – which was bought at a garage sale. It is growing in a pot near the front entrance to the house.
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