Well, it has been a long time between visits to the garden, and even more between time dedicated to working there.... Oh well, sometimes one just has to go with the flow. On a personal note, I am trying to curb my desire to be constantly productive and trying to take is easy. Taking time to smell the roses, as they say. Even if the roses are not so fragrant broccoli flowers at the moment.
I believe it is best to enclose seed heads in some way to prevent the seeds falling to the ground and germinating. I thought I would give it a go. These must be well and truly dry by now.
Connecting with nature is vital to our mental and emotional health argues Richard Louv, whom I recently heard interviewed on Radio National. He coined the term "nature deficit disorder" and talks about the importance for children especially to play outdoors and get to know the natural world. Witnessing the abundant wildlife on our property always brings a smile to my face. The day I took this photo in the vegetable garden I also saw two tiny frogs, loads of birds, rabbits and wallabies. Ok - I do sometimes curse the rabbits and wallabies.....
The extreme heat of the last few weeks has killed all the flowers. They haven't just wilted, they have dessicated. Just as well I am a huge fan of vegetable blooms. If truth be told, I find these the most interesting of flowers. Although their presence means the vegetables are well past their edible prime, they are resplendent with their crown of seeds atop their very long stems.
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.