Monday, November 28, 2011

Watching and Waiting

Saturday was so rainy, the wet stuff just kept falling. The ground is lovely and sodden again, the garden is thriving. Little one instructs - "Mummy take a picture of the rain, it's a dark day mummy".
We've been watching these grow in their sandwich bag for the last few weeks, it's amazing how self sufficient they are.
And so the zuchinni glut begins - the little one and I planted these last week and they are starting to emerge.  I think we have 5 plants, which I know will produce a lot of zuchinni, I have missed them over winter but will probably drive every one nuts with them come summer.

 Middle one was playing with our latest op shop find - snake pick up sticks when a discovery was made.

 The little Bowerbird was in love.

We have been watching and waiting for something to happen with our cocoon for weeks. I went to give the cocoon a spray of water, as I'd read it was good to keep them moist, gazing at the cocoon thinking it didn't look right, and then I saw a flutter. We have finally reared a butterfly, even if it is the undesirable variety, it was pretty exciting. It flew around our house all day after the little one accidentally released it in her excitement, and is now in an unknown location.

Still watching and feeding aphids to our baby praying mantis, think there is only one left now. Big Bowerbird spied a mature one in the garden today.

So much to watch grow around our house in Spring.

Playing along with 1000 Homes of Happiness - The Playlist, middle one is quite enamoured with this linky and wants to know what the weekend theme is. He rushed to Google it on Friday night. Usually glad to rise to the challenge, he was too busy playing to plant a seed for me.


  1. Some lovely photos and thanks for sharing.You have inspired me to start a veg garden!

  2. I just have to say what a great idea germinating in the cotton wool it in a zip lock bag on the window. As a kid I only ever did it in an egg carton. But this is a great idea and with my son interested in seeds and things growing I will have to try this little trick of yours.

  3. Five zucchinis, hmmmm. Don't say I didn't warn you. Marge Piercy has a poem I love about it called Attack of the Squash People.

  4. Oh dear, it seems you have raised an Undesirable.

    Still...very exciting to see it successfully emerge from the cocoon! Fascinating event the small people must've loved.

  5. Hope you do start a vegie garden EmmaK, they're so much fun.

    Journey to Bliss, can highly recommend the window technique - I've put some okra in one now with the hope of getting it going quickly.

    Slugs took one out for me Linda, I think it was a favour.

    Finally some butterfly success Christine, was pretty happy even if it was a naughty one!


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young