This is an image of the Little Eagle being mobbed by an Australian Raven recently, about midday. There were also magpies involved and it was quite a scene given that it is the height of breeding season for many birds and most of them already have young and are trying to ensure a little security.
Yesterday saw the local Albany temperature reach a 32/33 Celsius max (91 F). Today we had it considerably cooler and with some rain. Heavy at times, but short. And the recent weather conditions appear to be very beneficial to this past weeks sowing of seeds.
In a matter of days the runner beans were emerging. I imagine that in this humid weather with sun and rain it would be virtually impossible to stop them pushing up. It is possible that this is also to do with the fact they are our own, locally raised seeds.
Since gardening (where possible) in accordance with the lunar cycle I have begun to notice some things.
Despite sometimes planting a few days to a week later than I would normally plant, by doing so, the growth has been amazing and I suspect in some cases actually makes up for the delay in time.
The seedlings seem healthier and less prone to pest attack when they do emerge.
What I would like to pay more attention to are the plants that self-sow or come up from composted areas – are they growing when conditions are good according to the lunar cycle, or do they do their own thing? This would be interesting to observe and record I think.
So the skies have delivered some amazing gifts to us this week and the garden is rapidly transforming from its mulched bed appearance to a greener and more interesting landscape.
And how welcome it is – as I have not found favour with the state and condition of some of the fruit and vegetables on offer around the traps and am really yearning for some quality, home-grown produce.
The broad beans are coming along strongly and the sowing of lettuce and flowers and other greens will provide another wave of salad greens for the kitchen and the lunch box. We have reached that ‘gap’ in the season where I have let some plants go to seed and others are not quite yet reaching maturity. Spring and Autumn usually get me with this little gap between produce – so it is something to plan around for the future. It is also connected to where and when I can get in the garden, so a little delegation may be necessary to see us through comfortably.