Lots of tomatoes on the vine. Guess I can plan some salads while wait for them to ripen.
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Rosemary, thyme, Maldon sea salt. Ready to be dried and stored. Image: Su Leslie 2020
One of my brother in law’s exes first introduced me to homemade herb salt, and it seemed rather exotic at the time. In reality, it’s easy and fairly quick. The flavour combinations are, if not endless, then extensive. Rosemary and thyme appeals at the moment as both are abundant in my garden. And both are wonderfully aromatic.
According to Culpepper’s English Physician and Complete Herbal, buckwheat also “provoketh urine, increaseth milk, and looseneth the belly.”
And to think, I just planted it to attract the bees.
Feijoa blossom. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Rain has set in for the day, with lightening strikes and hail forecast.
I’m hoping all the new buds and plants survive, including the feijoas (Acca sellowiana). In all the years we’ve had feijoa trees, this is the first time I’ve seen significant flowering.
My September began in Omapere, on the Hokianga Harbour — a long weekend for the Big T and I revisiting an area we first explored in our early days together. Without knowing it when we booked, we even stayed in the same place, though it has been transformed from a small motel into a larger hotel complex.
In the thirty years since we lasted visited, the giant sand dune on the western side of the harbour has begun to disappear under vegetation — an environmental success, but making the dune a little less spectacular.
On the other hand, the foreshore at Omapere is disappearing into the sea. Along the beach was clear evidence of massive erosion, including several houses and large areas of reserve that have collapsed into the beach. Enormous concrete barriers have been placed on the lawn of the hotel to “protect” the building, but I suspect that if T and I were to visit in another 30 years, we’d need to find alternative accommodation to stay on dry land.
My gardening efforts this month have been very modest; lots of planning and tidying, some helicopter parenting of a few seeds and seedlings, and trying to enjoy the spring flowers before wind and rain destroy them.
T and I celebrated my birthday with a few days in Wellington — my favourite home away from home. T hardly ever visits our capital city, so it was fun playing tourists together. As always seems to happen when I visit, the weather was good for most of our stay and the clouds were rolling in as we left — perfect.
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.
If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
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Because I’ve been a bit slow this month, four of my fellow bloggers have already posted their Changing Seasons;
Ju-Lyn at All things bright and beautiful
Pauline at Living in Paradise
Tish at Writer on the Edge
Jude from Life at the Edge
Please pop over to see how September played out for them, and also:
Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind
Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani
Joanne at My Life Lived Full
Sarah at Art Expedition
Ruth at Ruth’s Arc
Brian at Bushboys World
Gill at Talking Thailand