The Jacarandas are out in New Farm Park

Yesterday the car was at the mechanics having it’s guts ripped out making it hard for me to get to the farm to do any gardening.

So I walked over to New Farm Park instead to see the jacarandas.  They blossom every October and the trees were a feast to the eyes – I snapped away as I walked around.

Here are just a few pics.

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It was rare to find the park so quiet, it’s usually a hive of activity with folk exercising, kicking a ball around, and kids playing.

We are lucky to have this lovely park as a haven so near to the city.

P.S. Then I sold a kidney to pay for the work – and picked up the car. It’s purring now, and so it should!

A stroll through New Farm Park

My local library is in the grounds of New Farm Park so while I was there today I decided to check out the trees to see how they had stood up to the weekend storms.  (I promise not to turn this blog into a regular weather forecast.)

The council have already been tidying up after the storm

New Farm park

Dappled sunlight, New Farm park

It was a beautiful morning. It’s lovely to have this park on my doorstep.

The Jacaranda’s are out

The Jacaranda trees are out in Brisbane and I think one of the best places to see the beautiful blossom is New Farm Park so I set out yesterday afternoon to give my new camera a workout.

First stop was a surprise invitation from friend Tatiana to join her for lunch. She had prepared a delicious salad including some of the salad leaves from her own garden.

Then off I set. Here are a few of the shots that I took as I strolled around the park.

I particularly enjoyed looking through the tree at the blossom making patterns against the blue of the sky.

The beautiful thing about these trees is that once the wind whips up the park is covered with a carpet of purple blossom. I’ll keep my eye open for that and see if I can capture it for you.

An action packed weekend

The weekend just flew by and it’s only now that I have found the quiet time to sit and blog about it.

I went to Jan Powers’ Farmers’ Market over at The Powerhouse, New Farm Park on Saturday morning.  I grabbed my ‘Nanny Trolley’ and set off. The market was buzzing with folk out to enjoy a lovely sunny morning after all the rain we have had.

“Nanny Trolley”

I am lucky that I grow most of my own vegetables but there is still produce I need to stock up on. On the list I had eggs, avocado, tomatoes, a whole pumpkin (such good value at the moment) and enough new season strawberries and rhubarb to make jam.

I parked the car over near the library and strolled through the park, stopping on the way for a take-away coffee from the kiosk. As I was waiting for the barista to work his magic I noticed this lovely palm. Sorry I cannot name it, perhaps someone can help there.  Thanks to the passer-by for taking this photo.

Palm in New Farm Park

After strolling through the markets it was then time to retrace my steps across the park to New Farm library where Brisbane horticulturist Annette McFarlane was giving a workshop on vegetable growing, funded by Brisbane City Council.  I have been to quite a few of Annette’s presentations in the past. As well as being so knowledgeable, she is also an entertaining speaker.

Then I went home to make jam. A satisfying day all round.

Sunday morning was computer training over at the Apple Showroom at Chermside with trainers Jacob and Kim.

Onto coffee with son number one.

A quick sandwich and then it was off to the allotment. Always a good social time on Sundays as people who cannot make it during the week catch up with the gardening.  I seem to spend more time leaning on my fork on Sundays, yarning. But that’s good too as I learn so much and, just occasionally, hand out my pearls of wisdom.

An allotment neighbour had an abundance of lettuce and kale plants and generously passed some on to me. (She must have scattered the seed around in gay abandon – she could keep Brisbane in lettuces!). But we all get a bit carried away sometimes and cannot bare to destroy any of these precious seedlings.

One thing I had learned from Annette McFarlane’s talk the day before was that I was basically starving my vegetables. Evidently you should be able to grow a lettuce in six weeks.  Six Weeks! My last sowing of lettuce was six weeks old and still only two inches tall (in the old money!).  So even though I thought I had fed the soil – obviously not enough – I went out with the liquid feed and watered it in like mad. Willing them to grow.

Fortunately the secretary from the local Pony Club made a visit this week and has offered us pony poo. So that is the way to go I reckon.  Six weeks Annette? – just you wait I’ll have those lettuces popping up in five.

Finally I dug up some potatoes for dinner. Here they are. And they were delicious.

‘Nicola’ potatoes for Sunday dinner

Have a good week.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

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