Saturday, December 22, 2012

Summer Solstice

Today is our Summer Solstice here in the NZ (the 'shortest LONGEST day'), looks to be a beautiful day outside. Hope all is well with everyone and that your Christmas preparations are going well, the stress levels not too high! Always a busy time here in NZ, what with school holidays, summer and Christmas all at the same time.

I've been fairly busy here, doing the occasional spot of gardening, most of the veg are coming along nicely. We are getting regular zucchini (hoorah for zucchini!). I planted the ribbed Italian Costata Romanesco again this year which I think has better flavour that the smooth skinned varieties.

We've also eating beans, lettuces, herbs, spinach/rainbow chard. Cucumbers, chillies and tomatoes are in the wings. Pumpkins, corn, squash and more beans are coming along nicely. Hopefully we should get a good harvest of pumpkins for next year's pigs.

And here's a photo of the lovely hollyhocks, they are very tall (over 6 feet) and deep purple almost black. They obviously like the spot I've got them in. Might grow some other colours further along the fence next year.

Anyway, wishing you all a very enjoyable festive season and all the best for 2013.


ms lottie said...

Merry Christmas, Bridget and enjoy the sunshine (we're hoping we get some rain from the cyclone but not the wind - too much to ask?).

Your hollyhocks are lovely and your garden sounds wonderful.

sue in NZ said...

I think you'll find it's the longest day - shortest night!!

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Thanks Sue.......DOH! I knew that but typed the wrong thing...!
Merry Xmas

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Thanks Ms Lottie, hope you had a Merry Xmas too