Thursday, December 10, 2015


As always time is whizzing along very quickly. My blog posts are now very few and far between. So sorry for that and for this longish update.

Next year I'm thinking I may be changing the way I present this blog, perhaps just a monthly round up (might be more achievable) and possibly more photos than text.
The first of the Early Red peaches

Anyhow at the moment in the garden we have growing:

Yard long Beans
Zucchini (harvesting now)
Strawberries (harvesting)
Raspberries (harvesting)

Jocky cap flower

In the polytunnels we've got:


Coffee plants
Curry leaf plant
Galangal cuttings

All doing well although I did have a few aphids attack my eggplants, the ladybirds took care of those though! The coffee plants are ones that were planted outside but had not thrived. They are now doing really well although still a long way off producing berries!

We also had our large heifer butchered in November, and now have plenty of delicious beef in the freezer. As she was part Jersey the fat is very yellow, the meat is still just as tasty however!

Our own beef fresh from the butcher.
 In November we also enjoyed a visit to the wonderful Hamilton gardens.

The Indian garden - very pretty

The rose garden was spectacular in full bloom

The Italian garden - fabulous pergola with grape vines
This was our second visit to the Hamilton Gardens and will not be the last. The first time we were there it was pouring with rain so we didn't stay all that long. However, the Japanese garden was especially lovely in the rain as it had a large pond. This time round we saw some of the other areas we'd missed previously. Still at lot to see though and I could have spent ages smelling the roses! Hoping to get back there again at the end of summer.

Meanwhile our excursions are closer to home, namely walking the dog! Not that walking the dog is a bind though as we get to enjoy the beautiful Kaipara harbour only a few minutes walk from home.

Roxy enjoying 'walkies'


BLD in MT said...

I always love your photos so I think it would still be just keen if it was more photos than text. Good to hear what you've been up to! That is a stunning garden you visited. I would have to go back as well. I bet it varies so much by the season, even by the day. I hope your garden is very productive! Ours is all put to rest for the year now.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Thanks Beth, very kind of you. I've kind of lost a lot of energy for the blog lately, 2015 has been a tough year for us personally.
I should have said that the gardens were once a rubbish dump! Amazing place now.
All the best to you and Matt. I might not find time to read (and comment on) all your posts but I'm always very interested to see your travel shots. Your garden produce is fantastic.
Have a great Christmas :-)

BLD in MT said...

Merry Christmas to you all as well. And I hope that 2016 is a better year for you! Take care!

Tanya Murray said...

Looking forward to the continuing story of your coffee plants. I;m pretty sure they would never survive here in the Midlands but I look forward to your progress and more pics in time. Loved the Indian garden too btw. Thanks for the update. T x

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Thanks Tanya, all the best to you and hope you have a lovely Xmas
Bridget x