Well, the seasons have moved on and the sun in migrating to the northern hemisphere, as can be seen by the increasing wedge of sunshine coming in through the kitchen window. In summer the sun is overhead and the sunshine doesn’t come directly into the north facing window, keeping the kitchen cooler than expected. But in winter with the sun’s more northerly aspect, the sun shines in and fabulous snoozes on the strategically placed couch are to be had with the sun warming your back on a winter’s afternoon.
The other way that I can tell the seasons have moved on is the plethora of passion fruit that my vine is throwing at me. It had been decorated like a Christmas tree with large round green balls, but you have to wait until they turn colour before picking them. So all summer I watched, and I watched. But the time is now! Here is the modest haul from this week. So now come the choices: smoothies, mixed with natural yogurt, dressing to a fruit salad, or O-natural. Not to mention the cooked options of cheesecake, passion fruit slice… the list goes on. See what fruits are in season at the market and indulge in what the season has to offer. It is after all the time of harvest.
I had a lemon tree given to me as a house warming present many moons ago. It suffered greatly at the hands of Gall wasp and I was at my wit’s end on how to save the tree and rid it of the pest. A friend came over and pruned it back to a forked stump. It was going to either survive or perish, but at least the source of disease was gone. A bit of food and a couple of hanging sticky yellow tubes to stop reinfection and it bounced back with new growth and green leaves last year.
Yesterday, I braved the cold weather and headed to the garage, walking past the lemon tree. It now has large blemish-free yellow fruit. It must have been sneaky, flowered and grown the immature green fruit without me noticing. Cold weather has reduced the number of forays made into the backyard. The proof was the refreshing and tart flavour, which was well received as lemon icing in birthday celebration melting moments [see other posts on these treats]. So never give up on living things, health can be restored with some love, care and judicious pruning. Recovery tastes that much better when surprised with a bountiful harvest. …And yes that is a passion fruit or two growing in the lemon tree 🙂
There is nothing better than sampling the rewards of your own efforts. I don’t have much space for a garden but I squeezed in two passionfruit vines. I tended them, watered them and finally after many months they sprung to life and grew in every direction. They seemed to flower everywhere along the vine, and with some serious searching I found some green fruit. I watch the fruit each day, but it stayed green. It was only after several more weeks that the vine seemed to drop these lovely purple balls, as though it knew they were ripe and was casting me a tasty delight. They tasted all the better for it. Yum.
I also turned my hand to capsicums. From two small plants they went wild and provided a plethora of fruit in red, yellow and green. I enjoyed an omelette with fresh capsicum this morning, which was such a treat. So no matter how small a space you have, try growing something and be connected to nature. The harvest is a delicious bonus!