Sunday, March 1

Australian Garden- Bell Chilli Bush




This pretty Bell Chilli Pepper bush grows in my cousin's garden in Australia. This is the first year they have grown this bush, and they already have a bumper crop. They sell the peppers at the local market. 

This pepper is also known as Christmas Bell, Bishop's Crown, or Joker's Hat. I've never seen this type of pepper before and I think the decorative shape is so pretty. 

If you'd like to see previous updates from Australia, click here and here.

Sunday, February 22

Response to Caroline:It looks like Spring in Portland, OR

I feel bad talking about our spring like weather with all the snow storms you have been experiencing. I wonder if your perennials will look spectacular this year? Just bringing that topic up because I remember reading that somewhere. We will have to see.

These Camelia trees are very pretty and start flowering in December here

Here in Portland, Oregon we have had a two week spell of highs in the 60's resulting in the flowering of many spring bulbs and shrubs. It seems a tad too early to be planting to me, but I just received notification from my community gardening that it is time to get started and that they have planted peas in the community plots.

An evergreen ground cover that flowers all year here

To be honest, I have not even started planning what to grow this year.  I know we have not even decided what seeds we are going to share this year. This early spring has taken me by surprise. Take a look at my over wintered carrots  I planted at my house last fall. I hope they taste as good as they look.

I started these from seed in September and they look ready to harvest now

There is a new addition to my garden at home in the form of a new garden ornament. It lights up at night, but up to this point there has not been enough sun to charge it. It also spins in the wind. I received it this past Christmas.

My new garden ornament

Most likely it is not going to warm up beyond the 60's. I know you have heard me say that spring seems like the longest season here. Some years it will stay spring like from this time well up to May.


A Portland favorite. This perennial seems to flower all year long

A lovely fern

New growth

Flowering tree










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