03 June 2014

Slow Living Month - April and May 2014


It's the start of a new month, so time once again to link in with Christine and the gang for the Slow Living Essentials Monthly 9 Link-up for a combined April and May journal.

01 June 2014

City Garden - A First Day of Winter Comparison

The definite highlight of the City Garden is the beautiful Crepe Myrtle tree (that I've written about here before).  With our unusually warm May weather this year, the tree is only just starting to turn colour, which feels to me that it's much later than in previous years, so I thought I'd look back on photos from past years.  Surprisingly, I seem to have photographed it on 1 June on several occasions so can actually directly compare!  

Here's what I found:
29 May 2010
1 June 2011
2 June 2012
1 June 2013
Today (1 June 2014)
There are definitely more green leaves left on it today than in the last few years, but probably quite similar to 2010; and the grey weather today is not as bad as it was last year!

Can Anyone Identify This Weed?

The two new and growing chickens have voracious appetites, and are constantly on the hunt for edible greens in the City Garden.  So we've been supplementing their diets with regular trips to our local parkland to gather bagfuls of grass for them.  

We are very careful to select areas that aren't near garden beds that get sprayed, or will be affected by runoff from drains or streets nearby, or if the creek floods.  We also try not to mix in any weeds unless absolutely sure what they are.  

But in one good harvest patch there are heaps of a particular type of weed that I can't identify.  There's loads of it, so if it's edible I'd be happy to help the Council by harvesting some of it.  It looks a bit like coriander.  The closest I can find in The Weed Foragers Handbook (a fabulous reference book by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland) is hemlock but I'm fairly sure it's not that, and haven't seen any witches lurking around!!

Any ideas?