Category Archives: Urban Orchard

Figs and Figs and Figs

I have ten varieties of figs and I am eating the fruit from three of them at the moment.  The relentless heatwave (29ºC at night; high 30s in the day) has hastened the ripening so I am picking more fruit … Continue reading

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The Orchard in Autumn

The orchard continues to produce.  The citruses are starting to dominate but there are still a few figs, loquats, guavas and the last of the Davidson plums.

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Loquat

It’s supposed to be autumn and I should be harvesting persimmons and pomegranates but their new leaves are being mown continuously by the possums so they don’t get to flower, let alone fruit.  I think I may have to replace them. … Continue reading

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Propagating Figs in Autumn

I use the term ‘autumn’ loosely because we don’t really have one in Sydney.  We’ve turned the clock back one hour and the leaves on my edible fig trees have dropped.  Summer is officially over. We’ve had some rain and … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Take

I have prepared a hand-out of this term’s project (a poem) for my students,  with a word for word translation and my own take/interpretation of it.  The Chinese characters are followed by ‘pinyin’, the Mandarin phonetic spelling 。 令狐楚 Linghu Chu … Continue reading

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Broken Promise

The sun rose and I had a few hours in the garden but by the time my friend and I were sipping our morning coffees it started to rain.  The weather bureau retracted its earlier predictions; now it will be wet, dull … Continue reading

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Go Away, Summer Rain

I hear heavy rain outside my window.  Oh no.  My figs are ripening and what I least want is a deluge to rot the lot.  Last week we had two days of rain and some ripened fruit dropped to the … Continue reading

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Someone Has to Do It

The work in a garden is never ending.  I have a container orchard, so the work is more intense. No tree is born to live in a pot, its roots bound by a container so that its search for water … Continue reading

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Winter in Sydney

We don’t get snow, we don’t get frosts, we don’t get cold.  We feel cold, of course, after a hot summer (forget autumn; we don’t get autumn).  Yesterday it was 20ºC when I came home around 5:00 p.m. and overnight I slept … Continue reading

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Welcome Winter

We don’t have the designated four seasons here in Sydney.  We have a lot of in-between weather and they are at the mercy of the gods. We said goodbye to summer weeks ago, yet the season returned before autumn could … Continue reading

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G for Guava

The day time temperatures have been unusually warm though one does not know what normal should be anymore.  Yesterday’s maximum went up to 29ºC (28ºC is 82ºF) and we’re off daylight saving time already.  Autumn morphed back into Summer and confused … Continue reading

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