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Newsletter - February 2018

Greetings dear friends

February must be the cruelest month on both sides of the planet.  Chatting with a friend in UK last week, he recounted the need for 7 layers of clothing while waiting at a bus-stop in sleeting rain.  And here I am surveying our parched, dry plot of dirt in heat of 42 degrees, wondering how my precious lavender plants can ever survive.

Doesn’t seem to worry the native gums though, they positively glisten silvery, green in the heat, and I was surprised to come across a spindly gum,  planted 30 years ago, covered in beautiful golden bunches of flowers for the first time.  What a joy.

February, in our part of the world at least, provides very little colour for even the most avid gardener and yet amongst our crunchy, dry, bush garden the pretty pink Amaryllis lily pops up, delivering a soft fragrance reminiscent of a Hyacinth.  It’s a trick of nature that these two flowers bloom at the same time, at opposite ends of the globe, one in extreme heat and the other, the colder the better.

On the farm T has been busy installing drippers to the bed we are about to plant.  Back in November our neighbour offered to run recycled waste water from his vines onto our property.  Yes please we said, and although it necessitated yet another holding tank, at least it has filled up quickly and we’ll now be able to irrigate the new plantings.  I’ll wait until the heat abates before planting though as it’s been so hot recently, all my lemons fell off the tree.  My fault I expect for not watering evenly over the summer.  On the same day, I went for a swim and strike me pink, got pinched on the toe by a crab.  Drew blood it did, so on went the lavender oil quick sharp to stop infection.

And in this month of the Valentine I am reminded the course of true love never runs smooth.  I was fascinated to catch up with the antics of young Fu Ni the female Panda Bear, partner to Wang Wang, housed in exclusive luxury at Adelaide Zoo.  For those unfamiliar with these two, they form part of an international breeding program, and for each of the past 4 years we thought Fu Ni was expecting, only to have our hopes dashed when “the window has now passed when she would be expected to give birth.”   Every time we think she might be pregnant, I say think, because of her ‘unwillingness to participate in ultrasound examinations,’ Fu Ni retreats to her den away from the public eye, where she sleeps and eats the choicest bamboo.   No expense is spared, and nothing is too much trouble to cater to our Fu Ni.   We fly in specialists from China and even public events, held in close proximity to the Zoo, are required to minimize disturbances, as Fu Ni is sensitive to noise.

For the record our Fu Ni is described as intelligent, playful and loves interacting with zoo keepers! She also won a medal for the Most Popular Panda outside of China.  Wang Wang on the other hand, loves nothing more than rolling around in a big cardboard box filled with fresh sawdust.  Apparently he’s a lot bigger and “we are confident he is fertile”.  Oh dear.  I don’t know about you, but I think this breeding program is in trouble.  Princess Fu Ni’s just not into him.  However, the team at Adelaide Zoo remain committed and are “confident for the coming breeding seasons.”  Hmmm.

Watch out for spiders, ants and mozzies about the place this summer.  McLaren Vale Lavender Insect Repellant can be used as a personal insect repellant, as well as a surface and room spray.  It’s free from chemicals and artificials of any kind and safe for children. Click here for more information.

Warm regards and always believe something wonderful is about to happen


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