The weather was fantastic and warm and with the "green verge collection" starting in our neighbourhood this week, it was the ideal time for my husband and I to trim some trees so we could put those branches out on the verge.
In the back garden, the lemon/mandarin (tangerine) was drastically trimmed as it's been very unproductive and has lots of thorns too.
|Trimming the lemon/mandarin tree in the back garden|
The passion-fruit vines along the side fence are flowering and fruiting again (they last fruited in December), so twice a year! We have two kinds - a purple one and a yellow one, the purple ones being less acid.
Flowers can be seen on the paw-paw tree (papaya), it's a young plant so it hasn't borne fruit yet.
The banana tree only bore 3 or 4 tiny bananas for the first time last year, so it also got a trim.
|Passion-fruit flowers and fruits|
|Banana tree, Paw-paw (papaya) tree in flower and Pomegranate tree and fruit|
The Pomegranate tree in the front garden is old and the fruits are usually few and dry, but this year it's fruiting a lot more, although the fruit is still a bit dry.
My husband also picked the olives from the small olive tree in the front garden. It was planted about 5 or 6 years ago, and this year it's given us 2 and a half buckets!
They are now soaking in water which gets changed daily for a couple of weeks and then will go into jars covered by a brine made with water, salt and vinegar.
|Olive tree and picked olives in buckets|
|Honey suckers in trees, dove on the roof and empty nest found in lemon tree.|
While we were working in the garden our cats kept us company, with Fluffy , our ginger boy always close to the action. Shelley preferred to take a comfortable nap, and Twiggy also came to survey the work.
|Fluffy and Twiggy survey the cut branches, while Shelley prefer to take a nap|
And below is the big pile of greenery out on the verge ready for collection.
Usually a big truck with some sort of mulcher comes along and they use all this stuff to make mulch.
Not sure what they do with it - sell or just use it for council gardens.
We had to remove pebbles from the edge and put down a few more cement pavers (we only had 3 enough for the rubbish bins) so that the pebbles don't get removed along with the greens.
Greens collections gets done twice a year, so when we get notified it's a great time to clean up the garden.
|Green pile awaiting council collection|