Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Working for myself, from home, affords me the privilege of being able to get out of the house and spend time under the skies, in beautiful places. Do I miss the soul-deadening, spirit-sucking fluorescent light atmosphere of life in an office? No way!! Last Thursday I invited my trusty camera to join me on a visit to Northey Street City Farm, in the heart of Brisbane. Together we had a blast, seeing soooooo many things. And yet, I have no doubt we observed only a fraction of what was there. Maybe it’s a sign of ageing, but for me a healthy lush garden is a wonderful world of delightful distractions. Go and spend time in one as soon as you can. It will do you an immeasurable amount of good. And it’s guaranteed to help you forget about Tony Abbott for as long as you’re there (if you don’t know who he is, then consider yourself lucky).
Click on the images to see full-sized.
some things like to grow down
view from above
the spotted lettuce
a morning dew drop waiting to drop
incredible vine tenacity
…and view from below
some things like to grow up
another garden visitor
is it a bum plant or a teddy-bear tree?
all the different shades of green
a face in the tree, looking at me
cosmos are out of this world
a fetching creature
inside the pods
it went bee-hind the flower
Since being home and reacquainting myself with the streets of my neighbourhood, I’ve come across a couple of great new developments. And I’m not talking about bricks-and-mortar-ugly-building kind of development. I’m talking about community gardens. It seems a few folk have been busy making use of urban, public space to grow (or attempt to grow) edible plants. These are places that were otherwise dull patches of grass. A boring waste of earth.
what better use of this space?
It is such an interesting idea to think about – how and where we grow our food. For many city folk, finding a suitable patch of land to raise edible plants is often a huge challenge, and one consequence is that we become more and more disconnected from the process of growing food. Growing edibles in urban spaces, such as nature strips, is one way to utilise land in a productive and beneficial way that brings us closer to this form of food production and brings the food closer to us, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
lovely afternoon spot
For many, gardening is a pleasurable and relaxing activity. But it is also time consuming. By making gardening a community endeavour we can share the workload, and increase the knowledge base and when we have a big harvest, we can make sure none of it goes to waste. Gardening becomes social and can help create stronger bonds between neighbours and whoever tends to the garden spaces. The beauty of gardening is that it can be enjoyed across generations and our learning about plants and the ecosystems in which they grow, continues for as long as we want it to. So it never gets boring!
community citrus orchard
And because these are just some idle Friday afternoon thoughts, here’s an article that has some great stuff to stay about food gardening in urban spaces: Farmers of the Urban Footpath – design guidelines for street verge gardens by Russ Grayson. Have a great weekend – go out and get your hands dirty!
limes for the sharing