Thursday, April 30, 2009

Our garden in late spring

I captured this young tortoise in our garden and kept it for a couple of hours so my husband can see it too when he comes back from work. Later I released it near our grapefruit tree. It was about the size of half a small tomato. We noticed several tortoises in our garden, and whenever we work there, we are careful not to step on them.

These pear blossoms were the last in this season, I think. The blossoms are almost gone now, and hopefully, soon they will be replaced by pears. Last year's pears were excellent, and we look forward to enjoying them this year too.

A pansy. One of my favorite flowers.

A patch of fresh mint. I don't drink mint tea these days because I've heard it might not be good for breastfeeding mothers, but I enjoy the fresh smell.

Our grape vine is covered with budding grapes. Last year, we moved in at the end of grape season, so we didn't have a chance to see them grow. Fascinating and fun! I love our little garden.

18 comments:

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Becky said...

Very nice pictures! I love the little tortoise - we don't have many around here, they mostly stay by the water.

I like your pictures of Isreal. Being an American, I've always pictured Isreal as a desert for some reason. I enjoy seeing pictures of what Isreal really looks like :)

Tracy said...

My husband would be thrilled if we had tortoises in our garden! Do they get very large?

Dragon Petals said...

It's ironic - the one plant flourishing in my garden this year is mint - and I can't drink any of it due to nursing. How frustrating!! You have a lovely garden by the way. :)

Mrs. Anna T said...

Tracy, I think the tortoises get about as large as a dessert plate. I noticed two crawling around today when I was hanging laundry.

Mrs. Rabe said...

A friend just returned from a trip to Israel...he said it was great, that the weather was beautiful, the sun strong but nice cool breezes...he had a nice tan.

Thank you for sharing your life with us....

Morag said...

Anna,
Your garden looks like it will beautiful this year. Tortoises, being reptiles, continue to grow all their life, their rate of growth just slows after they reach reproductive age. They will eat slugs, snails and other destructive pests, but they are also very fond of fruit, so keep your grapes staked up out its reach and put wire cages around any low fruit plants like strawberries.

Anonymous said...

It's so good to see Spring coming!...thanks for sharing your garden with us. I'll bet the tortoises are welcome little creatures, as they must keep the bug population in check. I just helped a friend plant some pansies yesterday. they're such cheerful flowers!

Brenda

Clare Marie-Therese Duroc said...

Beautiful pictures! I love that pansy... one of my favourite flowers, too. So sweet!

Bethany Hudson said...

How cute is the turtle!!! And, the mint looks delicious. Do you know what variety it is?
~Bethany

Elizabeth said...

You have wild tortoises in your garden ? How fantastic !

I have a very much-loved pet tortoise, which I have had for 38 years, trotting around my garden here in the UK.
He terrorises my dog !

Katie S said...

My grape vines are budding to!!

Ways of Zion said...

How wonderful! Our apple trees are about to bud so we are just a but behind you guys!

You will be pleased that right now pansies fill our window boxes!

Hugs!

Front Porch Society said...

I envy you having a garden. One day I hope to have one, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Your garden looks lovely, I'm working really hard at the moment to get mine into a decent state. When we moved in it was so overgrown with brambles that a fox family moved in and I hadn't the heart to disturb the adorable cubs :D But now they've all flown the nest I've planted herbs and strawberries and I'm hoping for the best.

Rose said...

Isn't it extraordinary how exotic flora and fauna seem to be when we compare different countries? I was as fascinated with the tortoise as you might be with our koalas or wallabies. The grape vine and the pear tree look lovely. Cheers, Rose

Buffy said...

I can't believe you have wild tortoises roaming around your garden.

A lot of tortoises were imported to Britain as pets but they are not native to this country. They have more or less stopped bringing them over now but because they can live so long some people still have them in their garden, like the lady who commented above.

A book was recently published about a tortoise who served as a ship's mascot during the Crimean War (in 1854). He retired to a stately home where he lived over a century. In 1926 they realised that "he" was in fact "she". In 2004 she died aged around 160.

I wonder what sort of life is ahead for your little creature?

Jan Hatchett said...

What lovely photos! I especially loved the pansy. My dear Granny used to say that she loved to talk to the pansies as they were the only flowers with faces! I have loved their "little faces" ever since!