Spring has sprung in the desert!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been watching the season unfold and with the Equinox just days away it is clear that the tide has turned and the hints of summer coming can be felt in the warm afternoons and clear, long evenings. Spring here is a tumultuous time as the temperatures switch and the winds blow out the cold of winter, but before the hot weather settles in and we bunker down for the height of the year I have been enjoying the beauty of this fleeting season in the desert and I thought I would share some of it with you:

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A couple of weeks ago, a sign of the start of the season was the explosion of colour across the road where they have a beautiful patch of Sturt’s Desert Peas. We plan to have a wildflower corner where we will locate our beehive eventually, but in the meantime it’s really lovely to have them so nearby

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Then came the mulberries! they are loaded with fruit and looking lush with their new leaves. Hopefully the fruit can stay on this year and we will get a beautiful harvest later

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Emu babies!! these were spied on a mission to Wilpena Pound, but there is a small family of two chicks in the town…. so cute!

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The quince is out in flower. Last year we had 11 fruit off of this tree even though it was only its second in the ground here. I am looking forward to seeing how it goes this year.

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All the fruit and nut trees planted this winter have shot out (this is one of the pomegranates). I was a bit worried about some of them, especially the almond and the granny smith apple as they were a bit slow, but all good!

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Seedlings of summer bounty to come – pictured are squash, eggplant and various capsicums.

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Yesterday the last of our final personal batch of chickens for the year hatched 😀 We are going to incubate a batch for the local station and will hopefully do some guinea fowls before it gets too hot, but with these 16 we have a total of 28 chicken babies so that’s enough for now!

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