Can there be too many mangos?

In short, yes! This is how our mango tree looked a few weeks ago.

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garden laden mango tree

Loads of green mangos, waiting to ripen. It looked like the lushest bounty imaginable.

Do you remember that Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter films? How it suddenly threw off every leaf as if it had become extremely irritated with them? Well, mango trees seemed to do the same thing. The mangos ripened practically over night – might have been something to do with the big heatwaves we have been experiencing – and next thing you know…

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As if the groaning weight of all that fruit just proves too much for the tree to bear, down it all comes. We have been picking as as much as we can, peeling, cutting and freezing (mangos are good for the skin, by the way, my hands have never been so soft) but there’s just so much! The birds love it, we have had some delightful parrots in the garden lately, but even they have struggled to cope with the glut and there are half eaten fruit everywhere.

The rainbow lorikeets are so gorgeous, I have been trying to capture them on camera, through the back porch window.

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Not as close as I was hoping to get, they spotted me hanging over the windowsill with my camera very quickly.

Between us we are clearing up the mango glut – but there is still some way to go…

Summer in the Garden

Some delightful discoveries blooming in the garden as summer gets into full swing…

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These amazing tree orchids popped up – not sure of the variety, but they smell divine.

black eyed susan

A tumble of vine blossoms that I was delighted to discover are called Black Eyed Susans – that sounds so Old South and What Katy Did!

agas

Agapanthus everywhere – one of my favourite mad garden things.’

green mangos

The mango trees are heavy laden – right now we are trying to figure out how to cover and ripen them and save a few from the possums!

tall redgum

This magnificent red gum is just awe inspiring.