I used this quote a few weeks ago, but after I picked some herbs from my Balcony Garden for a breakfast omelette this morning, it seemed appropriate to repeat the quote……..

 I like to encourage people interested in gardening or planting to begin with a simple herb garden. Even if you live in a small apartment, you can have some herb pots.

Anna Getty

Herbs will grow on a windowsill as long as you have some light and remember to cater to their thirst requirements and have well-drained soil.

97% of herbs don’t like wet feet and do like at least 5 hours of sunlight (or even just good light).   But I have grown herbs in only about 2-3 hours of sunlight, then TLC and a small dose of good luck steps in.

There are some herbs that like dry conditions like some of the Mediterranean Herbs and there are some that grow in the semi-shade.

Trial & Error is a good Teacher (I know this as I have regular daily lessons, especially in the Error department)  😀


LAUGHING KOOKABURRA (Dacelo novaeguineae)

The Laughing Kookaburra is one of the largest and most well-known Australian kingfishers.   I found this image from 2011 in my archives today and remembered that it is mostly found on the east and south-east coast of Australia.

I daresay many overseas folk know it’s famous raucous accelerating laugh.

I found this bird sitting on a garden seat in the Royal Botanic Gardens and managed to get several photos before it flew away.   I don’t think I have ever been as close to a Kookaburra since, although I’ve taken many photos from some distance away.