Joanna Funk

music, gardening and my dog

Nita’s Borlotti Beans

My cousin Nita is Italian from a farming family in Innisfail, south of Cairns in northern Queensland, although she’s based in Brisbane these days. She recently picked some borlotti beans out of her garden – they look like this! Real Jack-and-the-Beanstalk beans!

I’m so excited to grow them – my first beans and they’re Italian like Nita and they’re from her garden! Super special beans. ❤️

Nita’s borlotti beans

I know beans have to grow on something so I made a little trellis using twigs and wire. Nita said, “Nope. That’s not going to hold, Joanna! You need a much bigger support than that.”

But I don’t have that kind of space! What to do? I ended up putting a pot next to a makeshift fence — it’s actually the sides of a playpen, because Wookie leapt over the stone wall to chase a water dragon when he first got here.

Now, the first sprout is appearing! 🎉🍾 For my gardener’s heart, this is what it’s all about. Want to make me happy? Give me a pack of seeds.

Picking herbs from your own garden is a joy. You only need a little for a meal, but it’s such a feel-good hit!

When Mike says, “Can you grab me some herbs? I’m going to do the chicken soon,” I’m on it.

My window sill

When my son Miles was a kid in London I used to send him into the garden to cut a few bay leaves to put in a fish pie or bolognese. I was tickled pink that he even knew what bay leaves looked like! I certainly didn’t at his age.

My garden is my happy place and I’m in it the moment the sun is up. Actually I’m in it right now, writing this. Here’s a pic from the iPad.

Everyone says this summer is going to be dry and brutal. Hopefully I can keep some things going with a watering can as I’m reluctant to run a hose every day.

Will post again if the beans make it to the fence! In the meantime, here’s Wookie ☺️.

Hello! 🐾

Leave a Reply

About Joanna

Joanna is British Australian. She worked mainly in financial news in London. In her forties she moved to her parents’ birthplace, Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, where she became a pianist in a hotel and wrote a blog about musicians. The blog became a book before Joanna came to Australia in 2012. In this blog she writes mostly about music, gardening, and trips to Sabah. Oh, and Wookie the Havanese.

Post Tags

13th Street Films actor Agency 888 Australian film Beale Bob Marley tribute band Brisbane Jazz Club castings Chong Ali Continuance Pictures David Austin director garden Jacks jazz kangaroo keyboard player live music Melodica metal model orchestra pianist piano Queensland Music Festival rapper reggae reviews Roaring Lion roaringlionreggae Sabah SabahSongs book Scenestr Scenic Rim short film Sunnybank Theatre teaching The Fam Under This Sky UTS Valtozash violinist WookieTheHavanese writer Yap Keng Vui

%d bloggers like this: