Before it fades …

Autumn from our back deck is always special. This great prunus never fails to put on a special autumnal show.

The view from the deck …

By the end of May, all the leaves are on the ground and the great prunus is bare. Before this golden light fades, I’m enjoying its special glow. Enjoy your garden what ever the season.

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Glasshouse gleaming and dreaming

Here in southern Australia, the days are getting shorter and colder. May is a great month for autumn colour but also for completing some key garden jobs before it gets too cold.

One such job is cleaning out the glasshouse. Which means taking every pot out! Luckily we have this handy deck just outside.

A bucket with soapy water and I’m ready to wash down the benches and the walls. It’s worth it.

Next, I hose down the concrete to get rid of all the bugs 🐜 in the corners.

I have to race against the dimming light and cold to bring these plants back in.

These begonias are still flowering!!!

Job done ✅ Now I can sit and dream of more plants! Stay in your garden and breath – be safe and positive.

Weeding Wednesday

Ok, so I’ve made that up… however, I have started a new project which requires heavy weeding and the rearranging of a rock border.

There are old pavers to be removed and rocks replaced. It’s always rewarding to see the weeds gone and a new project evolving.

The light is dappled and I can work at my own pace under the shade of the lilac tree.

Further around the garden I can see figs ripening with the hostas looking on.

After a day’s lifting, weeding and rolling rocks into place, I’m quite pleased with the result. Cats also inspected the new garden bed!

What are your favourite plants for afternoon dappled light??

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Breakfast flowers

One of the simple pleasures is breakfast at our local coffee shop with good book in tow. This morning these beautiful spring flowers welcomed me at the table.

I am reading Kate Llewellyn’s A Fig at the Gate (Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2014). Her reflections on gardening and life are wise and considered.

Now I ready for a day in the garden. How have you started your Saturday?

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Peony church

Actually it’s a peony farm with an old weatherboard chapel on site – divine. I absolutely love this time of year and these herbaceous peonies are stunning!

However, tree peonies are quite different – still beautiful though.

See my previous posts entitled The Peony Farm and Peony time to see the rows and rows of pink flowering blooms.

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