I grant you it may be a misleading title, however, I have been wanting to start this project for the last fifteen years!!!! Time flies…. But here we are in isolation, so there is no better time than to go around the garden and try to identify and/or record each species of flowering camellias. So, today I start with these which, as it happens, are basking in rare sunshine, here on the mountain.
These camellias line our driveway
Camellia sasanqua featuring large rose-form flowers. As yet, haven’t found a name for this gorgeous specimen which flowers in our cold, August winters.
The first of the glorious winter shades. These blush pink beauties are the first of the doubles to flower. They were a welcome hello to the winter school holidays when I was teaching.
Enjoy the season and keep well.
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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Phew, just finished planting these tulips.
I ordered them a bit late and they’ve finally arrived.
So, I’m happy they’re in!
Happy gardening everyone.
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.
A certain beauty, in these times of uncertainty.
So much wonder and awe in our gardens – stay well friends and be botanical, always.
Thankfully, we have had much rain and warm days. The hot air is trapped here on the mountain – no better place to have breakfast than in my misty glasshouse.
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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