Our property rises and falls on its rambling acre. I love the low side: the light is different as is the air. There is a meandering water course that is mostly dry and overgrown with ivy.
It’s a very typical mountain bush block with some surprises here and there: ferns and pink rhododendrons.
My two cats, Albert and Whitey (guess which is which😂) have taken to following me down. They peer into the wombat hole before watching me weed and rake.
My goal this month is to trim back the ivy which is slowing engulfing the maples, ferns and azaleas. Colin built a little foot bridge to make it easier to get to the other side.
I hope you had a good gardening weekend.
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.
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?
Follow me on Instagram:
crabandfish_garden for short reflections too. Happy weekend.
For all you gardeners and historians – Hluboka nad Vlatovou (Hluboka Chateau on the Vltava River) – grand gardens filled with hostas, roses, peonies and zinnias. So opulent and wonderful.
Some summer inspiration for you. Happy botanics and happy gardening. Love this sunshine.
These hot pink geraniums are putting on a show this summer.
My mum passed away last week when the jacarandas were in full bloom. We will miss you so much xxx