Trimmed or Tortured?

I first have to admit that I own a Bonsai. It’s a Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia, and I’ve owned it since 1993. I won’t be showing a photo of it because, well, it looks a bit down-at-heel. Of course, it’s winter here, so my tree has bare branches just now. However, even when it was…

A Cold Snap. 12 June 2021

It has been an uncommon week here in the Central tablelands of New South Wales. A polar blast caused a major weather event which brought snow to many areas, including higher parts around Mudgee. In fact, when the clouds parted briefly on Thursday morning, we could see snow on the hills to the south of…

Autumn Tones May 1, 2021

There is no doubt that Autumn is a wonderful season here in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The weather is benevolent: crisp mornings with the occasional sprinkling of frost, sunny days and an almost complete lack of wind. Beautiful weather for gardening and also for admiring the autumnal tones around the district. I…

Bowfield: a secluded picturesque place.

Mr MG and I have recently visited the garden of friends who live on a property near Mudgee. Their house is perfectly situated in an idyllic location in the centre of an amphitheatre of low hills, overlooking a large, tranquilly full, picturesque dam. Surrounding the house is a wonderful garden. Honey-coloured walls using rocks excavated…

Garden Visitors #4

Thanks to a benign and relatively wet summer, the ornamental pear trees are sporting bunches of fruit the size of blueberries, and they’ve attracted to the garden visitors intent upon filling their stomachs with an easily obtained meal. Cockatoos are large birds and they arrived en masse, landing on the trees’ upper branches, bouncing like…

High Summer: SoS February 20, 2021.

It has been a gem of a day, beginning with a perfect sunlit morning with dewy grass and cool air, followed by a splendid summer’s day: a few cotton-ball clouds, an aquamarine sky, and best of all, an absence of the strong breezes that have plagued the garden for much of this season. It’s a…

‘O Summer, wherefore art thou?’

I’m grateful for the rain we’ve had. Truly grateful. It has been consistent and there has been a lot of it. The garden is loving it, although a few drought hardy plants might be moaning about their roots being damp. La Niña was promised this summer and has delivered by the tankful. However, at the…

Last of the year: December 19, 2020.

In truth, these photos were taken on Friday, as writing a post on a Saturday isn’t possible this week, and as the last Saturday of the year is Christmas Day, also a day when posting isn’t likely to occur, I’m cheating a bit to get one more post in before the end of the year….