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….

Six on Saturday: November 21, 2020

A week of hot dry days has seen the hoses out seriously for the first time this Spring. There has been some wind as well: on Monday it was 35 degrees and very windy, a recipe for lethargy and languor which could only be assuaged by the application of water. The roses have pretty much…

Throngs of Colour. SoS October 31, 2020.

Six on Saturday this week is leading off with an old friend, Rosa ‘Climbing Pinkie’. Having ended last season with as bad a dose of powdery mildew as you’re likely to see anywhere, steady applications of potash and rose food and a good prune have helped to ensure that Pinkie has rewarded with an outstanding…

It rained today…. SoS October 24, 2020.

It has rained today and it seems that in the matter of a morning, the garden has stood up, greened up and geared up again, rejuvenated and ready for more of the rampant flowering that has delighted us for the last few weeks. The bulbs and irises are almost over now and others have taken…

Mayfield Gardens

A visit to Mayfield gardens has been a long-held desire of mine, and I was not disappointed after a recent visit with Mr MG. Unapologetically taking many of its design ideas from European gardens, Mayfield is a 65 hectare privately-owned cool climate garden in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Upon our arrival, and…

Soirée

An assemblage of nineteenth century ladies, all bosoms and bustles, sails across the garden to a soirée of genteel entertainment and mayhap the chance to meet like-minded young gentlemen.