Pink(ish): SoS April 13, 2019

At this time of the year, as the garden begins to get ready for its winter sleep, it becomes more difficult to find six interesting items to present for Six on Saturday. This week I’ve selected a clutch of plants with a pink, or nearly pink hue, which have flowers still persisting despite the cooling…

Saved by Salvias: SoS March 30, 2019

The appearance of my summer garden was largely saved by Salvias this year. I’m not overstating things when I say that the days were torrid and the garden parched during five weeks without rain, but the Salvias kept on flowering, even after their January trim. I lost quite a few plants: a beautiful Ceonothus ‘Blue…

Progress: SoS February 16 2019

We bought our present house four and a half years ago, and as so many friends told us, we had a ‘blank canvas’ to work with. My SoS this week chronicles the progress we’ve made in the garden since we moved here. All the before photos were taken by an agent, so have a professional…

Harbourside Gardens

Along with the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Royal Sydney Botanical Garden is a jewel in the tiara that forms the city of Sydney’s foreshore. Glimpses of the city buildings in one direction and the harbour in the other create a perfect setting for a floral visit. On a hot…

Farewell January-thank goodness! February 2, 2019

Throughout January the heat continued unabated. Although we got off lightly compared to others in Australia, several days in a row of 40 degrees, and many in excess of 36 made gardening not an option. In Mudgee, our maximum temperature for the whole month was 4.9 degrees above average, making it the hottest January ever….

Troopers: 1st January, 2019.

The weather has been relentlessly hot. Since Boxing Day, the daily maximum temperature has only once been below 35 degrees (to 34), and several times up to 38 and during all that time, only 4 mm of rain has fallen. Of course, there are places in Australia experiencing far hotter temperatures, but ours have been…

Christmas Colours: December 21

Is it bending the rules of Six on Saturday to include six photos of the same thing, I wonder? Will I incur the wrath of our leader The Propagator? Time will tell, I suppose. Recently, I wrote about the King Parrot in my post ‘A Single Man?’ as I wondered whether he had a mate, and I’m…

Rain and Dust: SoS December 15

One:  The sky is the colour of the inside of an oyster shell, much paler than it appears in my photo, for reasons that I don’t understand.  It isn’t fog, or mist, it’s dust.  Dust which has been present for two days.  It couldn’t be called a dust storm, more a dust drift.  Australia’s topsoil is…

Hello Summer, December 1

It’s the first day of Summer here. In Australia, we don’t really wait for the solstice to say that Summer has arrived, and that’s hardly surprising considering the temperature is forecast to reach 31 degrees today. We are still having cool nights and mornings though, and during the last ten days we had rain, wind…

A Single Man?

He arrives in the early morning and occasionally in the evening – has been for the last week or so.  He’s tempted by the ‘Pig Face’ and I am captivated by his knowing expression.  “I’ve been here before, you know,” he says. He doesn’t appear to mind too much that I’m lurking in the garden, angling…