Cold, mostly: SoS June 22, 2019

It’s been rather cold here in the Central Tablelands of NSW. A couple of mornings where the minimum temperature was almost -7 degrees (well below average for this time of year) really made us take notice of Winter, and we still have the two coldest months ahead of us. As often happens after a frost…

A Temple to Demeter

During the Second World War, there was a glut of wheat in Australia, and for obvious reasons there were difficulties in the exporting of it. As well, hessian sacks and corn bags (also used for wheat) were in short supply and the need for somewhere to store an enormous amount of grain became urgent. It…

Winter arrives: SoS June 8, 2019

It’s officially Winter here in Australia, and after an Antarctic blast during the week, the weather has settled itself into the more common pattern for us: frosty mornings followed by beautiful sunshine and warm(ish) days, although it is, in fact, cloudy today. We’ve been away for a couple of weeks south to Victoria, and I…

Frosty Morning

Frost crept into the garden today creating silvery spangles on the lawn. Minus three this morning – Winter has really begun.

Japanese Gardens Cowra.

We are recently returned from another touring holiday of Victoria -extended distances again, and a sense of freedom on the long day drives. On our first day, on our way south to Canberra, we stopped at the Japanese Gardens in Cowra, New South Wales, for a horticultural treat. During WW2 there was a Japanese PoW…

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….