Avoiding the Obvious, 28 March 2020.

I’m going to launch straight in today and try not to write about the one thing that is on the front page of every newspaper and heads every news item in all media: understandably so. But I’m determined not to mention it. I think we need a small respite from the saturation we’ve all been…

Illyarrie

March 23 was National Eucalypt Day in Australia. Each year, those who wish to can place an online vote for the Eucalypt of the year and the winner is announced on Eucalypt Day. The winner for 2020 is Eucalyptus erythrocorys, or Illyarrie, the name given to it by the Noongar people of Western Australia. It…

Early Morning.

I would have liked to start a post without mentioning the weather, however the weather and gardening are intimately connected and mention it I must. Last Thursday we had a weather event that needs to be acknowledged. It rained. All day. Sometimes it was light rain and mostly it was good steady rain, but it…

Closeups

Although a top temperature of 35 degrees is forecast for next Wednesday, the extreme heat seems to have gone out of the days and the early mornings are beauteous: cool and fresh with dew spangling petals and blades of grass. The crested pigeons leave their prints behind them as they hurry around searching for their…

SoS: February 22nd 2020

It’s been a while since I posted. The summer has been trying, to say the least, but a couple of weeks ago we received some rain and it was remarkable the change that was wrought in the garden in a very short space of time. The lawn greened up as though it realised it had…

Wellington NZ. SoS December 14, 2019

‘A ruffian wind is bliss, a blind man’s comfort station. When I get tired of walking around it, I can always lean against it.’ James McNeish, 1931 – 2016. These lines of poetry are part of the Wellington Writers’ Walk and amongst others, can be found displayed around the pedestrianised wharf area that skirts Wellington Harbour. ‘Ruffian…

Heat, drought, dust, fire and wind.

I haven’t posted a Six on Saturday for nearly two months. There hasn’t been a great deal to celebrate recently, as drought, heat, wind and water restrictions take their toll on the garden. Just now we are allowed to water on a day that corresponds with our street number (evens for us) from 6 am…

SoS (plus One): October 12, 2019

It was a dull, cool and windy day today: a return to winter, and not really the best sort of weather for taking garden photos. Flowers were tossing uncooperatively in the breeze and the sun was obscuring itself behind banks of grey, but unfortunately not rain-bearing, clouds. However, I found six photos as I’m joining…

The Rush to Flower: September 14, 2019

After a week of cold winds and low temperature (a return to Winter really), Spring is back with us today, and the warm weather is hastening plants into bud, leaf and flower. Without further ado, here are this week’s six. One: Iris hollandia (above) is relishing the warm days and its cerulean petals echo the…

Basking

It seems some folk will do anything to get exposure to the sun, although I wonder if it really was warmer four metres up a tree than on the ground. Is that a look of immense satisfaction? An ‘I’m the king of the castle’ moment? Or perhaps, ‘It isn’t really all that comfortable up up…