Winter Begins. SoS June 18, 2022

‘Winter is a season of recovery and preparation’ Paul Theroux. We are well into wintry weather now in the Central Tablelands of NSW, and it’s quite difficult to find six things of interest in the garden. Two tonnes of topsoil have been spread on various gardens and on part of the lawn, a massive effort…

Autumnal Beauties: SoS 28 May, 2022

Autumn is slowly coming to an end in these parts. Often the days are very warm, dry and cloudless at this time of the year, but because of our protracted La Niña event there has been a lot of cloud and sunsets have been magnificent. I’ve taken a number of photos of sunsets recently, but…

Falling leaves drift by my window. SoS, May 14 2022.

There has been a great deal of rain in the Central Tablelands this year. Already, twelve month’s rain has fallen and we’re not halfway through the year. Our Mudgee garden is waterlogged and water from two days ago is still lying in the gutters around the edge of the garden beds. We’ve had nothing like…

A Grey Day. SoS, November 13, 2021.

It’s a grey and windy day. Large amounts of rain have fallen in the last week or so, over 100 mm, the garden is saturated and today is a day to stay indoors. It’s much more like a winter’s day than a sunshiny spring one. The temperature was 10 degrees mid morning, when with the…

Showery, flowery, bowery.

‘Spring is showery, flowery, bowery’….the words of the old rhyme don’t always apply to spring in these parts, but this year, they’re particularly apt. More rain fell during the week and the back lawn is even spongier than ever. It has been cold as well, and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped a massive growth spurt…

Of Showers and Flowers.

It’s a showery day here in the Central Tablelands of NSW following a week of wet weather. There has been a lot of rain, and even a tornado (about 100km from us) which destroyed several houses and caused much media interest as tornadoes do not happen often in this area. Fortunately it didn’t last long,…

The Pleasure of Spring: 11-09-2021

What an exciting time it is in the garden just now. There has been another 25 mm of rain since I last posted and with warmer, sunnier days the growth happening in the garden beds is nothing short of miraculous. A week ago ornamental grasses were shorn like a ‘short back and sides’ and already…

Narcissi: SoS 28 August, 2021

It would be fair to say that Winter in the Central tablelands of New South Wales has been wet. I have, in fact, let the words ‘we’ve had enough’ pass my lips on a couple of occasions. Our back garden is flat, the ‘soil’ is clay and the drainage is dodgy. Fortunately, when we started…

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…