A grey and rather wintry day today. Even though it isn’t winter yet, the temperature indicated colder days ahead as it struggled towards 13 degrees, and a cold wind nipped around my knees and ears as I visited two gardens which are going to be included in the Mudgee Open Garden weekend in October. All being well.
I didn’t have much time for my own garden today, but I’m joining this week’s Six on Saturday with some pictures of the last of what has been a perfect Autumn here in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. We’ve had rain, plenty of sun and a couple of light frosts, but truly the weather has been spectacular.
One: Above, the leaves on the pyrus in the middle of the garden are still warmly coloured and the miniature fruit are attracting the king parrots who are coming to visit.
Two: Splendidly yellow, a tree which isn’t ours, but lives on the other side of the paddock behind us, along with the Cleo the horse, who knows Mr MG’s voice and shape and whinnies shamelessly to be taken an apple whenever she sees him in the garden.
Three: Another part of the pyrus. We inherited five of them, and another one is behind, both in position and colour. They are the columnar type so don’t really provide a great deal of shade but make up for that shortcoming with fabulous autumn colour and glorious flowers in the spring.
Four: A pyrus is framed by a purple leafed leptospermum making a satisfying colour contrast.
Five: Rosa ‘Climbing Pinkie’ has been a faithful bloomer for many months.
Six: Zinnias have been mentioned a number of times over the last few months, and here they are again, the last of them, looking somewhat moth – or should that be snail – eaten, having their last hurrah against the backdrop of a Ceonothus. They have been stalwart retainers and have given us a great deal of pleasure for their variety of colour and their intriguing habit of developing disk florets as they mature, creating a raised centre with a crown of gold .
As ever, I’m joining the Six on Saturday crowd, and you can too, by popping over to the Propagator‘s blog to see what other gardeners are doing.
Weather today: 7 – 13 degrees C. Cold and breezy.