It has been a gem of a day, beginning with a perfect sunlit morning with dewy grass and cool air, followed by a splendid summer’s day: a few cotton-ball clouds, an aquamarine sky, and best of all, an absence of the strong breezes that have plagued the garden for much of this season. It’s a day that really does feel like high summer, even though autumn is just around the corner.
It has been a strange summer here in the Central Tablelands of NSW, dominated by grey skies and brisk easterly to southerly winds. La Niña has brought us a lot more rain and wind than would be normally expected here at this time of the year.
Today is a breath of summer and I’m welcoming it with a few pictures of the garden. I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd, a growing group of gardeners who share what’s happening in their gardens each Saturday. You can peer over their garden walls by visiting the blog of Jon the Propagator (and runner extrordinaire) here.
I’m beginning (above) with a photo of a group of pearlescent Zephyranthes candida which have relished damper and cooler conditions. I think they have flowered much earlier this year. They’re often called Autumn Crocus here, leading to confusion, I’m sure, in Australian gardening circles – for me also, until I was enlightened by a fellow blogger.
Next, at number two, we have Pierre de Ronsard, a blushing tourmaline with his head up – unusual for Pierre. Black spot, which can be seen here also, has been rather a problem this year but let’s not dwell on that. The roses are putting on some growth ready for the autumn flush.
At number three, we have a garden corner, splendiferous in this morning’s sunshine. The juvenile Chinese tallow, Triadica sebifera, on the left has been growing before our eyes this year. Shade is something we don’t have a lot of in this garden, so we’re looking forward to the tallow providing some.
At four, another view looking from the opposite direction. This time the Chinese tallow is on the right.
It’s Zinnia time again, and Number Five is a gallery of these long-lived and durable annuals: it’s always a pleasure to see them arrive, although they seemed a little late this year perhaps due to less-than-sunny conditions.
Number six: The RSL rose has featured here before, but with her garnet velour petals I think she deserves another airing. Only one flower at a time on the plant, but it’s still young and I’m sure there will be many more to come.
Those are my six for this week. Happy gardening, everyone, and stay well.
Weather today: Glorious sunshine, 15 – 30 degrees C.