Saturday Splendours, SoS Oct 13.

Spring is galloping ahead here in Mudgee.  We’ve had some rain and the garden is flowering in quite an unrestrained fashion. Many trees have finished their Spring blossoming and are now decked out in leaves of soft tender green.  I’ve been away for almost a week and have returned to find that new blooms are…

Bagworm

Whatever is a bag worm, do I hear you enquire?  Indeed, I didn’t know myself (despite having often seen them ) until quite recently when I discovered one of these interesting creatures dragging its home laboriously behind itself across our gravelly path.  Fascinated,  I watched its action as it ventured, half out of its cocoon, …

Bounteous: SoS September 29

It was like snow in my garden this morning!  White Pyrus petals were drifting, tossed here and there by the breeze, flurried across the garden and coming to rest, eventually, on the lawn. Almost overnight, it seems, Spring has really arrived, and I am in an unusual quandary: that of having many plants to choose for this…

Noble Narcissi: SoS, September 16

For weeks I wondered where all the snails disappeared to.  During Winter, with the small amounts of rain we had, I sometimes  went out into the garden to find snails, and to my surprise, they mostly eluded me despite searches under and around their favourite hiding places. However, one night last week, with warmer temperatures…

Furled

I apprecite tulips. I enjoy seeing colourful massed displays, but I’m not overly enamoured of them in my garden, partly because they need to be lifted each year and replanted in Autumn or early Winter. I admit I purchased my Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Heart’s Delight’ from Lambley Nursery because the accompanying information stated that they can…

SoS: September 1: Still frosty.

Today is considered to be the first day of Spring in Australia, although technically speaking, real Spring doesn’t begin until the equinox on 23rd September.  It seems, however, that Winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet here, in the Central Tablelands of NSW. We’ve had some rain, a good amount for us, and a cold…

Mintaro: a step back in time.

When travelling on a touring holiday, it’s a good idea to take note of those brown signposts that point to tourist attractions, and it’s exactly what we did when driving through the Clare Valley area of South Australia recently. Having already passed a sign to the historic town of Mintaro before we realised what we’d…

SoS: August 18

It has been quite an miserable day here in the Central Tablelands of NSW.  There was a -3 degree frost to start with.  I have to admit that it was very pleasant early this morning sitting in the sun at the Growers’ market sipping excellent coffee, eating a bacon and egg roll and chatting with…

Fit for the Climate

In the very south of South Australia, at the bottom of the Eyre Peninsula, we spent a couple of  days in Port Lincoln. The climate there is a so-called Mediterranean climate, so rain falls in the winter and the summers are very hot and dry.  We were astounded at how green everything was after the…

Arid Botanics

As you might guess, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in Port Augusta, South Australia,  is devoted entirely to plants that grow in the driest parts of this continent. To the casual observer, the arid areas might seem dull and lifeless, but there’s plenty to see: discovery requires careful observation. The Botanical garden was established…