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 out, weeds have been profligate, and myriads of aphids have attached themselves wantonly to new rose shoots and buds.
There’s plenty to do outside but still time to enjoy the extraordinarily enjoyable sensual pleasures that this season brings. Without further ado, here are my six for this week:
One: In a froth of pink and mauve, Alyssum and Leptospermum scoparium ‘Pink Cascade’ jostle for space in the front garden.
Two: Bees are loving the heavily flowered Ceonothus ‘Blue Pacific’, stuffing their saddlebags to the brim before flying off to deposit the largess from this generous shrub into their hives.
Three: As mentioned before, Ranunculas are a soft spot with me for their hardiness, their ability to spread around the garden and their apparent disdain for slugs and snails.
Four: Dainty butter yellow flowers cluster below the garnet-coloured leaves of the Berberis thunbergii Atropupurea. This shrub has terrible thorns, but it’s easy to forgive it this shortcoming when it has beautiful leaves, flowers and berries.
Five: A beautiful Bearded Iris, given by a friend. I have no idea of its name, but find it quite unusual. The colours of the petals are so delicate and the veins highlighted exquisitely in fine point.
Six: This is an Australian native- Tetratheca thymifolia ‘Fairy Bells’. It has the common name of Black Eyed Susan but it isn’t like any Black Eyed Susan I know. It’s had a struggle, first finding clay soil difficult to deal with (too much water being held in the soil), and then taking a battering from the severe winter frosts. It looks as though it has decided to pick up now and I hope it will continue to do well. It should be covered in flowers for months.
It’s a lot of fun looking at what other gardeners are doing in their gardens, and you can look too, by popping over to The Propagator’s blog as he’s the host of this very popular meme. You can see the other Six on Saturdays here.
Weather today: 7-21 degrees C, mostly sunny. Happy gardening everyone.