Autumn is finally well-esconced in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, and in fact even Winter made its looming presence felt yesterday with a blast of cold air bringing us a little rain, strong wind and snow to some places. The maximum temperature here was 11 degrees C and that was only for about five minutes. It was a day for settling snugly by the fire and doing indoor things. The weather was better today, but even so, Winter is prising the fabric of the days apart with its icy fingers and threatening an imminent arrival. You can feel it in the sneaky chilly breeze.
Six on Saturday is the mushrooming meme hosted by The Propagator. To see what other green-fingered folk have happening in their gardens, drop in to his blog where you'll find inspiring gardens and ideas.
As the season comes to a close, it's becoming more difficult to find six things in my garden on a Saturday, but here are mine for this week.
- Agastache 'Sweet Lili' is having a last pirouette before closing down for the Winter. She has flowered constantly since last October. A star performer who has danced through the summer despite everything the season threw at her.
2. Caught re-handed! A King Parrot helps himself to olives. As a consequence the few olives we had were harvested soon afterwards. I wonder that the parrots can eat olives off the tree as they taste very bitter. Needs must when the drought bites.
3, The flowers of Erica melanthera 'Ruby Shepherd'. It's a winter-flowering shrub, so should bring brightness to the garden when many other plants are dormant. It's a very recent addition to the garden and only very small, but I like it so much I've decided more must be found forthwith.
4. Lobelia flowers. An underrated plant, lobelia will flower for most of the winter here. The flowers are like indigo butterflies.
5. Banksia blechhnifolia. This is a Western Australian native. Plants from WA can sulk a little over on this side of Australia, but this one has been behaving quite well. These furry growths are at the end of the stems and they remind me, in close-up, of moths' feelers waving inquisitively. So far there has been only one flower on this plant and I'll have to wait until about September to see some more.
6. Crepe Myrtle 'Natchez'. Here are the beautiful Autumn leaves. It's only a small tree but is so hardy and beautiful in every season.
Weather today: Cloudy. 6-16 degrees Celcius.
Happy gardening everyone!