It has been an uncommon week here in the Central tablelands of New South Wales. A polar blast caused a major weather event which brought snow to many areas, including higher parts around Mudgee. In fact, when the clouds parted briefly on Thursday morning, we could see snow on the hills to the south of our house. This is a rare occurrence. The snow didn’t remain for very long, and by Friday morning there was none to be seen.
I am joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd today. This group of inspiring plantlovers shares what’s happening in their garden on a Saturday. In mine, not a great deal, but to enjoy gardens around the world, you can go to The Propagator’s blog and see what’s happening in different places and different seasons.
In my first photo, above, is part of the back garden with a few Autumn leaves clinging tenaciously to the Pyrus. Gaura stems have also been good value, providing red colour for at least a month.
Two: Sedum “Autumn Joy’ remains a focal point and I can’t help admiring its dark chocolate seed heads even as it begins to tuck itself up for the winter. I think it combines well with the Poa poiformis ‘Kingsdale’ next door.
Three: Many Australian native plants choose to flower at this time of the year, and for this I am grateful. The wattles are preparing to burst forth in the next month, but Correas are already blooming. Above, Correa reflexa ‘Jester’ is delighting us with its salmon pink and yellow flowers. It’s sometimes called the Australian fuschia…….. grabbing at straws a bit, but it’s pretty, all the same.
Four: These tendrils of ribbon-like petals belong to a Nerine. I have a number in the garden, but nearly all the flowers were damaged by frost before the buds opened. This one, which shelters under the Ceonothus, has survived.
Five: I am developing a shady spot under the Chinese Tallow, and here a petite cyclamen has managed to survive. I planted it more than a year ago, and it seems to be quite happy in this position. They are so pretty with their nuns’ cornettes and their marbled leaves.
Six: Erica ‘Winter Fire’ quietly goes about its business and every year I’m surprised when I see it flowering in its unassuming way. It gets no attention and yet has a bright demeanour when colour is needed in the cold winter months.
Those are my six, in a week that was one of surprises: rain, snow, and a day when the temperature struggled to reach a top of 6 degrees.
Weather in Mudgee today: cloudy, 4 – 13 degrees C.
Happy gardening everyone.