There has been a great deal of rain in the Central Tablelands this year. Already, twelve month’s rain has fallen and we’re not halfway through the year. Our Mudgee garden is waterlogged and water from two days ago is still lying in the gutters around the edge of the garden beds.
We’ve had nothing like the disastrous rain totals that people further north have experienced, and which have brought devastating floods, destroying whole towns and causing tragic loss of life, but La Niña hasn’t finished with us yet, we’re told.
I’m joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd after an absence, a time ‘off’ blogging. SoS is a large and ever-expanding group of gardeners who share their experiences, gardens and plants each Saturday. To see what other gardeners are doing, do drop into The Propagator’s blog and enjoy gardens from far and wide.
One: Above is a view of the back garden with the two silver birch trees in their autumn colours. Strictly speaking, it isn’t a photo from today. It was taken on Gloomy Thursday, but I wanted to share the bird hotel (cockatoos in this instance) in the background.
Two: Under the silver birches are Agastache ‘Sweet Lilli’ and Salvia semiatrata ’Riviera Sage’. Dutch Iris are also making an appearance. It has been so wet I’m wondering if I’ll see bulbs such as species tulips this coming spring. They may have rotted over the summer.
Three: The little Meyer lemon tree is bearing a good crop for the first time ever. I expect before too long I will belong to that category of gardeners desperate to find a home for extra lemons. In the meantime, I’ll be making preserved lemons which are wonderful to add to Moroccan tajines.
Four: The Pyrus nivalis in the front garden with her companion Hakea petiolaris. The Yellow tailed black cockatoos are once again in the Hakea today, feasting on the seed capsules. I posted a not very good photo of one them during the week, and you can find it here.
Five: Bidens ‘Bee Happy’ has flowered for months and I’m hoping it will last through winter, although I don’t think it’s frost hardy. It’s accompanied here by a little cyclamen. Hopefully this sheltered spot will protect these plants.
Six: Lastly, two pumpkin seeds grew and two pumpkins eventuated. They could never be described as a large haul, but I look forward to cooking them before too long.
Those are my six. What are yours? Are you struggling with the effects of frequent rain, or enjoying a balmy Northern Hemisphere spring?
Weather today: cloudy and warm. 14-24 degrees C. (very warm for this time of the year.)