It’s a showery day here in the Central Tablelands of NSW following a week of wet weather. There has been a lot of rain, and even a tornado (about 100km from us) which destroyed several houses and caused much media interest as tornadoes do not happen often in this area. Fortunately it didn’t last long, otherwise the damage could have been much more extensive.
On Monday, Mr MG and I spread two tonnes of soil on the lawn hoping that the rain would help it settle in, and our plans worked out very well as a perfect amount fell and no soil was washed away, which is something that happened once before.
I am joining in with the Six on Saturday crowd this week, and as ever, you can see what is happening in gardens around the world by following this link.
One: Ranunculus ‘Burgundy’ is new to the garden this spring. The label stated that I would be in awe of these blooms, and whilst I do think they are a lovely colour – not all burgundy, I notice – my wonderment is somewhat tempered by the less than bountiful number of flowers. No matter, there’s always next spring as long as the corms multiply as promised.
Two: I’m happy with this wandering path: short and sweet, but colourful, and much improved by the replacement of harsh white stones by more naturally coloured river stones. The Californian poppy making its appearance on the right hand side has popped up in exactly the wrong spot, almost requiring a stile to cross over it.
Three: Also new this year is Geum ‘Mai Tai’. She’s very tiny and has a long way to go before reaching the arching nature of ‘Totally Tangerine’ who is far more boisterous than I ever imagined it would be. I find the flowers of ‘Mai Tai’ charming so a little more unrestrained behaviour will be fine with me.
Four: A no ID iris which has an interesting combination of colours. When we started this garden, I planted many blue ones, but they have never flowered which is a shame. They need to be relocated to a sunnier spot, I think. This splendid specimen, planted in the front garden last year, is happy with its lot, it seems.
Five: Regular readers may well recognise Leptospermum ‘Pink Cascade’ which has made an appearance on these pages before, but really, could there be a shrub more worthy of yet another mention? Every year, without the slightest fuss, this beauty bursts forth with a froth of frills and furbelows more extravagant than an antebellum ball gown: ‘Watch out Miss O’Hara, I’m wearing the pink tonight.’
Six: Grevillea ‘Lady O’ died suddenly, perhaps a combination of clay soil and a lot of rain, and left a space which now holds some of Monday’s two tonnes of soil. A space that needs filling!
Those are my six this week. Enjoy your gardening everyone.
Weather today: Showers and sunshine. 8-17C.