I hope everyone has had a happy new year.
I’ve added a couple of semi-static pages to the blog.
The first is a map of the garden. I have really enjoyed the maps that others have uploaded, so I’ve decided to play copy-cat. The map serves as both a proposed layout as well as documenting some of the changes that have occurred. It can be accessed either from the top menu or by clicking here.
I’ve also started documenting some of the trees that I planted around the garden and will take happy snaps each year. It is also accessed by the top menu or by clicking here.
But as we are now in high summer, the garden is charging along:
Certainly not a prudish flower with those stigma and stamens 😉
This bulb came from a packet of 20 mixed types and colours last spring, so I honestly don’t know what I’ll end up with….the surprise is part of the fun. That, and being able to enjoy the super cheap prices that suppliers give to the left over bulbs!
I have dotted them around the garden and the pink ones are the first to open.
One thing that I know will annoy Northern gardeners is the fact that we don’t have the Lily Beetle here in Australia (we have our own version, but it just nibbles politely at the leaves), so the foliage, buds and flowers actually remain on the plant rather than in the digestive tract of a bug:
The main thing about this composition though is the scent: on a warm summer day in the sheltered ‘secret garden’ area, heady, syrupy sweet lilies mixing with the white pepper of the Lupins is like being in a Creole kitchen!
The Lupins still keep sending up new spikes.
With the super warm spring weather, the Agapanthus are about 4 weeks early:
They are an indestructible weed here – admittedly a very pretty weed – but a weed none-the-less.
Not even cold stops them: their leaves all turned to mush during winter:
The leaves all turned brown and black and the remaining ones went horribly spongy. I didn’t cut any dead leaves back, nor feed, nor water it, yet it’s healthier than ever…..!
That clump represents a future chiropractor bill when I eventually dig it out and place the divisions along one of the driveways.
I’ve also used a few of the days off between Christmas and New Year to start taming some of the goat track that passes for a corner of the back yard:
Quite a few more steps to add before I make all the way down the hill….!!!!
Happy Gardening 🙂